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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO | Southold town council members James Dinizio (left) and Robert Ghosio at Thursday morning’s inauguration as highway superintendent Vincent Orlando looks on.

Newly elected Southold Town officials were sworn in last Thursday during an inauguration ceremony held at Town Hall.

Southold Supervisor Scott Russell greeted the newly elected officials, who took their oath of office led by Southold Justice Rudy Bruer.

Town Board members James Dinizio and the newly elected Robert Ghosio, formerly a town trustee, were among those sworn in. Mr. Ghozio said he was excited to get involved in issues beyond environmental sensitivity and wetlands.

“I think we have a few good issues this year,” Mr. Ghosio said. “Certainly we hope to resolve the issues with Vineyard 48, which seems to be moving along … and trying to start working towards a resolution to the problems that we have with the amount of deer that we have in town.

“It’s going to be a learning curve for sure. Even though I have been working in the town for seven years, now I get to learn about the other departments I never had anything to do with,” he added.

The Town Board will need to appoint a new trustee to replace Mr. Ghosio. A special election for the final year of the term will then be held in November, said Peter McGreevy. Mr. Russell said the Town Board could even appoint an interim trustee who would then step down to let all non-incumbents vie for the seat in the election.

Incumbent Republican trustees John Bredemeyer, Mike Domino and Charles Sanders were all sworn in, as was assessors Bob Scott and Kevin Webster.

Betty Neville was sworn in as town clerk, a position she has held since 1997.

Justice William Price was sworn in for his ninth term as Southold Town Justice. Fishers Island Justice Louisa Evans was also sworn in.

In a past interview, Mr. Price said this will be his last term serving as town judge.

Former councilman Vincent Orlando was sworn is as highway superintendent just in time for the impending snowstorm.

“I’m looking forward to getting the first snowstorm under my belt,” Mr. Orlando said.

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FILE PHOTO | The Mattituck school board’s monthly meeting is Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Southold Town Assessor Bob Scott is expected to give a presentation about Superstorm Sandy assessment relief at Thursday’s Mattituck school board meeting.

The Southold Town Board approved legislation on Tuesday to provide local tax relief to property owners whose homes or commercial structures were damaged by the storm.

The school board is also expected to vote on a bond resolution to finalize the recent voter-approved track bond proposal, according to the meeting’s agenda.

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Mattituck School Board Meeting Agenda Nov. 21, 2013

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TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | The collapsed remains of what once was the General Wayne Inn in Southold, in a 2011 photo.

The General Wayne Inn property will remain in the hands of its creditors after the finance company waived off multiple lowball offers during a public auction Tuesday.

Bidding started at $55,000 and reached a maximum of $70,000 before the mortgage holder, Liquidation Trustee Services, ended the bidding with an offer of $1.8 million, the amount owed on the property.

“When they saw the bids were not going to get to the point they were willing to accept they called off the bidding,” said town assessor Bob Scott, an auction spectator. The bidding began at Town Hall a half-hour earlier than scheduled, to the frustration and confusion of dozens who arrived at the noted time.

“If they are really trying to sell it you’d think they’d be on the up and up about it,” said Kathy May, who lives next to the property. “I just wanted to know who my neighbor was going to be. It’s ridiculous.”

During a June 4 Town Board meeting, company representative Michael Tsandilas told officials that several interested parties had lined up to purchase the once-popular inn, which dates back to the late 1700s and has fallen into extreme disrepair following years of neglect.

Earlier this year the Town Board declared the historic inn “unsafe and dangerous to the public in its current state.” The board said that following the auction the new owner would have 30 days to respond with a plan of action to make the structure safe or face violations.

Supervisor Scott Russell said Tuesday he wasn’t surprised by Liquidation Trustee Services’ gaining the title, but the company will be held accountable if a viable plan to secure the property isn’t presented to the town within 30 days.

“The bank is going to protect its interests,” he said. “Rarely is someone going to show up and bid more than the foreclosed amount. If we still don’t get resolution from the owner of record then we would undertake it ourselves and file it as a lien against the property.”

Mr. Russell said that if the General Wayne Inn comes into the town’s possession it will be demolished and the expense added to the last owner’s next tax bill.

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