MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. – The Mount Pleasant Town Board incumbents Mark Rubeo and Carl Fulgenzi, both Republicans, easily won re-election Tuesday.
With 88 percent of voting districts reporting, Rubeo took 43 percent of the vote and Fulgenzi took 39 percent. Challenger Jane Abbate garnered 18 percent of the vote.
"I think we've got a bright future ahead of us in Mount Pleasant," said Rubeo, who won his first full term in office. "With the economony hopefully turning around, we can be proactive in improving our business districts and the overall area for our hometown residents in a cost-effective manner."
Both candidates thanked their supporters.
"It's nice to hear that not eveyrone believes the negative things that are being said about our board," Fulgenzi said.
Rubeo and Fulgenzi ran on the Republican and Conservative party lines and Abbate, an Independent, ran on the Mount Pleasant Now party.
Rubeo is a resident of Hawthorne and is married with two children. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University and a law degree from Albany Law School. He has practiced law for 15 years and has a private practice in Hawthorne. Rubeo is currently ending his first term on the town board after being sworn in in January 2010.
He replaced Joan Maybury on the board after Maybury was appointed to Town Supervisor by Robert Meehan. Rubeo said a goal of his going forward was to keep taxes at a minimum growth for residents and said he and other board members saved residents approximately $325,000 by eliminating town positions during his term.
Fulgenzi is a resident of Pleasantville in the Town of Mount Pleasant and is married with two children. After originally serving on the town board for four years beginning in 1989, Fulgenzi took a hiatus to spend more time with his family. Fulgenzi was reelected to the board in 2007 in a contested election.
Fulgenzi operates his own heating and plumbing business in Westchester County and is an active member of the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, the Mount Pleasant Lions Club and the Mount Pleasant Industrial Development Agency. He said he has no desire to climb the political ranks and enjoys helping local residents on a first-hand basis.
Abbate is a member of the Mount Pleasant Architectural Review Board and this election was her first time running for town board. Abbate is a founding member of the civic group Mount Pleasant Today.