Town of Tonawanda
The first official spokesman of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, Lt. Nicholas A. Bado, announced Thursday he is handing off those duties to a department captain.
“After approximately seven years of being the sole contact person for our department, I have decided that I need to step away from that role and focus on my main responsibilities,” Bado said in an emailed statement.
Bado’s main title is head of the department’s Service/Traffic Bureau, whose wide array of responsibilities include purchasing equipment such as vehicles, radios and cameras.
“It’s quite tedious, the work I do already and, the way my role as public information officer grew, those two things competed with each other so much that I found myself pulled in too many different directions even on a day-to-day basis,” he said in an interview.
While Bado will still field media inquiries for now, his spokesman duties will gradually be transferred to “eventual replacement” Capt. Joseph Carosi as Carosi becomes comfortable with them, according to the statement.
“He’s a good person,” Bado said of Carosi. “He’s a good police officer. He is someone that I think the public will take to quickly because of his likeable demeanor.”
Bado pioneered the unpaid role as the department’s first official spokesman by volunteering for it while a supervisor on road patrol.
“I realized that nobody was ever giving an answer when we had questions directed at us from the media,” he said. “I thought for a variety of reasons that that was foolish. We should be providing information that people should know and maybe information that will complement our officers for work that people don’t even know they’re doing.”
He had become one of the most recognizable faces in local law enforcement by responding to requests for comment on homicides, fatal motor vehicle crashes and severe weather.
“I’ve reached a point where I’d rather be a little more anonymous and let someone else get a bit of that recognition,” he said. “Fun to a certain degree but a burden in another way.”
Also this week:
• Sheriff Timothy B. Howard will be the guest speaker Monday at 12:15 p.m. as part of the Kenmore Rotary’s luncheon series at Jovi’s Restaurant, 2795 Delaware Avenue. The general public is welcome at a cost of $13. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kenmore Rotary President Mark Tramont at 462-0693 for more information.
• A public information meeting will be held Tuesday on updates to the town’s master plan, which envisions mixed-use development and public access to the waterfront. Representatives from local engineering and planning firms will provide a brief presentation and moderate open discussions to gather input from the public. Doors at the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205, American Legion, 3354 Delaware Avenue, open at 6 p.m. with the formal meeting starting at 6:30.
• The Ken-Ton Closet will hold an open house Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 in the Sheridan Parkside Community Center’s second floor rooms at 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive. The Closet collects new school supplies, new toiletries and new/gently used clothing for needy children within Ken-Ton at no charge. Volunteers interested in helping at the open house may email email@example.com.
• The Kenmore Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave.
• Friday is the last day for golf at the town’s Sheridan Park course. The Brighton course closed Nov. 6.
• Entry forms are due Dec. 6 for the 2013 Ken-Ton Energy-Efficient Holiday Decorating Contest. Sponsored by the town’s Environment Commission and the Police Club, there are three categories in which gift certificates will be awarded. Forms can be found online at www.tonawanda.ny.us or in the town Supervisor’s Office at the municipal building. Judging takes place the night of Dec. 10; winners will be announced at the Dec. 16 Town Board meeting.