Petitions calling for the recall of all members of the Paris Town Board were submitted to the town Wedensday.
An announcement of the action was made via email to local media by a group of residents who oppose the town’s intergovernmental agreement with Somers that would see some 2,500 acres of Paris land transferred to Somers in exchange for a secure boundary for the town. Paris and Somers in the IGA agree to share revenue from development in the 2,500 acres. Paris also agrees to pay Somers $1.25 million and fund two revolving loan funds designed to spur development.
To trigger a recall, valid signatures equal to at least 25 percent of the vote cast for governor at the last election within the town would need to be filed. Those working for the recall calculate that to be 202 signatures, per official. A spokesman for the recall campaign said the following numbers of petition signatures were gathered:
- Gentz 293 signatures.
- Kammerzelt 296 signatures.
- Monson 297 signatures.
The town clerk will have 31 days to determine if the petitions are valid.
An intention to call for a recall for each board member was previously declared by the IGA opponents. At that time media reports said Joseph Kolnik planned to challenge Chairman Virgil Gentz, Robert Fliess would challenge Supervisor Ken Monson and Paul Terry would challenge Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt. However, those names or any others will need to wait to be out on a ballot until after the recall election is set and they are formally nominated. Officeholders targeted by a recall will automatically be placed on the ballot.