PORTVILLE, NY – On Tuesday’s Village of Portville election slate are two contested seats for four-year trustee terms as well as uncontested seats for a two-year trustee term and for a four-year justice term.
John Kaiser Jr., a Republican, is running uncontested for the two-year term as trustee. Chris Piaggi is the incumbent for justice and has held the position for 12 years.
Three candidates are running for the two four-year trustee seats: Francisco Morales, a Republican; Michael DeBarbieri, a Democrat, and Joseph McLarney, who is running on both the Democrat and Republican lines.
Morales, a guidance counselor at Bolivar-Richburg Central School and a 20-year military veteran, said he has no political experience. He added that he enjoys Portville's youth sporting events and has volunteered on the youth football and baseball boards.
“My main purpose for running in the first place is to be able to help out in community events involving the youth and military-related events. ... Now, it’s more of helping to bring the community together,” Morales said. “We have a great community in Portville as it is. I just want to continue the village’s growth together as one big community and continue to make Portville beautiful.”
Piaggi, co-owner of the UpCycle bicycle repair shop in Olean for a year, has lived in Portville for about 20 years. Three of his children are graduates of Portville Junior/Senior High School.
“There have been many instrumental changes in the past 12 years,” Piaggi said. “Keeping practices in order, being most efficient and complying with practices are important.”
Residents can vote between noon and 9 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, 14 Temple St.