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Fayette Town Board announces process for filling open seat

Fayette town officials have set up a process for any resident interested in the open seat on the Town Board.

The seat became open when former board member Jeff Trout was elected Town Supervisor in November. The Finger Lakes Times reports five people have expressed interest,

• Tom Murray, owner of Muranda Cheese Co. and a member of the Seneca County IDA Board of Directors.

• Keith Tidball, chairman of the town Planning Board and an employee of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

• Linda Zwick, a former board member who lost her bid for reelection in 2021.

• Clara Fasciana, an employee of the Seneca County Correctional Facility.

• John Saeli, a farmer.

In an email to those candidates, Trout said the town will continue to take names of people interested in the seat. At the board’s February 10 meeting, a schedule of interviews will be set up with the candidates. At the board’s March 10 meeting, the board will review the interviews, resumes and other material, and if there’s a consensus, announce its choice. The person chosen will serve through 2022 and will have to run for election next November if interested.

The town is looking to fill two other positions. Account clerk Sue Hensel and Town Clerk Nancy Murray  have announced their retirements.