Eastchester, N.Y. Keeping a close eye on spending and limiting tax increases are the priorities of the candidates on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence tickets running for reelection in Eastchester.
Incumbent Supervisor Anthony Colavita is running unopposed for his fifth 2-year term. Also running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines are incumbents Linda Doherty, town clerk, Rocco Cacciola, receiver of taxes, and Dominick Porco and Jane Calano, town justices.
Only Trustees, Glenn Bellitto and Joe Dooley have challengers for their seats on the Eastchester Town Board.
Democrats Anita Rotondi Rosner and John Filiberti are running against Dooley and Bellitto. Rosner and Filiberti are also running on the Working Families line.
Bellitto, 53, was appointed to the town board in January to take the place of Vicki Ford, who retired after 17 years on the board. He was a former deputy mayor and trustee for the Village of Bronxville and served on its zoning board of appeals. He is a finance manager at a not-for-profit organization and a member of the Italian American Citizens Club, the Tuckahoe-Eastchester Lions Club, Order Sons of Italy and Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the evaluation committee of The Community Fund of Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe.
Bellitto said his priority is to keep taxes low while maintaining the town's quality of life, and noted he has the experience to do it.
"One of the things we are discussing with Bronxville and Tuckahoe is the purchase of some equipment we all need and can all share," Bellitto said. "These are the kinds of things we can do to save money.
Dooley, 53, is the newest board member, appointed in June. He has been with JP Morgan Chase for the last 31 years, and has served as executive board member of the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe and is co-chairman of the fund's Eastchester campaign. He is a founding member of the Eastchester Irish American Social Club parade committee and is a member of the Irish American Social Club, Eastchester Italian American Citizens Club, Eastchester Historical Society, Friends of the Eastchester Public Library, Eastchester Beautification Foundation and the Eastchester Eagles Sports Club.
"I have a background in business and finance and this qualifies me to help with keeping track of spending and balancing the budget," Dooley said. "This is going to be especially important now that we have the 2 percent cap on increases."
Rounding off the Republican Conservative Independent ticket is Sheila Marcotte, who is running for her seat on the County Board of Legislators.
Marcotte has said she is most proud of being part of the first group of legislators to not raise taxes at all, and it is a fiscal plan she said she hopes to continue.
Marcotte faces a Democratic challenger, John Fitzpatrick, former mayor of Tuckahoe.
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