Lisa Weber will fill the Niskayuna Town Board seat left vacant after Rosemarie Perez Jaquith announced she was stepping down because she was planning to move out of town.
The Town Board voted Tuesday to appoint Weber to the seat, which Jaquith left in July because she and her husband were moving to Washington D.C. for his job.
“I am happy to assist the Town Board by serving temporarily until a new council member is elected in November, especially as the town enters the budget deliberation season,” Weber said in an emailed statement before the meeting. “It is an honor to serve the community again in this capacity.”
She will serve in the position until the special election for the seat is certified, “approximately 10 days after Election Day,” states a release from the town. The person who wins the Nov. 2 run-off will then immediately step in. Democrat Jessica Brennan and Republican Dave Feiden are campaigning for the seat.
Weber served from 2016 to 2019 on the Town Board before losing the election for town supervisor to Yasmine Syed in 2019. She had vacated her seat to run for supervisor and it was then filled during the election by Jaquith.
Syed said Weber is a good addition to the Town Board considering her past experience with budgeting.
“With the critical budget season upon us, I placed a priority on selecting an individual who did not need to be ‘brought up to speed’ and who was familiar with our operations and, most importantly, our budget process,” Syed said in the release. “Being that she was the immediate past board member prior to Councilperson Perez Jaquith, I am grateful that Lisa Weber is once again willing to serve.”
Town Board member Denise Murphy McGraw said in the statement that Weber was involved with crafting four of the past five budget.
“I look forward to her return to the board table and thank her for her willingness to serve again,” McGraw said in the release.
Weber also chaired the Community Programs and Seniors committees. She will not serve on any committees while briefly on the board, according to the release.
A previous version of this story misspelled the name of the Republican candidate for the vacant Town Board seat, Dave Feiden. It also did not clarify that current Town Board member Denise Murphy McGraw was the McGraw quoted from the emailed statement.