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Republicans Back Port Chester IDA Leader Neil Pagano for Mayor

Incumbents Kenner, Terenzi nominated for re-election, newcomers Ferrara, Xie backed for March 19 village election.

Port Chester's Republicans on Tuesday night selected Neil Pagano, chairman of the Port Chester Industrial Development Agency, as their candidate for mayor in the March 19 village elections.

The decision comes just a night after Pagano received the backing of the Independence Party and the Conservative Party in his race against incumbent Democratic Mayor Dennis Pilla. Democrats on Monday backed Pilla in his bid for re-election.

Republicans on Tuesday night also backed trustees Joseph Kenner, the Port Chester Republican Party chairman, and Saverio Terenzi for re-election. Additionally, Republicans nominated newcomers Jing Xie and Frank Ferrara as trustee candidates. Both Xie and Ferrara work in financial management, Xie at IBM in Somers and Ferrara as director of the Ferrara Family Trust.

The mayor's seat and all six trustee seats are to be decided in the election. In the cumulative form of voting in Port Chester, voters can cast their six votes for trustees in any combination they want — allowing them to cast more than one vote for an individual candidate.

Joining Pilla on the Democratic ticket are incumbent trustees Luis Marino and Daniel Brakewood, along with nominee Gregory Adams, who is a former Port Chester Board of Trustees member.

The Conservative Party, in addition to supporting Pagano, is backing trustees Bart Didden and Terenzi for re-election, while also supporting Rico Dos Anjos for a trustee seat.

Didden and Terenzi, like Pagano, were also nominated for re-election by the Independence Party.

Both Democrats and Republicans are trying to build a clear majority on the seven-member Board of Trustees with their election slates in hopes of taking control of village policy-making.

Aidan January 30, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Gene Ceccarelli for the Board of Trustees.
ANDREA January 30, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Neil Pagano will be a great mayor God Bless wishing u the best i will vote
John B January 30, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Mr. Ceccarelli is a good man.
JJ January 30, 2013 at 05:27 PM
I'd like to see biographies on everyone who's running for public officer to include their education backgrounds, past/current employment, past military service records (if any), their memberships and affiliations with clubs and civic organizations, any awards or honors received and any/ all allegations that might have been presented about them in the past. Past performance is a good indicator of possible future performance. Good luck to all.
Aidan January 30, 2013 at 05:41 PM
I'd also like a terse, direct statement regarding their views on the hottest topics ... such as the Starwood proposal, illegal housing, village taxes, and quality of life issues.
JJ January 30, 2013 at 08:49 PM
@Aidan....................agree 100%
Bart Didden January 30, 2013 at 09:37 PM
@Aidan and JJ, did you two need a statement from me? lol
Joe January 30, 2013 at 10:11 PM
It's nice to see some new faces running for office. I will agree with Aidan and John B. about Gene Ceccarelli. Gene is running on his own ticket for Trustee and I hope everyone gets a chance to meet Gene and see that he wants what is best for Port Chester and its Taxpayers. Please consider Gene for a few of your six trustee votes.I know I will. Thanks
John January 30, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Nothing will change. Quality of life issues? That's funny!
Aidan January 30, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Why not? Fire away. It's not just for us ... I'm certain lots of folks follow this as their main venue for village news ... and they would love a series of direct statements regarding the Starwood proposal and your visions for the future in regard to other issues. You've put yourself out there ... and that is always appreciated. One last thing. You're a successful businessman ... so you know all about priorities. Can you speak to that as well? Thanks. Sorry if this sounds like homework.
JJ January 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM
@Bart..........Thank you. The Public appreciates your candidness and the fact that you actually read and make comments here. That's a lot more than most of the BOT's. There's the difference between "serving" and "leadership".
PC Lover March 15, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Bart what's up with your cousin? Boy, today's Journal News really makes him out to be a real horse's ass. "I didn't know"..."it was a mistake"...."it wasn't me"..."my lawyer lied"... His lawyer actually called him a liar in the newspaper! WOW! The term "bumbling" comes to mind, as does "back peddling", "disingenuous" and "full of it up to his eyeballs". If Neil gets voted in Port Chester will be in for a world of hurt. BTW if Neil gets in will that fast track all your property tax grievances...and his as well? Smell a conflict of interest here? Anyone who votes for these kissing cousins deserves whatever they get. http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013303130117
Bart Didden March 15, 2013 at 07:58 PM
@PC Lover (aka brain surgeon) The Town of Rye does the assessments and the Village government has nothing to do with it, but you probably knew that! Are Your Assessments To High? Feel Like You Are You Paying More Than Your Fair Share? Check out my blog right here on The Patch at - http://portchester.patch.com/blog_posts/standing-up-for-port-chester-taxpayers-you-have-rights-use-them

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