Republicans won big in North Salem last week, though uncertainty remains for one of two seats on the Town Board.
Supervisor Warren Lucas was reelected along with Town Clerk Maria Hlushko. Judge John Aronian will be joined on the bench by Republican Daniel Seymour, according to the Westchester County Board of Elections’ unofficial election results.
However, the Town Board race remains too close to call. With 958 votes, incumbent Republican Brent Golisano’s seat is secured; however, as of Nov. 11, Republican Thomas Moreo was leading in the polls with 845 votes over Democrat Katherine Daniels’ 840 votes. Absentee ballots are expected to be counted on Nov. 19.
Golisano, a North Salem Middle/High School graduate who has lived in the town for 42 years, feels honored to have been given an opportunity to continue to serve the residents of North Salem. He looks forward to establishing a new vision for the Purdys hamlet and continuing to work on Croton Falls projects and serve Peach Lake communities.
“Thank you again for your support. I am here to work for everyone and do my best in providing the best services possible to our town,” Golisano said.
Although Moreo’s name appeared on the ballot, the North Salem Republican Committee has said that he is planning to move out of the state. According to Zillow, his North Salem residence was listed for sale on Aug. 27.
Daniels, a former school board member who moved to North Salem in 1996, said she felt very frustrated about the results and was concerned that voters were not well-informed.
“It’s incredibly frustrating to me. I wish the Board of Elections could have gotten off the ballot because it seems crazy to be running against somebody who has moved away,” Daniels said. “There must be a lot of people who voted for the [party] line, which, of course, is a dangerous situation.”
Town officials say that since Moreo has not officially moved out of the town at this point, if elected, Moreo would have options of being sworn into the position or resigning in January. Should he resign, the Town Board would appoint someone to fill his spot for a one-year term, and the seat would be up for election again next year. The Town Board could also choose not to appoint anyone and leave the seat vacant.
The North Salem News found out about Moreo’s move from a source and it was confirmed by the town’s Republican Party leadership. Editor Jodi Weinberger asked Lucas, Golisano and Republican chair William Monti why no effort was made to inform the public, but as of press time on Monday, Nov. 11, no one had responded.
Moreo said in a phone call Nov. 7 that he would not speak to the press and hung up abruptly.
Democratic Club President Pat Carey said although she is disappointed with the current result, she feels optimistic about the final count.
“We want to win and we may still win,” Carey said. “Katherine is a very good candidate and she would be really good for this town.”
For town clerk, incumbent Hlushko won with 977 votes to challenger Democrat William Morin’s 623 votes. Last year, the race was so tight, it took two weeks before Hlushko claimed victory.
“I’m glad this time I knew the result on the election night rather than wondering,” Hlushko said.
Morin thanked those who supported him.
“I would like to thank all the people who worked on my campaign and those who supported me in the race for North Salem town clerk,” Morin said. “The election result was not what we had hoped for, but that means God has other plans for me. I congratulate Maria Hlushko on her win.”
For town justice, Aronian and Seymour lead in the polls with 966 and 854 votes, respectively, defeating Democrats Solomon
Schepps and Robert Leder, who received 691 and 588 votes, respectively.
Aronian, who was elected in 2015 to become the first new town justice in 30 years, is pleased to be reelected and looks forward to serving the town for another term. Seymour, who has practiced law in the Justice Courts of Westchester County for more than 30 years, is grateful for his support and honored to serve in this position.
“I want to put the difficult election behind and move forward with what I’m doing,” Aronian said.
Schepps is disappointed in the result but grateful to those who support him. Leder felt welcome and appreciated as a newcomer during the campaign.
“Losing isn’t fun, but it will give me time to reflect on what I want to do going forward…I will continue gardening, hiking, canoeing, swimming, bike riding, cross-country skiing and enjoying the wonderful things that our town and planet have to offer,” Leder said.