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Local officials sworn in Monday during various reorganization meetings

Last updated: January 11. 2014 2:48PM - 1995 Views
JOE HEALEY jhealey@psdispatch.com



Pictured are Dupont Council members, sworn in at a recent meeting by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz, far right. From left, Bernie Zielinski, Stanley Knick, Mark Kowalczyk, Pina Hansen, Mayor Daniel Lello, and Joy Tetlak Adelstein.
Pictured are Dupont Council members, sworn in at a recent meeting by District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz, far right. From left, Bernie Zielinski, Stanley Knick, Mark Kowalczyk, Pina Hansen, Mayor Daniel Lello, and Joy Tetlak Adelstein.
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The judges had a busy night.


Dozens of local mayors, councilmen and councilwomen, tax collectors and other public officials took the oath of office Monday night as their respective borough councils and boards of supervisors reorganized under state law.


Here’s a roundup for Greater Pittston:


DUPONT


Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz swore-in members of Council, Mayor and Tax Collector at the recent reorganization meeting of Dupont Borough Council.


Council President Stanley Knick and Vice President Mark Kowalczyk kept their positions after Monday’s reorganization meeting. Incumbents Knick and Kowalczyk took their seats along with fellow incumbents Bernie Zielinski, Jeff Kaminski and newest member Pina Hansen.


Also taking the oath of office was Mayor Daniel Lello who will begin his third term as mayor and Joy Tetlak Adelstein who will begin her first term as tax collector.


The meeting included the reappointment of Patty McDonald as borough manager.


Council did not fill the positions of administrative assistant and clerk. They will remain open and only used as needed.


McDonald will serve as sewer/refuse collection officer and open records officer.


Other re-appointments include: Robert Naegele of CNA Associates as borough engineer and Attorney Eric Dingle as solicitor; Fire Chief Don Hudzinski; EMA Coordinator David Boynowski; Business Consultant Al Melone and Auditor Michael Fiorelli.


Committee appointments were announced with Knick in charge of the Finance Committee; Hansen and Bernie Zielinski will serve of the Recreation Board; Mark Kowalczyk, Police Department. Jeff Kaminski and Pina Hansen are on the Street Department; Mark Kowalczyk and Stanley Knick will serve on the Public Relations Committee.


Knick said municipal office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For the month of January, there will be extend hours on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 2 .p.m.


Tax Collector Joy Tetlak Adelstein will maintain a tax office at the Dupont Municipal Building with office hours of 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning when the municipal tax bills are issued.


The regular monthly meeting of the Dupont Council will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.


AVOCA


Mayor Robert Mullen was sworn in by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Fred Pierantoni Monday night. Mullen has served as mayor since December of 2002.


Also sworn in were members of council Tom Friz and Frank Marriggi in the first ward; John Boone and Tom Goul in the second ward and Joseph Satkowski and Mary Ann Tigue in the third ward. Therese Wrubel was sworn in as tax collector.


Satkowski was named chairman and Boone was named vice chairman.


Also appointed were Charles D. McCormick, solicitor; Keith Patterson, street commissioner; Jennifer Davitt, treasurer; and Clair Kolodzieski, secretary.


Council will meet after its 6:30 p.m. work session on the second Thursday of each month.


DURYEA


Mayor Keith Moss was sworn in for his fourth term by Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz Monday night.


Also sworn in were council members Audrey Marcinko, Edward Ameika, James Balchune and Michael McGlynn, Tax Collector Martin Hanczyc and Borough Auditor Mary Russo.


Incumbent Councilman Mike McGlynn, was named council president, and newcomer Jimmy Balchune was named vice president.


Lois Morreale was reappointed as borough manager.


Monthly combined work sessions and council meetings begin at 6:30p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.


HUGHESTOWN


Wayne Quick, the past council president, was sworn in as the borough’s new mayor Monday night by Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz. Quick replaces longtime Mayor Paul Hindmarsh, who retired after serving for 30 years.


Robert Gable was named council chairman and Barbara Gatto was named vice-chairwoman. Also sworn in was new councilman William Yuhas, and incumbents Dave Stefanoski and Marie Griglock, and Tax Collector John Poli.


