Who’s running? Mamaroneck Town & Village candidates respond to LWV-LM questions

Town Supervisor
$37,500– 2 years

Residence: Town of Mamaroneck (Larchmont)
Education: BS, Northwestern Univ, ’82
Occupation: Town Councilwoman, Environmental Advocate
Prior Civic Service: Town of Mamaroneck Councilwoman; Member, Westchester County Board of Health; Co-Chair, Long Island Sound Study Citizen Advisory Committee; Former Co-Chair Larchmont/Mamaroneck Coastal Zone Management Commission
Statement: I’m excited to be Town Supervisor.  I hope to make government accessible, efficient, and improve our services, communications, and environmental policies.  I hope to reduce energy use and costs.

Town Councilman
$6,000– 4 years

KATZ, Abby

Residence: Town of Mamaroneck (Larchmont)
Education: BA, St. Lawrence Univ, ’87
Occupation: Homemaker
Prior Civic Service: Former president & current board member Larchmont Gardens Civic Assn.; Steering Committee Larchmont/Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force; Murray Avenue PTA, Treasurer
Statement: My accounting experience and knowledge of the different constituencies in this community will best enable me to make the difficult choices that operating under the tax cap will require.


Residence: Town of Mamaroneck (Larchmont)
Education: JD, George Washington Univ, National Law Ctr, ’94; BA, Colgate Univ, ’91
Occupation: Attorney
Prior Civic Service: Alternate member, Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals; board member, Larchmont/Mamaroneck Little League
On the Web: Friends of Seth Marcus.com
Statement: Sound fiscal management to preserve services given expected rising expenses without tax increases.  I would also like to develop improved playing fields for youth sports leagues.

WITTNER, Phyllis *

Residence: Town of Mamaroneck (Larchmont)
Education: BS, Univ. of Vermont
Occupation: Town Councilwoman/Deputy Supervisor
Prior Civic Service: Chair, Town of Mamaroneck/Village of Larchmont Coastal Zone Management Commission, 6 years; Chair, Long Island Sound Watershed Intermunicipal Council; Chair Westchester County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Statement: Reductions in staff and equipment were made.  What remains to be cut are services and infrastructure maintenance.  What are our residents willing to sacrifice if we adhere to tax cap?

Town Justice
$21,000– 2 years

BRESCIA, Jean Marie *

Residence: Town of Mamaroneck
Education: JD, Harvard Law School, 85; BA ,Fordham Coll, ’82
Occupation: Town of Mamaroneck Justice; Hearing Officer, Special Education hearings
Prior Civic Service: Legal Aid Society, NYC;  Adjunct Professor, New York  Law School
Statement: To dispense justice effectively as Town Justice, I give each person appearing in Court a timely and full opportunity to be heard and to participate in our system of justice.

Town Clerk
$82,000–4 years

BATTALIA, Christina *

Residence: Town of Mamaroneck
Education: BFA, Syracuse Univ
Occupation:  Town of Mamaroneck Clerk
Prior Civic Service: Town Clerk
Statement: To meet the needs of residents with the highest level of efficiency and customer service possible; maintain Town Records with the utmost care and concern for retention and future accessibility.

Village of Mamaroneck

Village Mayor
$8,100– 2 years

ROSENBLUM, Norman Sirlin *

Residence: Mamaroneck Village
Education: Rye Neck HS, ’60; BA, Univ of Vermont (political science, history), ’65
Occupation: Village Mayor; Contracts Manager, Safe Flight Instrument Corp
Prior Civic Service: Trustee, Village of Mamaroneck; Board of Assessment Review, Town of Rye; Chairman VOM Tree Committee; Board of the Westchester Joint Water Works
Statement: CONTINUE: River silt removal; Open participation BOT meetings; Improve infrastructures and facilities of Parks; Increase non tax revenues; Establish new parking availability; Increase events, i.e. HarborFest, Mam’k. Shares, Spooktacular.

RYAN, Toni Pergola

Residence: Mamaroneck Village
Education: Mamaroneck HS, ’61; BA/honors, Coll of New Rochelle, ’03
Occupation: Trustee, Village of Mamaroneck (4th term); Executive Assistant to Vice Chairman of military sales co.
Prior Civic Service:  Board member Larchmont-Mamaroneck Continuing Education; board member KEEPS after school program;  Committee to avert day laborer lawsuit
On the Web: mamaroneckdems.org
Statement:  Thoughtful, inclusive leadership, committed to creating a mutually respectful, productive team.  Four term Trustee with background, knowledge and expertise to deliver fiscally and environmentally sound decisions to village residents.

Village of Mamaroneck Trustee
$4500– 2 years

DUFAULT, (Peter) Scott

Residence: Mamaroneck Village
Education: BA, American Univ (history). ’75;  JD, Washington Coll. of Law, ’78
Occupation: Attorney
Prior Civic Service: Friends of the Mamaroneck Library, ’97-’11;  Recreation and Travel soccer coach
Statement: Fair, open, inclusive government.  The goal is to protect our environment while planning our growth, updating our village code and seeking and allocating the funding to most benefit our village.

SANTORO, Louis N. *

Residence: Mamaroneck Village
Education: St. Vito’s School, 71; Mamaroneck HS, ’75;  AAS, Culinary Institute of America, ’77
Occupation: Trustee, Village of Mamaroneck
Prior Civic Service: Fire Chief, Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department (35 year member); Civil Service Union President (15 years)
Statement: Working to lower taxes; working on ways to increase revenue for the village; listening to residents; doing what is best for taxpayers; giving 100% to make the village #1.