Paterson names Pavese interim Greene County Treasurer; legislature disagrees
Sep 02, 2010 10:33 pm
[caption id="attachment_2987" align="alignright" width="85" caption="Alan Pavese"][/caption]Governor David Paterson appointed Durham financial analyst Alan Pavese interim Greene County Treasurer today. Former Greene County Treasurer Willis Vermilyea retired from the office in July, and the Republican-controlled Greene County Legislature appointed Thomas Tracey interim treasurer. But the Governor believes he has that power, and has appointed Pavese, the Democrats nominee for the job this fall. The Daily Mail's Susan Campriello reports that, "Greene County Attorney Carol Stevens said Thursday she will inform [Peter J.] Kiernan, [Counsel to the Governor] Friday morning that the county does not recognize the Governor’s authority to make such an appointment." Catskill Town Supervisor Peter Markou is running against Pavese for the office this fall. Pavese released a statement saying, "I am honored that the Governor placed his vote of confidence in me as the best qualified person to lead our county through one of its most financially difficult times."