EASTCHESTER, N.Y. You haven't seen them coming door to door throughout Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville throughout this election season, but you will see all five of their names on the ballot, running unopposed for the jobs they are already doing over at Town Hall.
Supervisor Anthony Colavita, leads the Republican, Conservative and Independent ticket. Also on the ticket are Judges Dominick Porco and Janet Colano, Reciever of Taxes Rocco Cacciola and Town Clerk Linda Doherty.
Most of the candidates only took a small amount of time from their busy schedule at Town Hall to talk about their jobs and why they want to keep doing them, with one notable exception, that being the boss, Supervisor Anthony Colavita.
Colavita, 50, has held his job since 2004. A fourth generation native of the town, Colavita has been involved with virtually every service organization in town at one time or another. But besides running the town, he devotes the most time to coaching Little League baseball, softball and basketball.
"My favorite part about being supervisor is being able to help people with their problems no matter how large or small," he said. Colavita acknowledged that he is a little less enthusiastic about the part of his job when he is under fire from residents at Town Board meetings.
"It is the question I hear the most from residents, "how do you maintain your patience at Town Board meetings when under fire,' ' he said. Colavita describes himself as protective of the town and dedicated to making sure that it is moving in the right direction with regard to affordability and quality of life and quality of services.
"I would like to maintain the high level of services we have come to enjoy in Eastchester and preserve the high level of volunteerism that has come about during my administration. Further, I want to make sure that I can keep Eastchester affordable to the best of my abilities with regard to reducing spending, finding new sources of revenue and trying to handle a ridiculous unfunded New York State mandates which have unfairly burdened our community for the last decade," he said.
"I also see many changes occurring at Lake Isle Country Club with regard to the creation of year round tennis, new catering contract, development of an indoor pool and privatization of some of the town's responsibilities at the club. I would also like to continue our extensive beautification efforts to keep the town looking as well as it do."
While Judge Dominic Porco did not comment on his job, Judge Janet Colano noted that she is a previous Town Attorney, has been the President of the School Foundation and the President of the Eastchester Bar Association. "I will take my experience of 25 years in private practice and as Town Attorney into the court room t uphold the dignity of my profession while administrering justce fairly," Colano wrote on the League of Women Voters website.
Reciever of Taxes Rocco Cacciola, who graduated from St. John's Law School, served as a Trustee for the Village of Tuckahoe and as a council member on the Eastchester Town Board before taking over his current post. "There have been many improvements to the tax office over the last four years and I am hoping to add technological improvements to make the payment of taxes more efficient for taxpayers," Cacciola wrote on the LWV site.
Linda Doherty has served as Town Clerk in Eastchester for more than two decades, a job she continues to improve upon. "I look forward to changes and most importantly to continue to work for Eastchester's residents," she wrote on the LWV site.
Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 8, from 6 am to 9 pm. Residents of Eastchester, Tuckahoe and Bronxville are eligible to vote.
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