The Croton Democratic Committee is pleased to announce its endorsement of Ann Gallelli, Maria Slippen and Brian Pugh as Democratic candidates for Village Trustee this November. The Committee voted on its endorsements after interviews with and presentations by all interested candidates at its most recent meeting in May. As well, the committee once again endorsed Sam Watkins for the office of Village Justice.
“I believe we have selected the right team,” said Democratic Committee Chair Paul Rolnick. “Ann Gallelli’s years of experience, combined with Maria Slippen’s track record of community outreach and Brian Pugh’s interest in service and fresh ideas make for an unbeatable combination of strengths to meet voters’ expectations of our village government. And Sam Watkins has proven himself to be an exceptional jurist who will continue his impressive record of service on the Village Court.” He went on, “Confirming this slate will allow us to focus on getting out in the community, meeting with constituents through the summer and fall, and ensuring strong voter turnout this November.”
Trustee Gallelli said after her selection, “I believe we have a strong slate of candidates. I look forward to meeting with voters, sharing our ideas and listening to those of our residents. I know this team will continue to build on our past accomplishments.” Gallelli hopes get-togethers with residents in the coming months, hosted by the Democratic Committee and other groups, will get the conversation off to a great start.
Trustee Slippen said she looked forward to the opportunity to continue serving the village and promoting an open dialogue through which residents can discuss their concerns. “I really enjoy these conversations, and I want people to know that the Board is working diligently on their behalf.,” Slippen said. Slippen’s Trustee is running for the one year position and, if elected, she will face voters again next year. “Serving on the Board has given me the opportunity to make a positive impact on my community in a unique and meaningful way and I look forward to continuing this work after the November election.”
Brian Pugh is also excited to be part of the 2014 team. “It will be great to have a role at a time when so much is happening in my hometown,” he said. “We also have great opportunities to make our village more environmentally sustainable, and look at ways to streamline and modernize how services are delivered.”
Rolnick, a longtime Croton resident, called this election a historic opportunity for the Village, especially in combination with supporting the entire Democratic slate, from Governor Cuomo to Representative Nita Lowey to Croton’s own Justin Wagner, Democratic candidate for New York State Senate. “Along with Sandy Galef, Justin would be the voice we need in Albany for workers and their families. And in Croton, with our strong slate along with Trustee Andy Levitt and Mayor Wiegman, we have five individuals with the experience, knowledge and passion to make Croton everything we know it can be – a vibrant community, a great place to live and raise a family, and an inviting destination for visitors. We look forward to a great campaign and victory in November.”
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