RAVENA — Martin Case coasted to a swift nomination for mayor in the Democratic caucus for village elections, but the road to the two trustee nominations was a nail biter, with four candidates vying for the two available positions.
In the end, it was nominees Mary Ellen Rosato and Linda Muller who would come out on top.
First, the Democrats looked to nominate a candidate for mayor to oppose incumbent Mayor Bill Misuraca in the village’s top spot.
Former Mayor John Bruno nominated Case, with current Coeymans Town Supervisor Philip Crandall seconding the nomination. There were no other nominees.
Case was on the village board for 12 years, but left the board four years ago. Accepting the nomination for mayor, Case spoke about the full crowd that had filed into the Ravena firehouse to attend the caucus.
“This shows that the Democratic Party is alive and well in Ravena, and that gives me hope,” Case said. “We have a chance to make a difference in this village right now. We can take back the village board. I believe the best days of this village are ahead of us, if we make the change.”
He spoke of the importance of the village and town working hand in hand.
“The village is the center of our commerce and our culture, for this whole community. With the village and the town working together, we can really make a difference,” Case said.
The nomination for two trustee candidates was then underway. Four people were nominated: Mary Ellen Rosato, Linda Muller, Bryan Rowzee and Al Visconti.
Town Clerk Cindy Rowzee nominated Rosato. “She loves the village and has worked hard for the village, and I know she would do a great job as trustee,” Rowzee said of Rosato.
Village Trustee Nancy Warner seconded the nomination.
Muller was nominated by Alicia Nieves, with Kevin Williams seconding.
“I feel she would be a great asset to the village board,” Nieves said.
Bryan Rowzee was nominated by Marie Sturges, while Visconti was nominated by Crandall.
Each gave an overview of their background and what they hoped to accomplish should they be nominated, and then it was time for Ravena Democrats to cast their votes for who would represent the party on the ballot come March.
Rosato was the highest vote getter, with 45. Muller received the second highest number of votes with 30.
Rosato has been a lifelong resident of the village, and worked for the village for 30 years as secretary to the zoning and planning boards. Currently she works part-time for the building department, and she has also worked with the town. She retired from the NYS Department of Corrections, working in the legal department, and was union president in the Coxsackie and Greene County correctional facilities, where she worked with budgets, she said. Rosato is also active with the Ravena VFW Auxiliary.
“I will really do the best I can. I can’t guarantee anything, but I will try to bring a lot to the village and try to get more people working together,” Rosato said. “We have some great people in the village and the town, so I know we can really do a great job if we all work together.”
Muller is a retired health and physical education teacher, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She is on the board of the retired teachers’ union, teaches Sunday School, and volunteers for the Red Cross, among other volunteer activities.
“I am excited about this town. I am a workaholic and I love new ideas. I have been part of this town for many years, but I am retired now and now I can really be a part of this town and bring forth the changes you want,” Muller said as she accepted the nomination.
Election Day will be Tuesday, March 20. Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m.
A meet the candidates event will be held at RCS Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m., so voters can meet all the candidates and see where they stand on specific issues.