Seeley to return to government after hiatus

Village President Vincent Seeley. Contributed photo

CATSKILL — After a two-month hiatus from local government for a business venture, Village President Vincent Seeley said Thursday he will return to the board of trustees.

Village Vice President Joseph Kozloski took the reins in September while Seeley traveled out of state to start his own business.

In an email sent to board members, Seeley indicated he would take a leave of absence if needed.

“We didn’t vote on anything to accept his email or his leave of absence,” Kozloski said.

Trustees are paid $8,000 per year, according to the 2020-21 village budget. The village president is chosen by the board and is not publicly elected.

Seeley said Thursday he would be done with his business arrangements for his new cosmetics and health care companies in December.

“I have been cautious with COVID to not come back and forth from other states,” Seeley said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did away with the state’s travel advisory list last week. The state now requires all travelers to test negative for COVID-19 within three days of their departure and again on the fourth day of their quarantine in New York. Those who test negative may exit quarantine.

Travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours are not required to get tested prior to their trip or to quarantine, but must take a test four days after their arrival.

The new guidance does not apply to travelers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut or to essential workers.

In Seeley’s absence, business has continued as usual, Kozloski said.

“We are still moving along, doing what we need to do for the village and village residents,” Kozloski said.

There have been no voting issues with an even number of people because, as acting president, Kozloski is not voting. Resolutions are voted on by the three other trustees — Natasha Law, Peter Grasse Jr. and Greg Smith, Kozloski said.

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