Becky Jensen, a Benton Town Board member since 2005, announced at last week’s town board meeting that she will not seek re-election to the board in November. According to town records, Jensen is the first woman to have held a town council seat in the town’s history. She served on the insurance, personnel, and general fund committees.

Jensen stated “Being the first and only female to be elected onto this board, I am in hopes that another woman will seek this position for representation.” She continued, “I am very appreciative for the support I have received throughout my time of service.”

The board also passed a resolution to appoint Patricia Brede to the position of Assessor being vacated by Mary Lilyea, to finish out the term ending in Sept. 2019. Brede is currently the Yates County Real Property Tax Director, and will be leaving the post to take the new position in Benton. In addition to her duties there, like Lilyea, Brede will also serve as Assessor in the Town of Torrey under a contract between the two towns.

In other joint Benton/Torrey news, Bobbi Wolfe, Benton Town Clerk, along with Betty Daggett, Torrey Town Clerk, have been awarded the New York State Town Clerks Association’s certification as Registered Municipal Clerks. According to NYSTCA, this prestigious award recognizes the professional competency of Wolfe and Daggett in fulfilling the responsibilities of their offices. Certification is granted only after an applicant has demonstrated that they have met the stringent education and experience requirements established by NYSTCA.

The New York State Town Clerks Association was founded in 1982 and is dedicated to promoting the professional development of Town Clerks across the state as administrative leaders. Membership offers Town Clerks and their Deputies encouragement, specialized assistance, and continuing education relevant to professional and personal improvement that will enhance their ability to serve their constituency.