MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. Tuesdays election marks the first contested race for Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor in years. Incumbent Joan Maybury will be challenged by candidate Richard Gagliardi. Maybury is running on the Conservative and Republican party lines and Gagliardi is running as an independent on the We the People line.
Maybury is completing her first term as town supervisor after being sworn in to replace former supervisor Rob Meehan in January of 2010. Previously, Maybury had served on the Mount Pleasant Town Board since 1992. She is a former teacher at Columbus Elementary School, where she worked for 13 years. Maybury has a bachelors degree from the College of Mount St. Vincent and a masters degree in special education from Manhattan College. She is a 25-year resident of Hawthorne and is married with three children.
Maybury said a main priority for her is to keep taxes at a minimum growth rate for the residents of Mount Pleasant. By eliminating 15 positions from within the town, Maybury said she believes she has done an adequate job of meeting that goal.
Considering the challenges this town has faced with issues such as weather and natural disasters and the continued demand for lowering taxes, I think Ive done the job well, Maybury said.
Maybury said she hopes to continue to offer necessary services to residents in a cost-effective manner.
Gagliardi is a 40-year resident of Hawthorne and is married with two children and four grandchildren. He is a former police officer in the state of Virginia and is currently the honorary Police Commissioner in Mt. Vernon. Gagliardi has a PhD in Physiology and operates a Physiology practice in Greenwich, Conn.
Gagliardi supports a more transparent government in the Town of Mount Pleasant and believes residents should have more access.
Every man, woman and child should be able to access a computer and be able to keep track with what is going on in the government and thats not happening now, Gagliardi said. Every person needs to be held accountable.
Gagliardi said he wants to increase the towns police force and improve the departments equipment through federal grants.
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