West York appoints new mayor

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WEST YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – As of Friday morning, Mayor Charles Wasko’s resignation became official and council president Shawn Mauck was sworn in as the new mayor of West York, but he says there’s a lot of work to be done.

“It’s over. It’s done with. We’re never going to know why he said those things so let’s just move on,” Kristina Allison, a West York resident, said.

A new mayor, signifying a new beginning.

“We’re going to move forward to build a better West York and we’re going to do it with everybody working together. Because working together we’ll be a stronger, bolder community,” West York Mayor Shawn Mauck, said.

Earlier this week, Council appointed Mauck to replace Wasko as mayor. Wasko said he would step down if Council met one of three demands

“That’s blackmail. To me it is. That’s horrible for someone to sit there and demand that in order for you to step down and resign,” Allison said.

“He effectively resigned. We accepted his resignation. And now we’re going to move on. I think the focus from here on out is what are we going to do day by day to make West York a better place,” Mauck said.

In his first 100 days in office, Mauck said he will work to help the acting chief and the police department. Also, community outreach and working on a budget that points to a property tax decrease in 2017.

“The focus today and for the days after are what we’re going to do to move forward and there’s a lot of work to be done,” Mauck said.

Mauck said he’s had no contact with Wasko since this controversy began. But he has one final message.

“I would just say I hope he can find some peace and resolve this within his heart and move on,” Mauck said.

Mauck will serve this term until December 31st of next year. He said he doesn’t know if he will seek re-election after.

Council will have to appoint someone to fill out the rest of his term as council president.

Wasko could not be reached for a comment.

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