CORNING - Despite accusations of nepotism and conflict of interest, Betty Coccho easily won appointment Tuesday to succeed her husband, new Corning Mayor Frank P. Coccho, as 6th Ward alderman.
Muccini and Republican 4th Ward Alderman Rich Negri were the only two council members to vote against Betty Coccho's
is qualified," Muccini said, "but it's a conflict of interest and nepotism.I don't believe the mayor should have two votes on all issues."
Negri called her
appointment "a bad precedent to establish" and echoed Muccini's concerns about potential conflicts of interest and the perception of nepotism.Betty Coccho, 62, is an office manager at Route 81 Radio in Corning.She has served in a variety of appointed city posts in the past 20 years, including committees to study the city's finances and to search for a city manager.
Following the vote, Betty Coccho
was sworn in by her husband as her granddaughter, Alexa Palmer, held a Bible.
...Mayor Coccho opened his first council meeting as the city's top elected official by reading a four-minute statement of his goals.He
said they include "conservative, no-frills spending plans" and involving more citizens in government.He
remains committed to the state's open meetings and freedom of information laws and will impress upon all city agencies that they apply to them as well as to the council.
"We have been reading and hearing too much lately about governmental bodies violating the open meetings laws," he