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Williamsville deputy mayor stepping up to village's top post

Mike Desmond

Williamsville is getting a new mayor in the new year. He says he plans to stay the course, but also has some new ideas.

Current Mayor Brian Kulpa has to resign because he has been elected Amherst Supervisor. Monday night, Kulpa said he will probably resign December 28.

His post will be filled by Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano, who is all ready to go. DeLano said he is planning to follow the paths forged by Kulpa's 10 years in the top position and make some changes.

"We're going to chip away at a few of the areas when it comes to traffic flow and as simple as stop sign layout,"

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DeLano said. "We have an area between Mill and Evans and from Main north to the village line wherever that may be because it's kind of zig-zaggy and take a hard look at that."

DeLano said residents are also annoyed at some of the high-rise structures that have erupted, both within Williamsville and in the immediate area.

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Williamsville Deputy Mayor Dan DeLano will take over the top post when current Mayor Brian Kulpa resigns.

"Right now, it's 50 feet or four stories, essentially, in a nutshell. We'd like to reduce that," he said. "There's a couple of buildings that have gone up - although they are great - in the middle of the core of the village may not look all that pleasing, especially if they are standing out like a sore thumb."

DeLano said he wants to discourage knocking down existing housing and replacing it with housing that is not as good looking.

With the national trend toward shifting shopping malls to lifestyle housing, he says a goal is more mixed use housing, commercial space on sidewalk level and housing upstairs. The new mayor says that can be a good return for tax dollars while also making more efficient use of land.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.