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September 27, 2009 - 1:34pm

City Democrats elect new leadership

posted by Howard B. Owens in politics, Democrats.

Patrick D. Burk takes over as chairman of the Batavia Democrat Committee, replacing Cathy DeJaneiro, who becomes treasurer.

Also elected to leadership positions were Laura Bohm as vice chair, Malloryann Flanagan as secretary

The committee met Saturday in the Genesee County Legislature chambers.

The votes were unanimous, according to a press release issued by Burk.

Full press release following the the jump.

Against the backdrop of the historic Genesee County Legislature Meeting Chambers, the City of Batavia Democrat Committee elected new leadership at their re-organizational meeting on Saturday, September 26th.  In a unanimous vote, the committee elected First Ward Committee member Patrick D. Burk as the new Chairman.  Also elected were Laura Bohm as Vice Chair, Malloryann Flanagan as Secretary and Cathy DeJaneiro as Treasurer.

The newly seated committee members were also welcomed.  They included representing the First Ward – Lauren Penman, representing the Second Ward – Nicholas Burk and Ellen Jane Burk, representing the Third Ward – Elizabeth Kinsley and Robert Turk, representing the Fifth Ward – Alex Balbi and Jared Morgan and representing the Sixth Ward – Laura Russell-Ricci and Bea McManis.  “This is the first time in quite a few years that we have had all of our committee seats filled and active,” said outgoing Chair Cathy DeJaneiro.  “It is a tribute to the hard work this committee has been doing to promote positive, active candidates in the City of Batavia.  It is our goal to maintain a positive message in solving our communities concerns and problems.”  There are a total of 32 voting members on the City Committee.

“Democrat Leadership on City Council has helped to turn the downward financial situation into a more positive outlook”, Chairman Burk stated.  “It is all about facing the issues, knowing that they will not go away and tackling them with a positive attitude that the issue can be solved.  This year we have a solid slate of candidates in the City of Batavia.  Four of the six are brand new to politics.  They have great ideas, young families and a willingness to work hard to make this a great place to live, work and raise your family.”

The City of Batavia Democrat Committee has endorsed for City Council at Large, Sara Jane Burk-Balbi, Phil Ricci and Julie Wallace.  It also has endorsed for County Legislature, Edward DeJaneiro, Chris Charvella and Rosemary Christian.

“I am very honored to be elected Chair of the city committee,” Burk stated, “I am grateful for the committee’s confidence in me to get the job done and their continued support.  It is all about community service and finding those that want to invest time and commitment to better Batavia.  I believe our candidates and committee representatives have that core value at heart.  It isn’t so much about politics, but about the willingness to serve.”
 

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