The Niagara County Legislature filled a seat vacated by the resignation of popular freshman lawmaker Vincent Sandonato Tuesday night, overwhelmingly approving the nomination of Cheree J. Copelin to fill out Sandonato's term representing the LaSalle-based district in the County Legislature.
Copelin, a teacher who resides on Cayuga Island, was selected during Saturday interviews of several individuals that had expressed interest in the seat, including announced Democratic candidate John Briglio.
She was approved by a 14-2 vote, garnering the support of all the members of the Legislature's Republican-led majority caucus, as well as two of the chamber's four Democrats. Democrats Dennis Virtuoso and Renae Kimble were the sole backers of Briglio. Two members were absent.
Copelin was sworn in by County Clerk Wayne F. Jagow, with her husband, Luke, looking on.
"It's an honor to be selected to serve my neighbors in LaSalle," Copelin said. "It is my goal to ensure that LaSalle continues to have a strong voice in decisions about how county dollars are spent, and a seat at the table where those decisions are made."
Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, C-Wheatfield, said he would appoint Copelin to the Legislature's Economic Development and Community Safety and Security committees.