Republican Frank Caputo is running for a seat on the North Salem Town Board.
The seat was left vacant after former councilman Stephen Bobolia was elected as Town Justice. Caputo is running on the Republican, Independent and Conservative Party lines.
This year’s election will be for the remaining one-year unexpired term on the board.
Caputo is a newcomer to politics and a lifelong resident of North Salem.
He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Pace University and currently works at Morgan Stanley in Purchase doing retirement planning.
While he has not served elected office, he and his family have been active and have deep roots in the community. Caputo served as a volunteer firefighter in the Croton Falls Fire Department, which he began serving at age 16 and volunteered through college.
His family has lived in North Salem for the past 45 years. His sister, Diane has been a teacher at Pequenakonck Elementary School for nearly 20 years, his sister Veronica Howley is currently the town clerk, and his brother-in-law Thomas Howley is the North Salem police chief. Caputo’s brother Neil was the commissioner and chief of the Croton Falls Fire Department.
Caputo said his mission is to look out for the middle income families that live in the town, and said his goal is to keep taxes down and spending under control.
“Coming out of 2008, unemployment is still high. Wages are stagnant. We have to be careful. We need to tax wisely and spend wisely so these families can stay in town. These are families volunteering for the emergency services so we don’t need a paid (fire) department. We need to keep it affordable in North Salem,” noted Caputo.
According to Caputo, another key issue is protecting North Salem’s open land and balancing it with development and business. “There are parcels of land available in town including commercial pieces of property. As long as the zoning and planning boards proceed carefully and thoughtfully, we’re not going to have the big corporations like Somers has coming in—like IBM and Pepsi,” he said.
Frank Caputo is facing a challenge from former Town Councilman Martin Aronchick who lost his seat last November by just 3 votes to Republican Lisa Douglas.