MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. Carl Fulgenzi grew up in Mount Pleasant and raised his family there as well. By serving on the town board, Fulgenzi said an important goal for him is making Mount Pleasant a better place in the future. I always tell my kids that theres no better feeling than leaving something better than you originally found it, Fulgenzi said.
After first serving on the board in 1989 for four years, Fulgenzi took a hiatus from government office in order to spend more time with his children. Eighteen years later, in 2007, he was elected again for a seat on the board.
This November, Fulgenzi is up for reelection and will be running against fellow incumbent Mark Rubeo and challenger Jane Abbate. Rubeo and Fulgenzi will be running on the Republican and Conservative lines while Abbate is running in the Mount Pleasant Now party. Residents will have the chance to choose two out of three candidates.
Fulgenzi, who owns and operates his own heating and plumbing business in Westchester, says his love to help the community brought him back to the board. Fulgenzi said he doesnt have a desire to climb up the political ranks and that the town board level is perfect for his demeanor.
When you get higher up in ranks you lose the connect with the people, Fulgenzi said. I like that if someone comes to me and says they have a problem at their house, I can go over and check it out and hopefully help them.
Fulgenzi said he is confident in the current boards ability to resolve issues such as flooding and keeping taxes low. Bringing in a new member such as Abbate would break up the chemistry built, says Fulgenzi.
Its all about experience and everyone on the board brings something unique and a certain skill set to the table, Fulgenzi said. We work really well together.
Fulgenzi, a resident of Pleasantville in the town of Mount Pleasant, is married with two children. He is a graduate of Westlake High School. Along with the town board, Fulgenzi is involved with the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce, the Industrual Development Agency, and the Mount Pleasant Lions Club.
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