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Pelham Woman Wants More Info on Justice Candidates

PELHAM, N.Y. – Longtime Pelham resident Marguerite Nichols thinks the upcoming election for town justice is important to the town but she feels the candidates unfortunately have not made themselves available enough to the people.

Nichols, whose family has lived in Pelham for 200 years, said this election will affect the lives of Pelham residents, but that she does not know enough yet about the players involved.

“I don’t have a favorite candidate,” Nichols said. “They haven’t opened up to the average person.”

Nichols said that people will sometimes get confused at the polls when they do not know enough about the candidates. She also said that candidates in a mayoral race would do everything in their power to place themselves in the public eye in a positive light.

Five candidates are competing for two town justice seats in the November election. John F. De Chiaro (R), Stephen F. Ruffino (C), and incumbent Stephen F. Huff (R/C) are running along with Mercedes Maldonado (D) and George Bischof (D), according to information from the Westchester County Board of Elections.

Justice Anthony Pasquantonio decided to step down earlier this year after more than 30 years of service. Huff has also been a town justice for more than three decades.

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