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Brasher officials plan interviews to fill vacant council seat

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BRASHER FALLS — Brasher officials are looking for residents who might be interested in filling a vacancy on the Town Council.

The board has been absent one member since the death of Margaret M. Burns on Nov. 2.

Supervisor M. James Dawson presented a resolution this week that was approved by the board, soliciting names to fill the vacancy. Anyone who is interested in filling the council seat must submit a written application to the Brasher Town Clerk, P.O. Box 358, Brasher Falls, N.Y. 13613. Applications must be received by 3 p.m. Feb. 26.

Applicants must be residents of the town of Brasher, according to Mr. Dawson. He said the board plans to interview candidates, most likely in March, before making a decision.

Mrs. Burns, 64, remained on the Nov. 5 ballot for her third four-year term as councilwoman. She received 297 votes during the election. Mr. Dawson said the person appointed will fill the seat this year, but will have to run in November for the remaining three years of the term.

Mrs. Burns originally had been elected in 2005, garnering the most votes among three candidates that year, and also was the top vote-getter of two candidates when she ran for re-election in 2009. She and Councilman William D. Demo ran unopposed in the last election.

She was the first woman elected to the Brasher Town Council since the town’s founding on June 6, 1825, according to Mr. Dawson.

In addition to her work on the town board, Mrs. Burns had been active in other efforts. She was the first female interior firefighter for the Helena Fire Department and, according to her obituary, the first in St. Lawrence County.

She also served as the department’s treasurer and was a member of the department’s auxiliary.

Mrs. Burns also served on the St. Lawrence Central School Board of Education and LBSH board of directors and was a member of the Democratic Club and Tri-Town Trailblazers Snowmobile Club.

She retired in June 2012 after 28 years as a customer service representative at the W.B. Goodnow Agency in Winthrop.

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