Republican Town of Ontario Supervisor Frank Robusto was thrown into the job last year, when newly elected Democrat Joe Molino ousted incumbent Republican John Smith by 13 votes. Molino opted out of the job on January 4th, after only three days in office.
Robusto was appointed Deputy Supervisor the same day Molino resigned and appointed to fill the seat full-time on January 8th at a special Ontario Town Board meeting. The job was slated to pay $53,905 in the 2018 Ontario Town Budget.
Frank, an Ontario Board member at the time and full-time realtor/manager for Howard Hanna, stepped up and took over the job, full steam ahead. It required a life-changing commitment. Frank scaled back his realtor position and dove into the full-time job as Supervisor of the County’s second largest town, with the added responsibility of representing his Town on the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. That job that pays an extra $16,258 annually.
Besides all the town commitments, a County Board member, with their town’s weighted votes, attends regular scheduled committee meetings and monthly board meetings.
Several months ago a conflict arose when Frank bid on a house up for auction at the Country tax foreclosure auction. It had been a standing policy for government officials to be banned from participating in the county auctions and Robusto reportedly had been warned on the day of the auction. As a result he forfeited $3000 in deposit on a house and the majority of County Board opted to enforce the forfeiture. Robusto pulled his offer.
Records show Frank attended the February, March and April meetings of the monthly Human Services Committee that he had been appointed to, but has missed all other months. Records also show he missed the August meeting of Economic Development and missed the February, July and two August Board Meetings.
County Board Chairman/Sodus Supervisor Steve LeRoy said he was “very concerned “ over the number of meetings Frank Robusto has missed..