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The Batavia Town Board is back to full strength. Chad Zambito, a former Town Board member, was named last night to fill a vacancy on the board left by the sudden resignation of former councilman John Gerace.

Gerace announced his candidacy earlier this year to regain the post. Gerace said he’s challenging the appointment of his opponent, because the Town already turned Zambito's appointment down in a vote last month.

“I pulled up the agenda on the town’s website and noticed there was a renewal resolution to appoint Chad to the vacated position, did some research and had a local attorney look into it and there was no such thing as a renewal resolution. I visited the town’s work session and brought this to their attention that the proper way of handling is they would need to rescind the prior resolution,” said Gerace.

Gerace said he feels the decision was made improperly and just wanted the board to do things the right way. Meanwhile, Zambito said he’s looking forward to working with the board again.  

“I’m honored that the town board has seen it fit to put me back on and roll up my sleeves and get to work. Voters will still get to decide this only puts me on the board until December 31st,” said Zambito.

Zambito and Gerace will face off in a Republican primary for the seat on September 13th.

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