Supervisors remove hospital board member

The Wyoming County Board of Supervisors appoints the Wyoming County Community Health System’s Board of Managers. The supervisors voted Tuesday to rescind Frank Vitagliano’s membership.

WARSAW — A longtime member of the Wyoming County Community Health System Board of Managers was removed from his position on Tuesday.

The county’s Board of Supervisors — which controls Board of Managers appointments — voted 834-580 to rescind Frank Vitagliano’s membership.

The vote was weighted based on town populations. Voting against the measure were supervisors Douglas Berwanger of Arcade, Michael Roche of Eagle, David Granger of Gainesville, LuAnne Roberts of Genesee Falls, Susan May of Orangeville, and James Brick of Perry. Supervisors Stanley Klein of Castile and Dan Leuer of Middlebury abstained.

“He went outside the scope of the position that he was appointed to,” said Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan of the Board of Supervisors after the meeting.

She declined to give further details.

Berwanger — who also serves on the Board of Managers — had spoke in support of Vitagliano before the vote.

He said Vitagliano’s family has been involved with the Wyoming County Community Health System for many years, and Vitagliano himself was on the Board of Managers for at least 10 years.

“In my time working with him and serving with him on the hospital Board of Managers, I know that any discussion Frank would have had with anyone was for the benefit of the hospital, in order to promote the health and prosperity of the residents here in Wyoming County,” Berwanger said.

The Board of Managers has 13 members. Vitagliano was previously listed as the secretary of its executive committee, but was no longer included on the board’s website as of Wednesday afternoon.

President Rich Kosmerl of the Board of Managers referred questions to the Board of Supervisors, saying it would the board’s issue.

Vitagliano, of Castile, could not be reached for comment as of press time Wednesday evening.

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