Each of the seven town elected officials sworn in were incumbents who won in November and Supervisor Andy Stewart, announced he would be retaining the same people in the three appointed positions -- Orangetown Finance Director Jeff Bencik, Deputy Supervisor Allan Ryff and Executive Assistant Suzanne Barclay.
Stewart first appointed Bencik to the full-time finance director position in the fall of 2012.
"Jeff has done a wonderful job," Stewart said. "He came in after Charlie Richardson moved north and took a different job after many years (in the position) and he has been an enormous help, bringing fresh eyes to the budget and a code of ethics around the importance of properly audited bookkeeping. It’s his job to provide objective information and he is always looking to help the town board and myself figure out how to balance the town budget."He named Barclay to the part-time executive assistant job and Ryff to the volunteer deputy supervisor post at the beginning of his first term in Jan. 2012.
"Allan Ryff has been a wonderful person to have to talk with and to kind of keep an eye on me with his long-standing involvement in the community," Stewart said."Suzanne Brclay is really a wonderful asset to the town. We are very lucky to have her on a part-time basis. I think her for helping out with land-use issues, responding to constituents and helping people figure out how to get the most out of town government."
Editor's note: Corrected to reflect former Orangetown Finance Director as Charlie Richardson.