Fulton Aldermen Pick Hayden To Lead Council

<p>Fulton Common Council member Daryl Hayden, who represents the fourth ward.</p>
Fulton Common Council member Daryl Hayden, who represents the fourth ward.

Daryl Hayden will serve as President of the Fulton Common Council in 2010.

Hayden was the unanimous choice of the Council at its organizational meeting on Jan. 1.  Hayden, who served as Fulton’s Mayor, succeeds Tom Kenyon, who remains a member of the Common Council.

“Past experience can guide the city in the direction it needs to go,” said Alderman Dan Knopp, who nominated Hayden.

“It’s going to be a tough year,” said Hayden.  “We’ve been fighting the tax situation since 2004.  It’s time to start looking at revenues.”

At the meeting, Mayor Ron Woodward revealed his choices to sit on various committees of the Common Council for the year.  They are:

  • Audit & Finance:  Council members Kim Roy, Hayden and Kenyon;
  • Budget & Energy:  Council members Knopp, Hayden and Roy;
  • Legislative Codes & Housing:  Council members Jay Foster, Peter Franco and Knopp;
  • Public Safety:  Council members Foster, Kenyon and Franco;
  • Public Works:  Council members Foster, Kenyon and Roy;
  • Recreation:  Council members Hayden, Franco and Knopp.

Woodward also participates in all of those committees.

Also on Jan. 1, Woodward noted he had appointed or reappointed the following people to various positions:

  • Cathy Trowbridge to Administrative Assistant to the Mayor;
  • Hugh Mackenzie, Alan DeLine, John Procopio, William Wood and Kurt Brown to the Fire & Police Commission;
  • James Weinhold to Bingo Inspector;
  • Deborah Somers to Secretary to the Fulton Planning Commission;
  • Mary Ann Loperdito to Secretary to the Fulton Electrical Board;
  • Valerie Demperio to Secretary to the Fulton Plumbing Board;
  • Kathy Yahner to Secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals;
  • Sharon Guyer to the Fulton Library Board;
  • Mary Earl to Registrar of Vital Statistics.

The Valley News was again designated official newspaper.  A long list of people were appointed Commissioners of Deeds for the city, expiring at the end of 2011.  Letters of disclosure were accepted from Daniel Abell and John McGraw.  The letters disclose ahead of time potential conflicts of interest.  Both are city firefighters and own businesses that could sell products to the city.

The Council approved signing a consulting agreement with First Niagara Benefits Consulting to review the city’s employee benefit programs.  It also okayed a $42,547 contract with the state Unified Court System for cleaning and maintenance of the Fulton City Court facilities the state has in Fulton City Hall, and the annual contract providing $7,000 to the Fulton Historical Society.