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Pleasantville Elects Griffin Wagner, Cunningham

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Colleen Griffin Wagner, a challenger candidate, was elected to the Pleasantville Board of Trustees Tuesday night together with incumbent Jonathan Cunningham.

Unofficial results show Cunningham led all vote-getters with 515 votes, while Griffin Wagner received 384.  Incumbent Stephen Lopez received 297 votes and challenger George Dolce received 101 votes.  Voters were given the opportunity to choose two out of the four candidates.  There were also 119 write-in votes for various candidates in the election.

Cunningham said being reelected was a testimony to his time served on the board.

"I think it's a good indication of the hard work that I've put in on the board on behalf of the residents of the village," Cunningham said, who was elected for his fourth consecutive term.  "It's an honor to be given another term on this board."

Cunningham, first elected in 2003, also previously served as the village deputy mayor.  Cunningham said earlier this month that he believes it is important to use the taxpayers’ money wisely while providing services and keeping public safety intact.

Griffin Wagner is a stay-at-home mom and has lived in Pleasantville for the past 12 years.  In an interview earlier this March, Griffin Wagner said she hopes to increase communications between the trustees and to improve the village recreation department.

Village Board of Trustees are elected to three year terms with no term limit.

Lopez was originally elected as a trustee in 2009 and previously served on the Pleasantville Planning Board for 13 years.  Dolce is a retired FDNY paramedic lieutenant and the previous chief of the Pleasantville Fire Department.

Village Mayor Peter Scherer was reelected Tuesday in an uncontested election.  He will serve his second consecutive term.  Scherer received 598 votes.  Village Mayor is elected to three year terms with no term limit.

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