Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Pat Kelahan is moving to Newfane and expects to surrender his position as mayor of the Village of Wilson in August.
Kelahan, who was elected in 2009, must resign when he moves out the Village. The Kelahans have five children of school age and the family will live on Main Street in Newfane.
“The Newfane School District is better able to meet the special needs of our children,” Kelahan explained.
The mayor came under criticism when the village raised water rates last year, but the mayor said the decision had nothing to do with politics.
The Wilson School District’s special education program in smaller than that of Newfane. Wilson and Barker School share a special ed administrator.
Kelahan’s term expires at the end of March and the mayor’s position is likely to remain open until the 2013 election. Bernard Leiker and Jerry Kadryn are the two trustees.
“It’s a simple process,” Leiker said Thursday. “Two trustees will run the village until term ends in March.”
Leiker, a Democrat, has been a trustee for two years. A retired school teacher, he moved to Wilson from Williamsville and decided to get involved in the village government.
Kadryn, a Republican, is the manager of the Wilson Lakeside IGA Market. He was elected trustee last year. Kadryn said he would be interested in running for mayor.
The board meets at 7 p.m. next Thursday to discuss legal procedures with Village Attorney Gerald S. Sacca. “There are certain protocol to be carried out,” Kadryn said. “We’ll see what happens.”
Leiker said, “The same thing happened many years ago. Two trustees ran the village. There are not that many issues.”