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December 20, 2012

Janese measure evaporates as Kimble stripped of vice chair position on Water Board

Niagara Gazette —

A Niagara Falls Water Board member who put forth a resolution to ask the New York Attorney General's Office to investigate the residency of another board member didn’t show up to the meeting to vote on the measure.

Renae Kimble, a water board member and former Niagara County legislator, has launched her own investigation into the residency of Water Board Chairman Ted Janese III. Kimble hired Buffalo labor and employment attorney Robert Boreanaz to assist her and now wants Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to help with the investigation.

Janese has said his wife purchased a home in Lewiston this summer where she and their children live, but that because he still spends time at and is the only person with access to his home in Niagara Falls, he meets residency requirements under the law.

The board's by-laws state that at least three members of the five-member board must be city residents. Board members Nicholas Marchelos and Michael McNally live outside of the city.

Janese said Kimble's resolution was a thinly veiled personal attack and he was disappointed that he did not get a chance to defend his character for the public record at Thursday's meeting.

"There's no legitimate purpose (to the resolution)," Janese said. "It's just to embarrass me."

As for the resolution, Janese called the item but neither Marchelos nor McNally — the other two board members present at the meeting — elected to motion the agenda item, meaning the resolution failed to carry and Kimble would have to submit a new resolution for it to come up for a vote again.

Kimble contends that Janese was not a resident when he voted to appoint Roger Lance to a director of administrative services position with the board which carries an annual salary of $70,000. The appointment was passed by a 3-2 vote.

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