EASTCHESTER, N.Y. The fate of the four candidates vying for two seats on the Eastchester Town Board lies in the hands of voters Tuesday. This is the only opposed race for town officials.
The other candidates, all part of the Republican, Conservative and Independent tickets, include Supervisor Anthony Colavita, Town Clerk Linda Doherty, Judges Dominick Porco and Janet Colano and Receiver of Taxes Rocco Cacciola, who are all running unopposed
Current Town Board member Glenn Bellitto, who lives in Bronxville, would like to hold on to his seat. After knocking on dozens of doors and making numerous public appearances, Bellitto, who is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independent lines, said most of the feedback he has heard is in regard to taxes.
"Over and over, I keep hearing that people cannot take any more increases," Bellitto said. "I have reassured them we will cut to the bone. It won't be easy, but it is doable."
Walking with Bellitto has been Joe Dooley, the newest board member who was appointed to fill a vacant seat about four months ago.
Dooley, who is also running on the Republican, Conservative and Independent lines, said that, although taxes are the number one issue residents ask about, they are also worried about the amount of traffic in town, the amount of open, green space and preserving town services.
"While everyone wants to keep their taxes in check, they are also conscious of the fact that they don't want to lose what Eastchester has to offer, Dooley said. "We have great schools, good programs for our residents, Lake Isle. We have a lot to offer."
Former Eastchester Board of Education member John Filiberti and newcomer Anita Rosner are trying to unseat Dooley and Bellitto. As he has gone door-to-door campaigning, Filiberti, who is running on the Democratic ticket, said many residents have said they were happy to see Democratic candidates.
"People do not realize that there are many registered Democrats in the Town of Eastchester and it is a number that is growing, he said. "People have said they are happy that there is more than one choice."
Rosner said she has spent much of her campaigning visiting local businesses.
"I have created a survey and I am asking local businesses to fill it out for me," Rosner said.
As she continues to collect information, Rosner said she is in the process of creating a sort of town-wide stimulus package.
"I want to focus on the businesses here and how to help them," Rosner said.
Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning and close at 9 p.m.
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