Mayor busy on first night on job New Windsor's Gullo garners respect

June 03, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

On his first night on the job, New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr., 24, tackled a conflict of interest, halted wandering councilmanic discussions and streamlined the Town Council agenda.

The new mayor appeared to come away from the council meeting last night with some accomplishments and the respect of his colleagues.

"I think that it was very smooth, and everyone cooperated," said Councilwoman Rebecca H. Harman. "I think things will work out very well."

Mayor Gullo said the state wants the town to accept and maintain an access road that would be built on property his father owns between Tibbetts Lane and a triangular lot bordered by Wakefield Valley Road.

Although the state needs only the mayor's approval for the road, Mayor Gullo asked for the council's advice.

"I wanted to bring it before the council because there is a conflict of interest here since my father owns the property," he said. "Because it would be more attractive to industry, and that is important to the county and the state, they want to make an access road parallel to Route 31."

The road will not be built until it is needed, Mayor Gullo said, but the state needs the town's approval before making construction decisions.

The council voted to accept the road if it is built.

Mayor Gullo also suggested a new procedural rule, that all council members should submit agenda items to him by the last Wednesday of each month so draft copies could be reviewed by all members prior to the council's monthly meeting. Anything not on the agenda, excluding citizens' concerns or emergency business, would not be discussed at the meeting, he said.

"Council members have said they feel they have had to make large and important decisions on the spot," Mayor Gullo said. The new procedure would give them time to think about issues.

Before last night, Town Clerk/Treasurer Richard Warehime created the council agenda with input from the mayor and council members.

The council voted to accept the new rule.

In other business, Councilman Kenneth Grimes suggested that the town should buy a used truck that weekend community workers can use. The mayor and council agreed.

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