The Town of Washington is served by several elected officials including the Town Supervisor, four elected Town Board members, the Town Clerk, two Town Justices and the Highway Superintendent. Local elections are held in November of odd numbered years, with officials terms of office beginning on January 1st for a four year period. If an elected official resigns mid-term, an election is held the following November to fill the unexpired term of office.
Supervisor Gary Ciferri
The Town Supervisor is the presiding officer at Town Board meetings and has an equal vote in all matters coming before the Town Board. The Supervisor is the treasurer of the town, and generally represents the town in all financial matters.
- Stephen Turletes (Deputy Supervisor)
- Robert Audia
- Michael Murphy
- Al De Bonis
The Town Board is comprised of the Supervisor and four council members, who are all elected for a four year term. The Town Board is the governing and legislative body of the Town. It determines policy and is the branch of government that appropriates funds and adopts the annual Budget of the Town. Some additional Town Board responsibilities include:
- Adopt amendments to the Town Code
- Fill appointive positions
- Require all Town employees to perform their duties faithfully.
- Appoint & supervise all Boards, Council & Committees
- Award contracts for public works and purchase contracts requiring competitive bids
- Directs and supervisors all department heads and managers.
Town Board Meetings require the presence of a majority of the Town Board which constitutes a quorum for the transaction of official business (3 people). Each member of the Board, including the Supervisor, has one vote. A resolution of law is carried by the affirmative vote of the majority of the Board.
The Board meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. All town board meetings are held at the Town Hall and are open to the public.
2016 Town Board Meeting Dates & Minutes
|January 4, 2016 Jan 4 Reorg Minutes
January 4, 2016 January 14
|February 11, 2016||March 10, 2016|
|April 14, 2016||May 12, 2016||June 9, 2016|
|July 14, 2016||August 11, 2016||September 8, 2016|
|October 13, 2016||November 10, 2016||December 8, 2016|
Town Clerk Mary Alex
The office of the Town Clerk is the hub around which Town business revolves. The Town Clerk, elected every four years, serves as the Tax Collector, licensing agent and the Records Management Officer of the Town. Custodian of all the records, the Clerk is responsible for active files, disposition of inactive records and protection of the archives. As Secretary to the Town Board, the Clerk is responsible for preparing and maintaining the minutes of Town Board meetings. Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests are administered by this office. The Town Clerk also serves as the Registrar of Vital Statistics. In the Town of Washington, the Town Clerk maintains the Town website and is responsible for a variety of personnel matters.
- Justice Elizabeth Shequine
- Justice Jeff Feigelson
The Town Court plays a vital role in the New York State Unified Court System. These courts have broad jurisdiction and they hear both civil and criminal matters. Justices are required to be on-call 24 hours a day and are often called upon to arraign misdemeanor and felony charges. In cases involving domestic violence, the judges are also authorized to issue orders of protection. Town Court is held on Tuesdays, at 5:00 PM, exclusive of the first Tuesday of the month.
Highway Superintendent Joseph Spagnola
The Superintendent of Highways is responsible for the over-site and work performed by the highway crew. The department is charged with the maintenance and repair of town roads and bridges, and the removal of obstructions such as brush and snow. The Highway Superintendent responsibilities include interfacing with other departments, maintenance and upkeep of the vehicle fleet, highway garage and the transfer station.
The Planning Board, consisting of 7 volunteers, is charged with administering land use regulations and land subdivision for the orderly, efficient and economical development of the Town.
Planning Board Members:
- Paul Schwartz – Chairman
- Buffy Arbogast – Member
- Donald Hanson – Member
- Edvard Jorgenson – Member
- James Cornell – Member
- Robert Kulpa – Member
- James Shequine – Member
- Nikki Caul – Secretary
- The Planning Board meets the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals, also a volunteer board, hears and decides on appeals, decision and determination made by the Building Inspector. The board is empowered to review applications made for an area variance or a use variance on a particular piece of property.
Zoning Board of Appeals Members:
- John Parisi – Chairman
- Peter Audia – Member
- Fletcher Coddington – Member
- Ken Holzberg – Member
- Frank Redl – Member
- Nikki Caul – Secretary
The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm.
Board of Assessment Review
The Board of Assessment Review(BAR) is a lay body of citizens who live in the town or municipality. Their purpose is to listen to the grievances of property owners and possibly make changes in the assessments.
Board of Assessment Review Members:
- Donald Fegan
- Jeff Feigelson
- Ronald Galente
- Charles Leven
- Dianne McNeil
The Board of Assessment Review meets the 4th Tuesday in May.
Conservation Advisory Commission
The Conservation Advisory Commission is tasked with advising the Town Board on matters effecting the conservation of natural resources within the Town.
Conservation Advisory Commission Members:
- David Greenwood – Chair
- John Asklidsen
- Walter Jacob
- Timothy Marshall
- Howard Schuman
The CAC meets the first Wednesday.