The Lancaster Town Court has two new faces on the court bench – Republican Anthony J. Cervi and Democrat Nicholas L. LoCicero.
Both town justices were sworn into office this week. Cervi is the first Republican to serve on the Lancaster court in more than 35 years. He succeeds Democrat J. Michael Kelleher, who did not seek re-election after 38 years on the bench. Cervi is starting a four-year term.
The Democratic-controlled Town Board appointed LoCicero in late December to fill a one-year vacancy in the court, after Democrat Town Justice Mark A. Montour resigned in December after he was elected to the state Supreme Court. LoCicero was appointed in a special meeting on Dec. 23 with yes votes from Councilmen John Abraham and Mark Aquino, Councilwoman Donna Stempniak and Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli. Councilman Ronald Ruffino was absent. LoCicero will serve until the end of the year. He is eligible to run for a full, four-year term in the November election. Montour was mid-way through his town justice term, when he was elected last November to state Supreme Court.
Also, the sewer repair work was completed for Pleasantview Drive, which re-opened to all traffic between Transit and Harris Hill roads, on Jan. 2.
Also this week:
• The Lancaster Town Board will meet in a work session at 6:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a regular business meeting and re-organizational session at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Town Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m. Thursday in Town Hall, 21 Central Ave.
• The Lancaster Village Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in a special meeting in council chambers of the Municipal Building, 5423 Broadway. The board will consider a resolution authorizing attorney Paul D. Weiss to begin legal action to file a stay of arbitration regarding the termination of a former public works employee. An Events Committee meeting will follow the special board meeting.