Former Supervisor Bernardo appointed to Town of Union Council

TOWN OF UNION, N.Y. - Former Town of Union Supervisor and Deputy Broome County Executive John Bernardo is rejoining Town Council.

The Republican was appointed last night during a special meeting.

The process began when former Councilman Lenny Perfetti was appointed to the position of Town Clerk, leaving the Council seat vacant.

Current Town Supervisor Rose Sotak voted against Perfetti, her former Deputy Supervisor, saying she was not in favor of a council member taking over as clerk when other candidates should've been considered for the position.

To fill Perfetti's seat, the Employee Committee, made up of Council members Frank Bertoni and Rob Mack, interviewed candidates including Bernardo.

Last night, the board voted 3-1 to appoint Bernardo.

The former Supervisor says he wants to bring peace to contentious Town Board.

"I've been a Town of Union resident for a long time. I was Supervisor for a number of years and I think I still have a lot to offer. I think this board needs to come to peace and quiet and start focusing on the residents' issues," he said.

Bernardo served as Supervisor from 2005 to 2011 when he left to join County Executive Debbie Preston's administration as her Deputy.

Sotak then served as his replacement.

Sotak was the only person to vote against Bernardo last night.

She says she was shut out of the process and had no idea that interviews for a replacement were even taking place.

"I made a statement that he is a very worthy candidate, but I didn't like the process and I don't think it was time to call the question. I never heard about what any of the other candidates had to say in regards to moving the Town forward," said Sotak.

Mack and Bertoni say Bernardo is the most qualified candidate to express interest in the position.

They also say as Employee Committee members, they have the right to interview candidates and report their findings to Supervisor Sotak.

You can watch a heated exchange between members of council below:


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