GREENE – The Village of Greene had a new mayor last week. At least for one day. Thirteen-year-old Kelly Mulderig, a seventh grader from Greene Middle School, assumed the role of Mayor for the Day after being selected for the honor at the 22nd Annual Community Halloween Dance.
The village’s actual mayor, Marcia Miller, challenged Greene’s sixth through twelfth graders to fill up her Explorer with cans of food during this year’s dance. Miller promised that if they were successful, one lucky dance-goer would be granted the opportunity to be Mayor for a Day. The students did indeed rise to the occasion, contributing more than 260 food items. A drawing determined that Mulderig would get the chance to spend the day, Nov. 18, with Miller.
At approximately 8 a.m. on the chosen day, Mulderig took “office.” If she thought her day of duty would be a walk in the park, she was mistaken.
Miller did have a few fun perks planned for the honorary mayor, but she had plenty of work for her as well. That included opening the morning mail, handling a few mayoral phone calls, touring the village and even making a decision or two.
The middle schooler’s temporary term started with a tour of the village offices at 49 Genessee St. Miller showed her a map of Greene, outlining the village’s original one mile square footprint and the industrial area along the Chenango River that was annexed several years ago.
“We share a lot of services,” said Miller, explaining the cooperative relationship between the two municipalities.
Mulderig had a chance to page through old, minute books, including the one from the year she was born.
“I love looking through the old records,” said Miller. The mayor consulted these archives when she was researched the village’s date of incorporation.
The village seal, which is kept in a large walk-in safe with other valuable items and documents, shows the village was originally incorporated in 1842 and then re-incorporated in 1886.
Miller said she has never found an entry that explains the re-incorporation, but the village’s attorney believes that state law changed around that time making the step necessary.