Greenport race pits former supervisor against incumbent

GREENPORT—Voters in this town choose a supervisor, two Town Board members, two justices and a highway superintendent in the November 3 General Election.

Running for a two-year term as highway superintendent are incumbent Mark Gaylord, on the Democratic, Conservative and Independence lines, and challenger John Onufrychuk Jr. on the Republican line.

Ready for a four-year term as town justice are incumbent Francis A. Abitabile on the Democratic and Conservative lines, and Glen J. Graziano on the Republican line. They are running unopposed.

The town board race offers four candidates for two seats: Guy T. Apicella on the Democratic and Independence lines; Keith Mortefolio, the incumbent, and John P. Mausolf Sr. on the Republican and Conservative lines; and Kathleen Leck-Eldridge on the Independence line. The term is four years.

The name George P. Super remains on the ballot, though he confirmed to The Columbia Paper on October 22 that he has withdrawn from the race and given his support to Mr. Apicella and Ms. Leck-Eldredge.

In the supervisor race, incumbent John J. Porreca Sr. faces Edward F. Nabozny, for a two-year term.

Town supervisor

Edward F. Nabozny, 66, a member of the Independence Party, is endorsed by the Independence, Democratic and Working Families Parties. He held one term as Greenport supervisor previously, 2010-2012.

Mr. Nabozny, a Hudson native, is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy and holds a B.A. from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. He is retired from the NY Higher Education Services Corp, Division of Administration and Financial Services. He and his wife, Carole, have four grown children.

Mr. Nabozny is a member of BPOE ELKS #787 and Federation of Polish Sportsmen. He is a volunteer at the Second Show, a community thrift store in Hudson, and president of the Board of Advisers of the Hudson Day Care Center.

“I decided to run for supervisor after a number of residents contacted me saying a change was needed—a change for the better, not just change for change’s sake,” Mr. Nabozny wrote in his statement. “Decisions appeared to be made before public discussion during board meetings. Reaction by the board and supervisor to major issues was more reactive than proactive.

“I believe I can reverse this trend with the help and support of the town’s citizens. As the former supervisor, I instituted changes that benefited the town. Depositing tax dollars in an interest-bearing account allowed the town to collect interest. Putting in place bidding procedures and town code updates were important actions that I undertook. I instituted regular department head meetings that allowed interaction and cooperation within our town government.

“Those changes were positive. As supervisor, I will work with Greenport citizens to improve our town and make changes that are positive.”

John J. Porreca Sr., 66, endorsed by the Republicans and Conservatives, seeks a third term. A Hudson native and Hudson High School graduate, he holds a state teacher’s certification in maintenance and repair as a vocational instructor from SUNY Oswego. He taught for 12 years.

He previously lived in Hudson, where he served three two-year terms as alderman on the city’s Common Council (1999–2002).

Mr. Porreca served in the Army National Guard from 1968 to 1974. There he was awarded a Good Conduct Medal, NYS Meritorious Service Award, rifle sharpshooter medal and MOS Crawler Tractor Certificate.

Currently he is a member of the Hudson Fish & Game Club, where he is a state Hunter Safety Instructor; and a member of the NRA, AARP, Phi Theta Kappa (SUNY Oswego), American Legion Post 184-Hudson and Bible Baptist Church of Ghent, where he is a trustee and youth ministry leader.

He has two grown sons and five grandchildren.

Mr. Porreca’s candidate statement cited three matters:

  • Water and sewer, where changes could be made to alleviate the results of heavy rainstorms
  • A Comprehensive Plan written in 1971 but never adopted has now been revised and meetings have been scheduled that will lead to the adoption of a plan. This will allow the town to develop a grant writing procedure that will help secure more money for infrastructure repairs and improvements, such as sidewalks on town and state roads
  • The budget process, which since last year has allowed the involvement of department heads and board members. The 2015 budget was neutral with a 0% tax increase. Mr. Porreca expressed pride in this, and also observed that “having a union for some of the employees who are employed by Water/Waste Water and Highway has been and always will be a challenge during negotiations.”

 

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