Mayor named in Seven Fields
Seven Fields Council on Monday appointed a replacement for the borough's mayor, who resigned as a result of a child pornography investigation.
Victor Giannotta, a physical education teacher and varsity basketball coach at Seneca Valley High School, succeeds Edward Bayne, who plans to move out of the borough. State police in January seized computers from Bayne's home as part of the investigation.
No charges have been filed. State police said the investigation is ongoing. Bayne could not be reached.
Giannotta, 48, won the Republican nomination for mayor in May. Democrats did not nominate a candidate, making Giannotta the presumptive winner.
“I welcome the appointment. I feel it's the right thing to do, given the likely outcome of the November election,” he said.
Bayne, 44, has not attended borough meetings since late last year. His term would have ended in December, and he did not run for re-election.
Council President Jack Oakley said Giannotta's appointment reflects the fact that he is the odds-on favorite to become the next elected mayor.
“(It) just makes more sense than any other option we have,” Oakley said.
Giannotta has lived in Seven Fields for eight years and has worked at Seneca Valley for 10 years. He previously worked at Sewickley Academy.
A native of Queens, N.Y., Giannotta graduated from Hunter College in Manhattan and earned a graduate degree in educational administration from the University of Dayton.
As mayor, Giannotta will be involved in planning and running a new regional police department, which council approved on Monday. The department will cover Evans City and Seven Fields.
Giannotta said he is concerned about traffic in the borough, especially along Freeport Road.
Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or firstname.lastname@example.org.