SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Sleepy Hollow Democrats have chosen four incumbents and one newcomer to run in the upcoming village elections this March.
Democrats have nominated Mayor Ken Wray and Village Justice Andre Valdespino to run for re-election on the Democratic and Better Government lines. Trustees Bruce Campbell and Evelyn Stupel, along with newcomer Glenn Rosenbloom, have been nominated to run for trustee positions in March on the Democratic and Better Government lines.
The mayor and trustees serve two-year terms. The village justice serves a four-year term.
“It's been my privilege to represent you as mayor for the past four years,” Wray said, adding “there's so much to be done, so much unfinished business.”
A large crowd gathered Saturday morning at the James Galgano Senior Center to choose Democratic candidates for the village elections.
Wray, a two-term mayor, and Valdespino were unopposed in their re-election bids.
Nominees for the three open trustee slots were divided between two factions as Wray and several sitting trustees endorsed two outsiders instead of incumbents Campbell and Barbara Carr.
Wray said he asked the two incumbents to step down so new faces could be brought onto the village board.
Campbell and Carr both vied for nominations, but only Campbell retained one during Saturday's caucus. Campbell, who has served two terms as trustee, stressed his experience on the board and noted that two newcomers were elected to the village board during last year's elections.
“Together, we can make Sleepy Hollow a better place to live and raise a family,” he said.
Candidates cited several ongoing issues in the village they would focus on if elected, including the General Motors site redevelopment, keeping taxes low, improving village infrastructure and developing an adequate water supply.
“I think this is an extraordinary time in terms of the opportunity to grow and develop this village as we move into the next couple of years,” said Rosenbloom, a resident of Sleepy Hollow for 24 years.
Stupel, a two-term trustee, said she would continue her work with illegal housing and code enforcement so residents have a safe place to live.
“I really feel that our citizens have the right to safe conditions,” she said, adding she hoped the village would reach a “tipping point” in the fight soon.