Updated: November 07, 2019 08:30 AM
Created: November 06, 2019 04:50 PM
WEBSTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A new Webster town supervisor was elected in Webster by 1,075 votes. Tom Flaherty said he didn’t intend on running for office, but he felt the time was right, and he saw an opportunity to serve his community.
Soon, Flaherty will replace Ron Nesbitt, who was first elected in 2005.
Flaherty has lived in Webster since 1997. He has a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Bonaventure University and earned his CPA designation in 1991.
He says his approach to decision-making as town supervisor will be to ask himself, “Is this good for Webster today, and will it be good for the future of the town?”
He plans on spending the first couple of months in office listening and learning.
Currently, town supervisor terms last for two years, and there is no term limit. Flaherty says he’d like to extend the term to four years, and create a two-term limit.
He says he beat incumbent Nesbitt because the makeup of the town has changed, so it’s time for the town’s representation to reflect that change.
"I personally when I look back upon Ron's record, I don't think he's done a bad job,” Flaherty said. “In fact, I would say my wife and I have probably voted for him several times. But there comes a point in any organization, including a town government, there's time for a change.”
Flaherty will be the town’s 32nd town supervisor.
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