MILTON – The Town Board on Wednesday appointed Scott Ostrander as one of its members, to fill the unexpired term of Bruce Couture.
Couture resigned from the Town Board to run for Ballston Spa village trustee in the upcoming March 21 election.
Ostrander is a longtime Ballston Spa police officer, who is married with two daughters. He was sworn in by Supervisor Dan Lewza following the board vote and participated in the rest of the meeting. He will need to run for election this fall to keep the seat. In choosing Ostrander, the all-Republican Town Board followed the recommendation of the Milton Republican Committee.
The Republican Committee and Town Board will also consider who should be appointed as one of two town justices, due to the resignation of John Mancini. The town Republican Chairman is Anna Stanko, who was elected to that position following the resignation of John Romano last year. (Romano resigned the party post, but remains Ballston Spa mayor.)
Stanko told the Journal that the deadline for receiving applications for town justice for consideration by the committee is Friday, March 3. So far, she said, the only applicant is John Frolish.
Frolish has sought a judicial appointment before, in 2015-16, following the resignation of Carlos Calderon. At that time, the GOP committee recommended Frolish’s appointment, but after considerable debate a 3-2 Town Board majority appointed another Republican instead, Diane Turo.
Lewza was part of that 3-2 majority, although at first he had seemed supportive of Frolish. On Wednesday, Lewza said the town will consider all applicants from all parties and none for the justice position vacated by Mancini. But he also said he is normally inclined to support the recommendation of the party committee. The board is scheduled to appoint a new justice at its next meeting, Wednesday, March 15.
In other business, Town Attorney James Craig announced that the town has received $14,000 from Heritage Springs water and sewer company, with which it intends to repay the Boghosian Bros., a firm run by Bruce and Thomas Boghosian, both of whom spoke at the meeting.
The Boghosians have for some time been seeking repayment of these funds, which apparently represented an overpayment by them passed through the town. The board passed a resolution two weeks ago directing Heritage to repay the money, although Councilman Benny Zlotnick voted against it, expressing reluctance to get involved in a dispute between two companies. Councilwoman Barbara Kerr abstained. Bruce and Thomas Boghosian were highly critical of these two board members at Wednesday’s meeting, and of Planning Board member James Staulters.
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