MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. There will be a contested election for two spots on the Mount Pleasant Council Tuesday. Current board members Mark Rubeo and Carl Fulgenzi are running against challenger Jane Abbate.
Rubeo and Fulgenzi are running on the Republican and Conservative party lines and Abbate is running as an Independent in the Mount Pleasant Now party. Residents will have the opportunity to choose two out of the three candidates.
Rubeo is a resident of Hawthorne and is married with two children. He has a bachelors 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. A goal for Rubeo going forward is to keep taxes at a minimum growth for residents and said that he and other board members saved residents approximately $325,000 by eliminating town positions.
Rubeo played a large role in the revitalization of the Hawthorne Train Station and said he hopes it creates a ripple effect to improve and attract other businesses. Along with the town board, Rubeo is involved with organizations such as the Mount Pleasant AYSO, the Mount Pleasant Education Foundation, Mount Pleasant Rotary Club and E-Books for Troops.
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 and is once again up for reelection. 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. Fulgenzi said he has no desire to climb the political ranks and enjoys helping local residents on a first-hand basis.
Abbate, a member of the Mount Pleasant Architectural Review Board, is running for town board for the first time. Abbate is a founding member of the civic group Mount Pleasant Today. Through Mount Pleasant Today, Abbate and other members were able to survey residents about their desires for the Hawthorne Train Station. A goal for Abbate going forward is to make Mount Pleasant a more walk-friendly area with increased sidewalks and also promote a more transparent local government. Abbate is currently a real estate professional at Keller Williams and holds a bachelors degree from the University of Hartford. She is a resident of Valhalla and is married with three children.
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