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4 Tannersville trustee candidates vie for two seats; Ayres, Chirico square off in Hunter

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    Contributed photoLee McGunnigle
March 15, 2019 10:12 pm Updated: March 18, 2019 02:26 pm


TANNERSVILLE — Four candidates are competing for two seats on the Tannersville Village Board on Tuesday. Mayor Lee McGunnigle, a Democrat and the incumbent, is running unopposed for a 13th term.  In Hunter, voters will decide on a two-way race between Anita Ayres, running on the Pro party  line, and Guy  Chirico, who is running on the Livable Village party line.

for trustee

David Kashman

Age: 39

Occupation: Owner of the restaurant Last Chance Cheese

Education: Union College, class of 2001

Kashman is running for his second term on Democratic party line.

Kashman is most proud of the work the village has done on the Rip Van Winkle Lake Park, he said.

He plans to continue to improve the village’s infrastructure.

“The Village of Tannersville is currently working on numerous infrastructure projects including improvements to our parks and water system,” he said. “One goal as a trustee is to continue effectively supporting these projects and plan for future infrastructure project that will help our community grow.”

Kashman and his wife Lauren have two children.

Gregory Landers

Age: 57

Landers is running for his sixth term on the Democratic and Watchful Eye party lines.

As a longtime mountaintop resident, Landers feels his experience makes him the right man for the job.

“I’ve served as trustee and deputy mayor for the village of Tannersville for the past 10 years,” he said. “I’ve worked diligently toward making the village a better place to live and raise a family.”

Landers plans to continue to collectively work with the board to improve the village, he said.

“For the time that I have served on the village board, I believe that the village residents and taxpayers have been fortunate to have good board members that have worked together for the betterment and future of the village,” he said. “I look forward to serving the community for another term.”

John Palermo Sr.

Age: 62

Occupation: Retired

Education: Rensselaer High School, class of 1974

Palermo is running for his first term on Right Choice party line.

Palermo said his accessibility and experience make him a good candidate.

“Being retired, I feel I have more time available than the present trustees that have full-time jobs,” he said. “My experience with the highway department brings a lot to this village.”

Palermo and his wife Kathy have four children.

Palermo did not submit a photo.

Clifton Thompson

Age: 49

Occupation: Owner of C Thompson Plumbing and Heating, owner of Tannersville Laundromat

Education: Windham-Ashland-Jewett High School, 1987

Thompson is running for his first term on Right Choice party line.

Thompson strives to serve as a watchdog for taxpayers, he said.

“With the impending merger between the Village Highway department and the Town of Hunter Highway Department, I want to ensure that the community does not lose services and all their concerns and questions will be attended to with transparency,” Clifton said. “I believe with my background and experience I am a valuable voice at this time of uncertainty. It is time for fresh ideas, organization, accountability in the various departments of the Village.”

Thompson hopes to attract people to the community and help grow the local economy, he said.

Thompson and his wife Kimberly have three children.

This story was revised at 2:25 p.m. on March 18, 2019