Katzman picked to fill vacancy on Portsmouth Town Council

Former council member appointed in 3-2 vote

By Jim McGaw
Posted 10/12/21

PORTSMOUTH — Leonard B. Katzman has his seat back on the Town Council.

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Katzman picked to fill vacancy on Portsmouth Town Council

Former council member appointed in 3-2 vote

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PORTSMOUTH — Leonard B. Katzman has his seat back on the Town Council.

The council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to appoint Katzman to fill the unexpired term of Michael Buddemeyer, who abruptly resigned his seat last month because he relocated his family to Florida due to a job commitment. Both men are Democrats.

Katzman, an attorney who has previously served on the Town Council, narrowly lost his seat in the 2020 election. He was nominated by council member J. Mark Ryan, and will serve out Buddemeyer’s term until the November 2022 election.

Council member Keith Hamilton, the sole Republican on the council, nominated a different candidate, Sondra Blank, a project lead engineer at Raytheon. Hamilton said while he enjoyed working with Katzman on the council, he preferred someone who may bring a fresher take on local issues to the table.

He added, “This council has always been, for lack of a better term, male-dominated.”

Blank’s nomination went down in defeat, however, in a 2-3 vote.

In addition to Katzman and Blank, six other residents threw their hats into the ring for the appointment. They were Cynthia Andreola, Ileene Chernoff, Michael DiPaola, Mary A. McDowell, Jonathan C. Mosier, and Theodore Pietz.

Council President Kevin Aguiar thanked all of them for submitting applications, told them to stay involved in town issues, and to consider running for office next year.

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Jim McGaw

A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.