PELHAM MANOR, N.Y. Democrat Neal Schwarzfeld and Republican Louis Annunziata easily won the uncontested election to the Pelham Manor Board of Trustees on Tuesday after running on a bipartisan platform.
Both had been unanimously nominated by the villages Republican and Democratic party caucuses.
Annunziata, a dentist for 38 years and a former 25-year chair of the Pelham Manor Zoning Board of Appeals, won his first election to the village board, as he was appointed by Mayor James OConnor to replace former Trustee Mark Bruckmann, who moved out of the village.
Schwarzfeld was first elected to the board in 2010 after being appointed by former Mayor Lorri Gorman to serve as village attorney.
Gorman commended the two candidates at a February meeting of the Pelham Manor Republican Party caucus for their support of nonpartisan politics.
The two of them running really is a continuation of a long-held belief in this village to leave national party politics at the door and just attract talented people who are interested in the good of the village, she said.
Schwarzfeld, who said at the meeting that he was honored to serve, added at that time, Partisan party politics are not really a factor at this level, nor should they be.
Annunziata agreed and said at that meeting, Right now, we have two Democrats and three Republicans on the board, and to be honest with you, nobody ever talks about their party affiliation. Its just a very nonpartisan way of governing, and it works, and were going to continue to work under the same philosophy.
OConnor said at the meeting that he was thankful to have both men running for election.
Pelham Manor trustees serve two-year terms.
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