MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. During his campaign, Richard Gagliardi Sr. said he cannot begin to count the number of people who have thanked him for taking a stand.
Too many people Ive talked to have complained to me about the lack of help they have received from Mount Pleasant with issues they have, Gagliardi said. It disrespects the town. Every single resident in this town is the boss of the people on the board, the board should be asking how can I help you?
It is just one of the many reasons why Gagliardi is running against Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury in this upcoming election. Gagliardis challenge to Maybury marks the first contested town supervisor election in Mount Pleasant in years. He is running on the We The People line.
Gagliardi said a major issue for him is a lack of transparency within the local government.
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.
An area of the town that especially hits home for Gagliardi is the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Gagliardi was previously a police officer in Virginia and said the town is neglecting the police force with outdated vehicles and a lack of officers.
Theres a great lack of police presence in this area, Gagliardi said. Everyone thinks their community is safe and fine, until something happens.
Gagliardi said issues in departments such as the police can be resolved with federal grants, and not at the cost of the taxpayers. If elected, Gagliardi said he plans to take a proactive approach to the town and that many issues, such as flooding, could be prevented if the board did the same.
Gagliardi is a 40-year resident of Hawthorne and is married with two children and four grandchildren. He has a PhD and operates a practice of Physiology in Greenwich, Conn. and is the honorary police commissioner in Mt. Vernon.
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