2 years
The mayor is the chief executive officer for the Village. 

(All information listed below is provided by the New York State Conference of Mayors - NYCOM)


The duties of this office include (but are not limited to):

  • presiding at the meetings of the Board of Trustees.  The mayor may vote on any matter before the Board.  In addition, the mayor must vote in the case of a tie.  While the mayor has the power to preside over these meetings, the mayor has only one vote, which is equal to the vote of each of the trustees.  Village mayors do not have the power to veto any Board action.
  • appointing all non-elected officers and employees.  Mayoral appointments are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.  The mayor is permitted to vote on all Board approvals of mayoral appointments.  The mayor may delegate the power to appoint certain employees to other village officers or employees, but these appointments are also subject to Board approval.
  • appointing one of the Trustees to serve as Deputy Mayor, who serves in the mayor's absence or inability to serve.  This appointment is not subject to Board approval.  If the mayor's office becomes vacant, the deputy mayor does not automatically become mayor. 
  • appointing individuals to fill vacancies in both elected and appointed offices when the vacancy occurs before the expiration of the term.
  • supervising the police and other subordinate officers of the village. 
  • executing all contracts in the village name.
  • co-signing any checks, along with the clerk-treasurer.
  • acting as budget officer.
Richard J. Westcott ()
Phone: (716) 735-7717
May the mayor officiate at a wedding?
Yes, the mayor may officiate at weddings held within the Village limits, per NYS Domestic Relations Law §11.
Who declares a state of emergency in the Village?
NYS Executive Law §24 gives the mayor the power to declare a state of emergency within the Village.
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