Politics and Elections

November 4, 2012

Experienced candidates seek supervisor post

HARRIETSTOWN — Two longtime officials are running for the vacant supervisor’s seat in the Town of Harrietstown.

Robert T. Bevilacqua, a Republican, is in the second year of his second term as a member of the Harrietstown Town Council. 

Thomas Catillaz, a Democrat, has served as both Village of Saranac Lake mayor and Village Board member and seeks to make the switch to town government.

Longtime supervisor Larry Miller resigned in April, leaving a one-year unexpired vacancy for the town supervisor position.

The elected term expires on Dec. 31, 2013.

The Press-Republican asked each candidate: What is the most important issue Harrietstown faces in the coming term and what will you do to address it?

Here are their answers:

Bevilacqua: “The town budget, the airport is always going to be an issue, repairs the Town Hall needs – there are issues out there.

“But without the support of the board, one person can’t do much. Teamwork is very important. You need to have a team of people working together, pulling in the same direction to support what your constituents want you to do.

“I would work with people on the town board and the people in the community to find out what’s important to them. You talk to people and listen to them, then talk to the members of the board and make sure everyone takes a piece of what you are trying to do so you can speak with one voice when you walk out of that board room.”

Catillaz: “The biggest thing we need to do is bring jobs to the area because it keeps people here and it makes the tax base work. Jobs are what keep the community going. We’ve fought to bring jobs here to the village, and I will do the same for the town, and I will work with the village to do it.

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