Mayor's, trustee positions contested in Fleischmanns
By Jay Braman Jr.
With two people running for the job of mayor and three people running for two village trustee seats, voters in the Village of Fleischmanns have a hotly contested election on their hands year.
In the race for mayor, incumbent Malcolm Becker faces a challenge from Dave Morell, a member of the village’s planning board.
In the race for the two trustee seats, incumbents Harriet Grossman and Martin Moralis seek re-election. They are running on a platform of having an established record of working for the village. Grossman and Moralis have joined with Becker and hope all three are elected as a block. Todd Pascarella, who filed the proper petition to appear on the ballot this year, is running for a trustee seat as well. Grossman, Moralis and Pascarella will run at large with the top two vote getters being elected to serve until March 2011.
Becker, who did not file his nominating petition on time to have his name appear on the ballot, is running a campaign urging voters to write his name in on the ballot, entered the race because he didn’t like the idea that voters would have no choice in the mayor’s race. At 74 years old, he is also running because he feels that his opponent is too young to take the helm.
Morell, who is 40 years old, views the village as having a wealth of potential. He favors updating the zoning code and collaborating with nearby towns to develop goals for the future. His catch phrase in the campaign has been “Dream Big.”
Pascarella lives in Fleischmanns on Takanassee Road and is the owner of Catskill Windmill Incorporated, a home energy auditing business.
On Tuesday Pascarella said he is running because he feels the young families of Fleischmanns are a group without representation on the current village board.
“I want to reinvigorate the village…for the kids,” he said, noting that he has two children of his own, a three-year-old and a six-month-old infant.
Pascarella feels that others in the race are older, with grown children, and are content with the way things are in the village. He has an eye, he said, on the future of the village and how it will be for his children. The future, he added, does not appear to be a critical issue for the current village board.
Grossman and Moralis both agree with Becker that when it comes to village government, experience counts.
“Your vote is critical,” reads their campaign information. “On Wednesday March 18 support the successful team who have an established record of accomplishments. Not dreams but deeds, and the experience to implement strategies, polices and programs to make our community, vision and goals a shared reality.”
Voting will take place in the Skene Memorial Library between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18.