With new Leyden Selectboard members in place, Glabach retains chair position

  • The Leyden Selectboard meets on Tuesday at the Town Offices. STAFF PHOTO/Mary Byrne

Staff Writer
Published: 7/6/2022 4:16:24 PM
Modified: 7/6/2022 4:13:46 PM

LEYDEN — Bill Glabach will continue to serve as Selectboard chair following Tuesday evening’s meeting, which included new board members Katherine DiMatteo and Glenn Caffery.

“We need your leadership, because the two of us don’t know what we’re doing yet,” said DiMatteo, who was elected by residents last week. “It’s really important for us to have you here and to help get our feet on the ground.”

Caffery, who supported DiMatteo’s nomination of Glabach, also joined the board following last week’s election.

The change of the Selectboard’s composition comes after a turbulent year for the town, which saw both longtime Police Chief Dan Galvis retire and longtime Selectboard member Jeffrey Neipp resign. Erica Jensen, who served a one-year term on the board, declined to run again, leaving DiMatteo and Caffery to join Chair Glabach.

Caffery asked Glabach what the procedure would be for creating agendas for future meetings.

“I’m happy with the … agenda items you’d like to see on it,” Glabach said. “I’d just like them in by Wednesday.”

Moving forward, the Selectboard will hold “working sessions,” which will be used to tackle recurring items of old business; and “warrant meetings,” which will be more focused on dealing with financial agenda items. A working session is scheduled for Monday at 9 a.m.

Resident Emily Yazwinski, who serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee and other boards in town, welcomed the new faces to the Selectboard, noting how long it has been since the town has seen a full board. (The board operated with just two members following Neipp’s Jan. 31 resignation until the election could be held.) She said Tuesday night was the “most pleasant, well-coordinated” Selectboard meeting in a while.

“I’m sure Bill is going to appreciate the extra help,” Yazwinski said.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne


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