EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Although the November general election is still four months away, three Eastchester Republicans already look like a sure thing to retain their seats on the Town Board.
Three seats will be on the ballot in November, including that of town supervisor. Last month, Eastchester Republicans unanimously voted to support the incumbents, Supervisor Anthony Colavita and council members Fred Salanitro and Luigi Marcoccia. Now, the Westchester County Independence Party has spread its endorsement to the trio.
The party, which is chaired by Giulio “Doc” Cavallo, endorsed all three incumbent Republicans, a move that was anticipated and has occurred prior to previous elections.
Local Democrats have expressed little desire to challenge for the Independence line, and do not plan to nominate any candidates for the two open council seats. Michael Denning has been endorsed by the Democrats to run against Colavita for supervisor.
All three Republicans are familiar with local politics. Colavita is looking to remain in office for his sixth term, while Marcoccia hopes to serve his second consecutive term, and Salanitro, who was on the board in 2008 before taking a year off and rejoining in 2010, is hopeful of remaining a council member.
Council members serve four-year terms, with the supervisor serving a two-year term. .
Colavita, who has been in office for nearly a decade, said that he looks to continue improving Eastchester for residents. Under his leadership, the town board plans to privatize and consolidate contracts that can save taxpayers money. The board also wants to improve senior citizen housing and Lake Isle Country Club.
Marcoccia, a lifelong Tuckahoe resident, was an unexpected appointment to the board after Council Member Sheila Marcotte was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators in 2010. He said he feels it’s important to reach out to the town’s two villages, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, to increase cohesion and transparency.
Salanitro, a private attorney in the Bronx, is a former chair of the Eastchester Zoning Board of Appeals. If elected, he plans to focus on recreation and beautifying the town, beginning with improvements to town parks to accommodate different sports teams.