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Gallo’s not going anywhere

Outgoing mayor looks to fill council seat vacated by the incoming mayor in January

LISBON–Mayor Roger Gallo wants to replace the village councilman who defeated him in the Nov. 5 election.

Gallo is the only person to date who submitted a letter to village fiscal officer Tracey Wonner asking to be appointed to the council seat held by Peter Wilson. Gallo was defeated in the recent village mayoral race by Wilson, who intends to step down from council on Dec. 31 to assume his new post as mayor.

Gallo said his decision to continue serving the village has nothing to do with the election or Wilson. “I think I have a lot to offer, and I would like to finish the term I was elected to,” he said.

Gallo was serving as council president when he moved up to mayor in July 2018 following the resignation of former mayor Joe Morenz. At the time there were still three years left in Gallo’s council term, which was later filed by Ryan Berg, who was

unable to run for election after his candidacy petitions were rejected by the county elections board.

Before becoming mayor, Gallo had served on council for the previous 24 years. “I have lots of attributes and qualities I bring to it … No one else has that amount of experience,” he said.

When to replace Wilson came up for debate at the previous council meeting on Nov. 26, when Gallo announced he would like to begin taking applications immediately so council would be in a position to act at its Dec. 17 meeting. Wilson objected, saying he would prefer they wait until the new council is seated in January so Linda Donnalley and Susan Temple — who were elected on Nov. 5 — can have a say.

Council agreed to wait until January.

Wilson had no comment, other than to say, “It’s up to the upcoming council to choose someone to serve the last two years of my term.”

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