Newly-elected 2nd Ward Councilwoman Annette Iafallo will make her first appearance Monday on the Lackawanna City Council, which meets at 6:30 p.m. in Council chambers in City Hall, 714 Ridge Road, for its annual reorganizational meeting.
Iafallo was sworn into her seat on Wednesday by Deputy City Clerk Gail Nicholson.
She succeeds Rebecca Darch, who served six months as 2nd Ward councilwoman after being appointed to the vacant seat in May. Darch lost a Democratic primary to Iafallo, who then went on to win the general election.
Iafallo also works as clerk to the Lackawanna City School District Board of Education. Some of her political opponents have maintained she shouldn’t be able to serve in both capacities, although nothing in the city’s charter prohibits it and state law is unclear on the matter.
In addition to approving meeting dates for 2013, the Council will consider a request from Public Safety Director Dana Britton to sell a 2002 GMC used in narcotics investigations to purchase a new Chevrolet Tahoe for the police department’s narcotics unit. Britton also proposes using insurance monies received from an accident involving a city-owned 2005 Ford Explorer toward the purchase of the new SUV.
Also this week:
• The city district’s Board of Education will hold a special work session at 6 p.m. Monday to interview two candidates for the district’s open school business official post.
Sameh Masry, the district’s longtime business administrator, recently announced his retirement.
Monday’s meeting will be held in executive session in the superintendent’s conference room 202of the District Administration Building, 245 South Shore Boulevard.
• Seniors at Lackawanna High School are eligible for the 2013 First Wind scholarship program, which awards $3,000 for one year to recipients. Applications and more information are available online at http://www.firstwind.com/scholars. Submissions are due by Feb 15.
First Wind owns and operates Steel Winds I and II, wind mill farms in Lackawanna and Hamburg. The scholarship program also is open to seniors at Frontier High School and St. Francis High School.
• Significant renovation work inside Our Lady of Victory Basilica at Ridge Road and South Park Avenue is scheduled to begin Monday with the setting up of scaffolding.
The focus of the renovations is window repair in the sanctuary. Seating for daily Masses in the basilica will be limited to the front nine pews, and funerals will be held in Our Lady of Bistrica Church on Abbott Road during construction, which is expected to last though mid-March.