POLAND — The village council postponed a special meeting to 8 p.m. Tuesday to elect a council member for the remainder of Anthony Lattanzio’s term, who has resigned.
Four villagers applied for the job.
The meeting was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., but due to scheduling conflicts, it was moved to 8 p.m. The council will begin its caucus session at 7:00 p.m. and will begin the regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. the regular meeting will be interrupted, if not concluded, the council may hear from those who have applied by letter for the post.
After that, the board will vote on replacing Lattanzio. The special meeting will continue until a replacement is elected.
The four Poland Village residents seeking to fill the seat are:
• Martha M. Morgan, Director of Development at Youngstown CityScape/Wick Neighbors Inc. since 2008. She served as a magistrate, Cleveland City Court Housing Division, from 1998 to 2005. She served as personal counsel in the Housing Division of this tribunal from 1996 to 1997.; Deputy Director of Law, Cleveland Law Department, 1991-1993; and Associate Director, New York City Department of General Services.
Morgan served four years on the Polish board from 2016 to 2020.
“In the past, I have worked with the board to find common ground when we disagreed on what action to take, and I understand that sometimes all it takes is a little negotiation to achieve to a reasonable agreement. I am confident that I have the skills and experience to fill this position and be an asset to the board and the community,” she wrote.
• Abbie L. Bosak (Mozzy), loan officer at Rapid Mortgage Company since 2017. She had been a hostess-busser at Pascarella’s Restaurant, from 2010 to 2011; worked in the family business Brier Hill Pizza, from 2009 to 2017; and was employed at Plato’s Closet second-hand clothing store, 2014-2017.
She graduated from Polish high school in 2013 and studied art history at Youngstown State University in 2013-2014.
“I intend to apply to fill the vacancy on the Poland Village Council left by Councilor Anthony Lattanzio. In doing so, I would complete the remainder of Mr. Lattanzio’s term and attempt to fill his many seats on the various village committees and councils,” she wrote.
• Jeremy Demarco is a senior at Youngstown State University, double majoring in computer science and political science, with a minor in math. He has been a photographer with Poland Schools since 2018.
While at YSU, Demarco served in student government, was president of public relations, elected to the Academic Senate, became president of a fraternity, served as a liaison for YSU’s international student organization, served as an advisor and Media Coordinator for the African Students Union and served as an active tutor in STEM and Political Science courses. He graduated in 2019 from Poland Seminary High School.
“I really enjoy engaging with the community and helping to improve it as much as I can; be it the YSU community, my neighborhood or, in this case, as part of the Poland village council,” he wrote.
• Ronald J. Rowe has been a professor of social studies at Poland Seminary High School since 1996. He practices as a lawyer on his own time and is an assistant professor at Eastern Gateway Community College in the criminal justice program.
“In the past, I was a community representative on the board of the Western Reserve Joint Fire District. This position showed me the practical nature of local government and the constraints within which civil servants must work,” he wrote.