Residents will have a choice between two candidates for town clerk come November.

Republican Maria Hlushko and Democrat Billy Morin filed by the July 12 deadline for the one-year unexpired term. The position will be up for election again in 2019 for the full four-year term.

Patti Butler, who had served as deputy town clerk since 2002, was appointed by the Town Board to fill the position in October 2017 after longtime Town Clerk Veronica “Ronnie” Howley resigned in September 2017. Howley had served as town clerk since 1999. 

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Though the town clerk is an elected position, Howley resigned after the deadline to hold an election, triggering the need for the Town Board to appoint someone to the role.

Following Butler’s appointment, Kelly Cronin, Howley’s daughter, was hired as Deputy Town Clerk in November 2017.

Butler said she plans to retire when her stint as town clerk comes to an end this year and did not file for re-election. 

Whoever is elected to the position in November will also choose a new deputy town clerk. 

Morin, 61, has lived in North Salem since 2008. He is an active member of the Croton Falls Fire Department and Fire Police Squad. He is a member of the Friends of Ruth Keeler Memorial Library and has served in leadership roles. He is a member of the North Salem Architectural Review Board, contributing member of the North Salem Historical Society and is serving as Eucharistic Minister at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church. He is also vice chair of the North Salem Democratic Committee. Morin has an undergraduate degree from New York University and a graduate degree from Cambridge University. He has also  began doctoral work in archaeology at Ledien University in the Netherlands.

Hlushko was raised in North Salem and returned 21 years ago to raise her children. Over the past two decades, she has been an active member in a variety of town organizations including the North Salem Lions Club, North Salem Soccer Club, North Salem Girl Scouts, St. Joseph’s Choir, North Salem Middle/High School PTO and Booster Club, North Salem Republican Committee and most recently, an active member of North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps for over ten years, where she’s served as captain for eight years.

Hlushko has served as the confidential secretary to former Town Supervisor Sy Globerman and is currently serving in the same position under Town Supervisor Warren Lucas.