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Solomon resigns as Monticello Mayor

May 12, 2018

By Rich Klein - reporter/photographer

Doug Solomon, left, with George Nikolados last month
Doug Solomon, citing the demands of his new job as provisional chief of the City of Newburgh Police Department, has resigned as mayor of the Village of Monticello. Deputy Mayor George Nikolados confirmed the resignation in an interview with the Democrat this morning.

Nikolados said that (as per Village Code) the Board collectively will select one of its own to become mayor. The new mayor, then, would appoint someone of his/her choice as a new trustee — who can be anyone from the community.

Aside from Nikolados, the current Board consists of Gary Sommers (a former Mayor), Rochelle Massey and Carmen Rue.

Nikolados noted that, aside from making appointments, the position of Mayor is essentially an equal to the trustees.
He said that while there is no emergency to appoint a mayor, it's always better to have five voices instead of four when making decisions.

The Village of Monticello Board meets this Tuesday in Village Hall at 5:30 p.m. The meeting agenda states that the board will recess and then attend a joint public hearing with the Town of Thompson board at 7:30 p.m. to amend the comprehensive plan regarding the "Grow the Gateway" corridor study.

Solomon — who served in the Monticello Police Department for 24 years including nearly a decade as its chief — became Mayor after a special election in 2015, following the forced resignation of then-Mayor Gordon Jenkins by the Appellate Division, Third Department.

Solomon was then elected to a four-year term as Mayor in March 2016.

More details, reaction in Tuesday's Democrat.

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