Some familiar faces have new seats – and in one case, a new bench – inside Lackawanna City Hall.
Norman A. LeBlanc Jr., the former city attorney, has swapped office suites with Louis P. Violanti, a former City Court judge.
Mayor Geoffrey M. Szymanski, who is LeBlanc’s son-in-law, made the appointments earlier this week, upon the expiration of Violanti’s six-year term as a City Court judge.
Violanti will serve as assistant city attorney, and longtime Assistant City Attorney Antonio M. Savaglio was promoted to city attorney, LeBlanc’s former post. “Lou moved in, Norm moved out, and Tony moved up,” said Szymanski, speaking of the city attorney’s office.
The changes amount to pay cuts for LeBlanc and Violanti, and a big pay raise for Savaglio.
The part-time City Court judge’s post pays $63,700. LeBlanc had been earning $75,311 a year as city attorney – the amount Savaglio will now get paid.
Savaglio had been making $43,800 a year, which will now be Violanti’s salary.
The mayor said Violanti also is now freer to take on additional cases in his private practice since he is no longer a judge.
“He wanted to add more to his plate,” Szymanski said.
LeBlanc was looking to cut back on legal work, the mayor said.
LeBlanc also serves as pastor of First Congregational Church of Java Village.
Lackawanna has two City Court judges. One seat is a full-time elected post, which has been held for years by Frederic J. Marrano. He was most recently re-elected in 2008 to a 10-year term. He has been serving additionally as acting judge in Erie County Court since 2010, and he received $141,931 in pay in 2012.
The other seat, now held by LeBlanc, is part-time and appointed by the mayor for a term of six years.