NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - An unusual set of circumstances brings a Town Board race to North Salem this year for a seat on the five-member governing body.

Republican Thomas Moreo squeaked out a win in November 2019 over Democrat Katherine Daniels, despite his plans to move out of state.

To fill the vacancy, the Town Board in March appointed Republican Bob Daros to the remainder of the one-year term, a decision that upset local Democrats and Daniels’ supporters.

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Supervisor Warren Lucas said at the time he was appointing Daros because of the pandemic, reasoning that the board would need a quorum should a member fall ill. Democrats argued the appointment would give Daros a leg up by enabling him to run as an incumbent in this year’s race. 

On Nov. 3, residents will choose between Daros and Daniels, who in 2019 declined to seek another year on the school board after serving for more than a decade to take a shot at town governance. The board has four Republicans and one Democrat. 
Halston Media will be hosting a virtual debate between the candidates on Oct. 29.  See more information here.pdf 

ABOUT THE CANDIDATES: 

 

KATHERINE DANIELS

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience
I am a businesswoman and lawyer, a mother and wife. I have two sons—one who will begin pilot training in the US Air Force when he graduates college next year, the second a sophomore at the US Air Force Academy. I love the outdoors. I run marathons, hike, ride horses and bike, ski, dive and sail. I am a volunteer. I served on the North Salem Board of Education for 14 years, the Comprehensive Planning Committee, the North
Salem Energy Advisory Panel, the Executive Committee for the Northern Westchester Energy Action Consortium. I am an active member of St. James Episcopal Church, I have served on its vestry and sing in its choir. I am on the boards of the North Salem Bridle Trails Association, the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library and Allied Community Enterprises. I have lived in North Salem since 1996, and treasure our community.

Why do you want to serve on the North Salem Town Board?
Women comprise more than 50 percent of North Salem’s population. Yet our Town Board is all men. As a woman, I will bring a fresh and forward-looking perspective to preserving our community’s character and ensuring it remains affordable for new and long-time residents. We all deserve to have confidence that our voices are being heard.

What is a top priority for the town both in the next year and looking toward the future?
One of my top priorities is to ensure better planning and community engagement. For example, after we finished the Comprehensive Plan in 2011, the town was supposed to develop a capital plan. That hasn’t happened. We also need to do a lot more planning and engagement around mitigating and adapting to climate change. We also need to harden our infrastructure (fewer power outages please!) and do our part to reduce
dependence on fossil fuels. To learn more about my priorities and me, please visit
www.katherinedaniels.org.

Bob Daros 
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I was appointed to the position by the Town Board earlier this year because of an unusual set of circumstances that developed during the election last year and subsequent vacancy on January 1. I am a lifelong resident of North Salem with roots in town that go back close to 200 years. 
My mother’s family were the Juengsts. They were manufacturing equipment in their factories along the Croton River in Croton Falls and harnessed the power of the river to run the equipment. Just after the turn of the century, they used the same water to generate electricity. They sent electricity all over Northern Westchester long before other large towns and cities had power. Many of the structures are still there as well as many of the homes they built in what we know as the neighborhood called Juengstville in Croton Falls. 
This entrepreneurship runs in the family. 
I am co-owner of Heritage Fuel and Heritage Propane. We have been in business almost 30 years and are based in Croton Falls. We serve more than half of the homes in town. We also employ many residents of North Salem. 
At the age of 16, I followed in my grandfather and father’s footsteps and joined the Croton Falls Fire Department. In 2001 I became a fire commissioner, which I still am, and have served as chairman of the board twice. 
My extensive time as a business owner and being a fire commissioner have given me knowledge of what it really means to be fiscally conservative and an in-depth understanding in the case of fire commissioner, a very sensitive take on tax levies to the residents. I carry the same sentiment to the taxpayers in the town of North Salem. 

Why do you want to serve on the North Salem Town Board?
Since my appointment I have taken on the role as liaison to the Highway Department. My extensive knowledge of trucks, equipment and personnel make for a good fit. 
Earlier this year the New York State DOT placed a very restrictive weight rating on the Route 116 bridge crossing the Titicus River just west of Hilltop Drive. I have been in contact with the state engineers and the commercial motor vehicle division of the New York State Police regarding the condition of the bridge and the enforcement of overweight trucks still crossing the bridge. We are trying to curb further deterioration of the bridge until it can be replaced. I am also working on the feasibility of permanent standby generators for the various water districts in town. 

What is a top priority for the town both in the next year and looking toward the future?
If elected in November I will be looking at developing a capital improvement plan for all town-owned buildings and structures as well as a way to have the maintenance and repairs funded.