North Salem has three contested races this year.

Republican incumbent Maria Hlushko and Democrat Billy Morin are seeking a four-year term as Town Clerk. 

We asked each of the candidates to talk briefly about themselves, their positions and goals. You can find their answers below:

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Maria Hlushko

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. If you are an incumbent, how long have you served in this role?

I have been serving as the Town Clerk since January, when I was elected to fill an unexpired term. Prior to this year, I served as the Confidential Secretary to Town Supervisor Warren Lucas (2013-2018) and Town Supervisor Sy Globerman (2004-2006). I grew up in North Salem and raised my two daughters here. I have always been involved in our community and I am currently captain of the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps (since 2010) where I have been a member for over 11 years. In the past, I have been involved in the North Salem Lions Club, Soccer Club (treasurer), Girl Scouts (as a troop leader and community cookie chair), Booster Club, PTO, and St. Joseph’s Choir as an instrumentalist.
 

Why do you want to be Town Clerk? 

I would like to continue serving the town. I have acquired my notary public license and have helped many of our residents with documents, free of charge.  We are now an E-ZPass On the Go retailer.  We had the Westchester County mobile shredding truck come in April and the Westchester County mobile passport unit come in August.  We are in the process of being able to offer hunting and fishing licenses again.  We are designing a new Town website that should be up and running in November.  This will allow residents to access it from their smart phones and other devices that are not currently an option.  

What is a top priority for the Town Clerk going forward?

Looking ahead, we will be working on organizing our records vault, which will include redesigning the layout of our vault and taking a full records inventory.  The goal is to merge the records that do not need to be kept and scan and preserve the records we are required to keep.  We will continue to serve the residents and anybody who comes through our front door, as we issue dog licenses, marriage licenses, respond to genealogy requests, provide copies of death certificates, issue annual permits and provide daily parking permits for the Croton Falls train station, attend Town Board meetings and prepare the meeting minutes, respond to requests for information, issue filming permits, and anything else we are asked to do.

Billy Morin
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. If you are an incumbent, how long have you served in this role?

I graduated magna cum laude from NYU with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and have a Master’s degree in Archaeology from Cambridge University (UK). I am an active member of the Croton Falls Fire Department, Friends of the Library, North Salem Historical Society, the town’s Democrat Committee, and St. Joseph’s Church. As a trained archaeologist working at excavations in Egypt and Israel, I have worked as the dig registrar which involves collecting, identifying, cataloging, storing, digitizing and protecting artifacts found. I believe there is a direct correlation between artifacts and documents as the process in handling them is the same. 

Why do you want to be Town Clerk? 

The Town Clerk’s office flanks the entranceway at Town Hall. This is often the first stop for many as they explore local government, both how it affects them and how they can affect it. It is an entranceway; not a gateway. Whether it be in person or online, I would like to make their first and all subsequent interactions positive and productive. Although the Town Clerk is an elected position, it shouldn’t be a political one. If elected I intend to resign my executive position with the Democrat Committee. 

What is a top priority for the Town Clerk going forward?

Maintaining, enhancing and expanding services provided by the Town Clerk; and being more pro-active in educating our townsfolk on how they can best be served and take full advantage of what this office provides.
Some ideas to explore:
-Maximizing the internet to connect with townsfolk and provide them with information and downloadable materials and forms;
-Providing on-site services at the two nursing homes in town for residents who might not otherwise be aware of or have access to them;
-Recreating our town’s cable TV channel for various purposes including televising meetings, conducting interviews, and celebrating all the town offers. Students and local media people could participate.