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Marathon mayor stepping down due to personal matter

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Marathon mayor Bill McGovern will resign at the end of this month, capping 21 years of service in the village.

He says a personal situation has led to an unforeseen move away from the area, making him ineligible to continue in his position.

McGovern’s unexpected announcement came during a meeting Monday (October 18) of the Cortland County Federal Aid Allocation Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

“It was enjoyable being here. I’ve been able to do a lot; learn a lot; and experience a lot,” he said. “I appreciate the faith voters have put in me over all these years.”

The board of trustees plans on appointing deputy mayor Scott Chamberlin as his successor, effective October 31.

He and McGovern presented on a $250k ARP funding request towards restoration of the old civic center building.

Chamberlin’s vacancy on the board could be contested in a special election. That would take place sometime in the near future.


During another meeting of the allocation committee yesterday, the Town of Cincinnatus presented a request for $200k to reconstruct sidewalks and other walking/biking infrastructure

Another this morning included a request by the Village of Homer for $400k to begin the long-awaited Casey Field sports complex project. 

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