Angelo Acierno was reappointed as secretary and treasurer, Jerry Lynch as street commissioner and Angela Sperazza as solicitor.


Council will meet in work session at 7 p.m. before the second Monday of each month and regular session at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday.


WEST WYOMING


Joe Herbert was sworn in for his third term as mayor on Monday night by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lesa Gelb.


Mary Ann Skok was named president. Also sworn in were Ralph Confletti, Michael Dolan, Gary Stavish and Daniel Grescavage. Robert Connors took the oath of office as tax collector and Linell Lukesh was reappointed solicitor. Francesca Trotteni was named junior councilwoman


Work sessions are at 7 p.m. on first Monday of each month and the regular meeting is at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.


WEST PITTSTON


Mayor Tony Denisco is beginning his first full term and was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Joe Carmody Monday night. Denisco was appointed in 2011 to replace former Mayor Bill Goldsworthy, who took a job with Gov. Tom Corbett.


Carmody also swore in councilmen Pete Musinsky, Brian Thornton, Barry Stankus and Barry Hosier. Councilman Jim Rose was named council president and Councilman Brian Thornton was named vice president.


George Miller took the oath of office as tax collector and Mark Bufalino was reappointed solicitor. Savino Bonita was renamed borough manager and Ellen Riddle will continue to serve as borough secretary.


Council’s work session is at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month and the regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.


EXETER


Mayor Casandra Coleman was sworn in for her second term by Magisterial District Judge Joe Carmody Monday night.


Councilman Thomas Shannon was named council president and Richard Turner was named vice president. Councilman Joe Pizano also was sworn in.


Tax collector Thomas Polacheck also took the oath of office, Debra Serbin was reappointed secretary and Ray Hassey was reappointed solicitor.


Council meets in work session at 7 p.m on the last Tuesday of each month and in regular session at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.


LAFLIN


Carl Yastremski and Glen Gubitose were sworn in to council Monday night by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge David Lupas.


Paul Benderavich will remain council president and Carl Yastremski will serve as vice president.


Sam Sanguedolce will remain as solicitor and Charles Boyd will remain as secretary, treasurer and tax collector. Daniel Mimnaugh is the police chief, Joe Mullen is the borough engineer, Mark Malvizzi is the floodplain and EMA coordinator, and Thomas Perry is the right-to-know officer.


Council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.


JENKINS TOWNSHIP


Bob Linskey was sworn in as a new township supervisor by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Fred Pierantoni. He was named board secretary/treasurer. He joins Chairman Stanley Rovinski and Vice Chairman Joe Zelonis.


Also sworn in were Jean Mudlock as tax collector and Joseph Long Jr. and Stephanie Mudlock as auditors.


Charles Ross Jr. will remain solicitor, Joseph Blazosek will remain zoning and planning solicitor, Joelle Dougherty will remain as zoning officer and Robert Jones will remain township manager.


The supervisors meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month.


PITTSTON TOWNSHIP


Barbara Attardo was named vice president of the board of supervisors Monday night after being sworn in earlier in the day. She joins President Joseph Adams and Treasurer Stephen Rinaldi.


John Bonita, CPA, is the board’s secretary and is also the township manager.


Rita Timonte took the oath of office as tax collector and Frank Sciabacucchi as auditor.


The firm of Doherty, Leventhal and Price is the township solicitor and Penn Eastern is the township engineer.


WYOMING


Mayor Bob Boyer was sworn in for his 3rd term by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Richard Hughes Monday night.


Incumbents Mike Flynn, Diane Smiles and Mike Baloga all took the oath of office as members of council and Paul Konopka was sworn in as tax collector.


Council named Steve Nalewajko as president and Frank Yurek as vice president. Jarrett Ferentino was renamed solicitor, Penn Eastern was renamed borough engineer and Marcella Starr was renamed borough secretary/treasurer.


Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month.


YATESVILLE


Mayor Vince Tozzi was sworn in by Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kokura Kravitz at a reorganization meeting on Monday night.


Also sworn in were members of council Anthony Rostock and Theresa Mulesky.


Council will meet at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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