By Janine Bowen
Patterson Councilman Robert McCarthy will exit the town board on July 1, following his appointment to the position of Director of Code Enforcer in the town.
Town Supervisor Michael Griffin appointed McCarthy to the position at Wednesday night’s Town Meeting, following the reading of a letter in which current Director, Nick Lamberti, tendered his resignation, effective June 30.
In advance of appointing McCarthy to the position, the board had interviewed several other candidates, but found that McCarthy was best suited for the job.
“After 29 years in construction, I’ve honestly got to say that the building department is probably one of the most enjoyable to work with,” said McCarthy following the appointment.
McCarthy still has a year and a half remaining in his term as Councilman, but the town will not be holding a special election to fill the his seat.
In an email, Supervisor Griffin stated the board will appoint somebody to finish out the remainder of McCarthy’s term, however, they do not know as of yet when they will begin interviewing applicants.
Also in an email, Griffin lauded McCarthy for his contributions to the town.
“Bob has been an excellent Councilman. He has worked hard at the job and is always willing to help out. He has a great demeanor and works very well with the public, which isn’t always easy in this job,” Griffin stated. “He will definitely be missed on the Town Board, but he will be an excellent Director of Codes for the town. He is young enough to have lots of energy but, old and wise enough to know how to put it to the best use for the town.”