HINSDALE, NY — Highway Superintendent Theodore Mascho is facing a challenge from Daniel Zawatski in Tuesday's election. Mascho is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines; Zawatski is the Democrat and Working Families parties' candidate.

Mascho, who has worked as a superintendent for construction for 29 years in Pennsylvania, said he will continue to do a good job with Hinsdale's roads.

“I’ve dealt with gas pads and put in roads for gas fields out in Pennsylvania and dealt with roads the proper way, so I am quite fit for the position,” he said.

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Zawatski, who served on the Hinsdale council for 12 years, said he can manage budgeting concerns if elected highway superintendent.

“I am aware of the town budget in the 12 years I was on the budget committee," he said. "The highways are the number one spender in the town."

Zawatski holds a New York State inspector's license for heavy and light vehicles and certification from Purdue University’s instructor training program. He has worked for 41 years as a steamfitter with Local 449, a job that involves repairing pipes in large commercial buildings, hospitals and schools. He is a past commander of the Hinsdale American Legion who was honorably discharged from the Army National Guard as a staff sergeant.

“My aim is to improve the town services, stay within the budget and to make sure that the snow plows are out before the school buses which is not happening now,” he said..

Zawtaski identified Sherlock Hollow Road as a top priority.

“Shoulders and a lot of the roads make it hard for people to even pull off the roads to park,” he said.

Mascho said Union Valley Road would be one of his priorities.

“I will continue to manage the bigger roads and keep them in shape to fix all the traffic for the other smaller roads in Hinsdale,” he Mascho. 

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