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Observer Photo by Braden Carmen Cassadaga Village Trustee Mark Wilson will no longer discuss Wilson’s endurance sports at Village Board meetings as long as he remains a Village Board member.

Wilson Endurance Sports, run by principals Mark Wilson and Tonia Wilson, was the subject of a recent ethics complaint filed by village resident Judith Garnkarek. Three ethics complaints were filed against Village Trustee Mark Wilson, and one against Village Clerk Roxanne Astry and Mayor Bill Dorman.

Cassadaga Village regularly hosts a variety of sporting events managed by Wilson Endurance Sports, where tourists compete while visiting the village. Mark Wilson will not speak on behalf of the business from his board seat in response to criticism that Mark Wilson’s tenure as a village board member raises ethical concerns when discussing Wilson’s endurance sports.

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“As long as Mark is on the Board of Trustees, I will report to Wilson Endurance Sports on all business matters, including donations, parking, insurance and permit filing.” Tonia Wilson said at a recent village board meeting.

Tonia Wilson also offered a response to criticism that she is serving on the Village Ethics Committee.

Tonia Wilson, director of Wilson Endurance Sports, will speak at future Village Board meetings on all business matters.

“Regarding my being on the Ethics Committee, if Mayor Dorman and Attorney Joe Calimeri agree that my position will not conflict with the Village Board, I will remain on the committee. If they ask me to resign, I will give it immediately.” he said.

During the public comment portion of a recent meeting, villager Bob Reuter offered to protect Wilson’s business and their character.

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“I worked with Mark and Tonia in their business relationship. I can’t say enough about how good they are to our community and what they’ve done for us.” he said. He added his decision to allow Tonia to speak on behalf of the business. “Done right.”

After the meeting, the village council introduced a local law to expand the residency requirement for appointed village officials to allow residents of neighboring towns to be appointed to village positions. The proposed law applies only to appointed positions and not to elected officials.

“In the past, we’ve had difficulty filling apartments with residents.” said Deputy Mayor Bill Astry. “This will allow us to elect people from outside the village to appointed positions.”

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Before the regular meeting of the Village Council of Representatives, a public hearing will be held to discuss the proposed bill on January 11 at 6:30 p.m.

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