When asked about the acting mayor position, Deputy Mayor McCague responded that “I will agree to assume the role if village residents are supportive and if my fellow trustees vote me into that role”.
The Village of Lakewood’s Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, October 22nd will loom large for the future of the community because the Board will attempt to determine who Lakewood’s acting mayor will be. Here’s how it will work:
On the agenda, new business #5 is: discuss/appoint an “acting mayor” for the Village of Lakewood effective 10/22/18. After a brief explanation of NYS law by the village attorney, public comment will be solicited before any motions or voting takes place. People should make their opinions known during this time. Afterwards, determination of who will serve as acting mayor will take place by vote of the 4 trustees. First, a motion will be put on the floor by a trustee to name a candidate. If seconded by another trustee, an immediate vote will take place requiring a 3 to 1 or unanimous result to successfully name the acting mayor. If there is a 2 to 2 tie, the acting mayor position will go unfilled and the village will be governed by the four trustees.
What’s at stake? The ability to have a majority vote in future trustee decision making may impact approval of major implementation items of Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan. If the mayoral position is not filled, leaving only four trustees, the potential of 2 to 2 ties increases. If no tie-breaker exists, it may be impossible to move Lakewood forward. Progress in Lakewood’s renaissance could be stalled.
In addition, if a trustee seat has been vacated by the process, the acting mayor, must also appoint a new trustee to complete the term of the vacated seat.
Lakewood needs a mayor. Whoever becomes the mayor should support Lakewood’s Comprehensive Plan.
Come to the Village meeting on Monday, October 22 and make your wishes known.