Mayor seeks appointment for seat on Town Council

Resignation in Feb. created a vacancy

April 27, 2001|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. has declined to run for a third term, but will not bow out of town politics.

Gullo has asked for an appointment to the Town Council.

If appointed, he hopes "to provide a bridge between the past and future."

"I hope to be the link to efforts of the past, so that our community will have continued successes in the future," Gullo said.

After the budget hearing and a closed executive session last night, the mayor handed council members a letter asking them to consider him for the vacancy created by Councilman Paul Garver's resignation in February. Gullo would fill the remaining two years of Garver's term.

"This is about community, something that everyone in this town holds dear," he said.

The earliest the council can vote on the request would be at its monthly meeting Wednesday. When a vacancy occurs, the town charter requires the council to appoint a replacement. The town election May 8 has five candidates vying for two four-year terms.

When he announced his decision against a third term this month, Gullo said time demands were a factor. In addition to his law practice, he works as counsel for a Baltimore law firm and as a municipal government lobbyist in Annapolis. He is maintaining his residence and law office in New Windsor and is certain he has the time to work on the council.

"I cannot leave the town without an offer of assistance," said Gullo, whose mayoral term expires next month. "It could jeopardize all the projects we have worked so hard on."

New Windsor is involved in downtown revitalization, development issues and several projects that will set its course for the next several years.

"This would be an opportunity for me to work with the new administration, particularly on all the projects in the works," Gullo said. "No one is irreplaceable, but the town cannot afford even a hiccup on some of these projects."

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