Nineteen local Democrats turned out on Thursday, February 9, 2006, for the regular monthly meeting at the Croton Free Library to elect a elect a new chair and secretary.
By a unanimous vote, Paul Rolnick was elected as the new Chair of the Croton Democratic Committee as the party heads into the local village elections next month. Mr. Rolnick had previously served as commiittee Secretary and said, “Those of us with school age families need to step up to the plate. It’s our turn to pitch in”.
The group thanked outgoing chair, Laura Seitz, for her many years of leadership and asked her to stay on to co-chair the annual Soup Supper fundraiser committee. In turn, Mr. Rolnick appointed Leo Wiegman to serve as Campaign Committee Chair for the upcoming village election and Tom Moore to serve as Vice-Chair for the campaign.
In the upcoming Village election being held on March 21, 2006, Former Water Control Commission chair, Charlie Kane seeks a second term as Village Trustee and is joined by running mate Ann Gallelli—who has served two prior terms as a Village Trustee and 12 years as Chairperson of the Planning Board— for the other Trustee seat.
Rounding out the Democratic ticket this year is Sam Watkins who seeks the Village Justice post—having served three prior terms as Village Trustee—while Croton GOP Incumbent Guy Adami has held the Village Justice post for nearly a quarter century. Attorney Watkins represents the first challenger that Democrats have put forth in 16 years against Adami.
Newly appointed Secretary Tom Moore added, “This race is about experience, such as what Charlie and Ann bring to the table, versus rookies, such as what the opponents offer”. Further, he added, “Right now, the rookies taking credit for things planned long before they arrived, like Croton Landing (view photo gallery), because—as rookies in charge—they don’t know how to start anything new”.