Local businessman appointed to fill interim post on Lee Town Board

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

TOWN OF LEE — Ron D’Amore has been appointed as an interim councilperson on the Town Board through yearend to fill a vacant seat, and he plans to run for a partial three-year term in the November election.

D’Amore, one of the owners of the Ace Hardware store in Rome who has been involved with area organizations including the Rome Industrial Development Corp. and the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority, was appointed by the board Tuesday night.

A 122 Tuscan Lane resident, D’Amore “brings a lot of value” to the board, said Lee Supervisor John Urtz. He added after the meeting, “we’re lucky to have him....He’s got the experience” to apply to board functions.

Town councilpersons are paid $7,950 per year, and D’Amore through yearend will receive slightly over half of that on a prorated basis, Urtz said.

The councilperson seat had been vacated earlier this year by Joshua Szyper, who resigned to become the town’s new water supervisor.

He had been re-elected last November to a full four-year board term that began in January this year.

D’Amore is being endorsed by the town Democratic Committee as the Democratic candidate for the partial three-year board term in the November election, committee Chairman Paul Phister said today.

D’Amore said after the meeting that he has been in the retail hardware business for 40 years, including operating the True Value store and now the Ace Hardware store in Rome. The Ace store is family-owned.

D’Amore is a member of the Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and was a past chairman.

He also told the Lee board that he had been president for several years of the Rome Industrial Development Corp. (RIDC); and had been chairman for several years of the Upper Mohawk Valley Memorial Auditorium Authority.

Referring to a “lot of the things” that the Lee board oversees, D’Amore told the board he has “some experience in that area.”

He cited activities involving “taking care of infrastructure,” and noted such categories as events at the auditorium and properties through the RIDC.

D’Amore said after the meeting that he had approached the town about seeking the board seat.

“The community has always been good to us,” commented D’Amore. “I’ve worked on other boards....I want to keep paying back, helping out....I think I can be of some help” to the Lee board.

The board has five seats overall including four councilpersons and the town supervisor.

Urtz said after the meeting that filling the vacant seat through yearend had become a more immediate need due to some health issues for councilman Karl Matt.

Other board members include Urtz, plus councilmen Joseph Goetz and Alan Trombley. All of the board seats are held by Democrats.