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Board demands Murray supervisor resign after racial slurs and vulgarities aimed at women come to light

Murray Town Board members Monday voted for the immediate resignation of Supervisor Joseph Sidonio, citing, among other things, his use of racial slurs and vile language to describe female employees. Councilman Paul Hendel made a motion at the start of Monday night’s monthly board meeting, before any other business could be addressed. The motion, seconded by Lloyd Christ, demanded that Sidonio resign based on numerous reasons, including that Sidonio “has consistently fostered a working atmosphere of ridicule and intimidation with the elected and non-elected individuals working for the town.” “Mr. Sidonio has consistently used vulgar and inappropriate language to identify and describe both elected and non-elected individuals working for the town,” the motion reads. “For example: In recorded messages that have been obtained by the Town Board, he refers to our town clerk as a “F---ing C---“; and our court clerk as “a clone of Ron Vendetti and a F---ing C---“!” Vendetti was a much maligned former assessor. Those recordings obtained by board members and verified by The Daily News also revealed Sidonio’s use of the N word. Hendel, in his statement to the board, said that his son-in-law and grandson are African-American. “You disrespect them and every person of color when you are using racial terminology to describe people of color,” Hendel added. “I find that abhorrent and disgusting.” The motion cites other reasons: That Sidonio manipulates facts, information and people, has repeatedly harassed elected and non-elected employees, and violated the confidentiality of executive sessions, all things that are revealed on the recordings. The recordings were made by a citizen who has spoken multiple times to Sidonio, board members said. The motion was approved by Hendel, Christ and Randall Bower. Deputy Supervisor Michael Mele abstained from the vote, since he would become supervisor if Sidonio resigns. The resolution was adopted. 
Sidonio, according to board minutes, said that, while the motion was carried to approval, it was “non-binding” and “moot” and said that there are certain proceedings that have to be done to remove an elected official from office.

“At this time, under advice, I don’t wish to respond,” Sidonio said when contacted by phone Thursday night.

He said he would respond at a later time but did not want to make any comments “off the cuff.”

Friday afternoon, Sidonio released a statement, saying he would rather issue a statement then speak on the phone. He said he would be open to discussing the situation at a later time.

Mele, although he abstained from voting, did say that what was written in the board minutes and that the cited recordings are “110 percent factual,” saying that Sidonio’s vulgar comments were “disgusting.”

Hendel said he introduced the motion now because he and other board members were only recently made aware of the recordings.

He said Sidonio has been calling a resident of the town who has no affiliation to the government and divulging confidential information from executive sessions.

“I was flabbergasted,” Hendel said Thursday. “I know the importance of confidentiality and this was a violation of the sanctity of executive sessions.”

Hendel admitted he also had personal reasons to introduce the motion. As he listened to the recordings, which apparently were not done with Sidonio’s knowledge, “I heard some of the other names he had been calling people.”

“How could he be so disrespectful, especially a leader, to the people who work so hard for the town?” he said. “You reach a point when enough is enough.”

Hendel also said that he “took a burn” to Sidonio’s racist language. His daughter, a doctor who lives in another state, is married to an African-American person and the couple had their first child on July 4.

“Nobody should be using that type of language,” he said. “I took it personally.”

Hendel said he didn’t expect Sidonio to resign after Monday’s meeting and realizes the board has no authority to remove an elected official.

“But it was time to let others see what we have been seeing for several years.”

Christ, who has been a board member for 28 years, said he has never experienced anything like what has happened since Sidonio took office in 2019.

“The environment is not a good one to work in,” he said. “People have come to us asking us to do something. We’ve had eight to 10 people resign, including town attorneys, code enforcement, clerks. This is the first time I’ve gone through anything like this.”

Christ said Sidonio’s racial slurs and vulgarities are “totally disgusting.”

Bower, too, said he has never experienced such a situation.

“I was appalled at what I heard,” said Bower, former Orleans County sheriff. “We shouldn’t be hearing these words from anybody, let alone a town supervisor. It’s appalling and unacceptable.”

Sidonio has been a political gadfly for years. He was, and still is, a frequent writer of letters to the editor for local publications and often had been critical of those who were on the board and in other positions in the town.

Hendel said that, too, was a reason behind the resolution.

“I know how critical he has been to people in this position,” he said. “Now that he’s in office, it’s a betrayal of what he said during his campaign.”

Sidonio served on the town and county planning boards for many years before running for supervisor in 2017, a contentious race that included Sidonio getting charged with petit larceny for stealing his opponent’s campaign sign. Sidonio said the sign was defamatory.

Sidonio had a narrow lead after election day but lost to Miller when absentee votes were counted.

In 2019, Sidonio defeated Miller in a narrow primary win and won the November election, despite more than 400 write-in votes for Miller.

Sidonio was re-elected in 2021, after defeating Bower in the primary by 11 votes and later running unopposed in November.

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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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