North Salem has three contested races this year.

For Town Council, voters will have a choice between Republican incumbent Brent Golisano and Democrat Katherine Daniels. Republican Thomas Moreo’s name will also appear on the ballot; however, the North Salem Republican Committee has said that Moreo is planning to move out of state and, therefore, would need to resign if elected. Should he win and move, the Town Board would appoint someone to fill his spot for a one-year term and the seat would be up for election next year.

Moreo has not responded to repeated attempts to reach him by the North Salem News.

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Supervisor Warren Lucas is not being challenged in his bid for reelection.

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

Katherine Daniels

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.

My name is Katherine Daniels.  My husband, Josh Leicht, and I have lived in North Salem since 1996.  We raised our sons here, both graduates of the North Salem public schools. 

Why do you want to be on the Town Council?

I am running for Town Board because I cherish North Salem and want to preserve and protect it.  I am a lawyer; my practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling.  For the past 14 years I have served on the Board of Education in North Salem.  We transformed a good district into one that is known for excellence throughout the state and the nation.  I also served on the committee that crafted the Town’s current Comprehensive Plan.  A member of St. James Church, I have served in leadership rolls there too.  I am a trustee of the Ruth Keeler Library and co-president with Charlotte Harris of the North Salem Bridle Trails Association.  I have also served in on the boards of other local organizations.  I am a hard worker and committed to transparent decision making.  I am a moderate democrat, but if elected will represent the entire community in a non-partisan fashion to the best of my abilities. 

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

Speaking with residents during the past few months, have identified five priories for the Town Board: 1. Carefully managing the revitalization efforts in Croton Falls; 2. Thoughtfully assessing the housing needs and continuing to control spending to ensure that working and retired people can afford to live here; 3. Working with the County and State to improve our roads; 4. Working with the County and our Planning Board to make sure the new emergency cell towers are correctly placed; and 5. managing the Town’s transition to renewable and more affordable sources of energy.  I look forward to serving this wonderful community and working on these tasks and many others.

Brent Golisano

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I am Brent Golisano a resident of North Salem since 1977. I am running for re-election and my second term as Councilman. I am a graduate of North Salem High School and I am an Attorney.

I have experience with the NS Republican Committee, working with the Supreme Court, Putnam County; Department of the Army at West Point and as a Small Claims Arbitrator for Bronx County. I am currently a Trial Attorney for a large multi-national insurance company. I am supported by family and friends and involved with BSA Troop 4 Purdys as Scoutmaster.

Why do you want to be on the Town Council?

I am running for re-election because I want to continue working to improve North Salem for all residents. Some of the projects going forward include: Responsible business development; Review of traffic patters; Review of shared roadways between motor vehicles, bicyclist and horses; a new Police garage and Improvements at Joe Bohrdrum Park.
During my first term as Councilman, I helped establish a Neighborhood Watch in Purdys; worked with the Highway Department to improve traffic safety; helped with the beautification of Croton Falls and worked to update the Town Employee Handbook. 

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

A top priority for me is to maintain the character and integrity of North Salem and provide our residents with the services they have come to expect. For the last four years, I have been working with Supervisor Lucas on the improvements we have made for our Peach Lake communities. We are now focusing on Croton Falls and I am fully supportive of our Croton Falls 2025 plan which includes green-spaces, new lighting, a community center, sewers and other enhancements for the future. We are also working with the MTA in planning safer access to Purdys Station. I look forward to your continued support and thank you for allowing me to serve you.