The accidental Mayor of Williamsville Talks About His New Role in Politics

Dan DeLano, a construction worker and musician, was appointed as Williamsville’s mayor in December after Mayor Brian Kulpa was elected as Amherst supervisor. . He was photographed outside the village office on Main Street on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.  (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)
Dan DeLano, a construction worker and musician, was appointed as Williamsville’s mayor in December after Mayor Brian Kulpa was elected as Amherst supervisor.  Here he is outside the village office on Main Street.

Dan DeLano doesn’t look like your run-of-the-mill politician, and he doesn’t have the typical background, either.

The new 51-year-old mayor of Williamsville works in construction, plays music professionally, owned a tavern in Kenmore and was a stay-at-home dad. And his ample coif of rock-star hair makes him stand out from other Village Board members.

But DeLano, who became mayor three weeks ago, has worked during two terms as a village trustee to ease traffic on Main Street and help plant thousands of trees in the village.

In a way, DeLano is the accidental mayor. He became deputy mayor in September 2016 after a driving while intoxicated arrest prompted the previous deputy mayor to take an indefinite leave of absence. The Village Board then picked DeLano to replace Mayor Brian J. Kulpa after Kulpa won election as Amherst supervisor.
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2 Responses to “The accidental Mayor of Williamsville Talks About His New Role in Politics”

  1. jjtric says:

    The people of the Village are very lucky to have a leader who understand the needs of Village and the people. I lived in the Viillage for 30 years. WHEN THE NEW TREES WERE DESTROYED Mr. Delano had stronger trees put up.He knows how to run a Village I’m sure he will do an excellent job.

  2. JOE D. says:

    Actually…it’s a great pleasure to know that a career working man
    has been appointed a mayor..when so often career politicians often get appointed to plum positions for payback!

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