PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Village of Pleasantville will hold a village election this March with four candidates vying for two spots on the board of trustees. Two incumbents, Stephen Lopez and Jonathan Cunningham, will be on the ballot as well George Dolce and Colleen Griffin Wagner. Residents will have the opportunity to choose two out of the four candidates. Kevin Martin was originally slated to be on the ballot but it was recently determined that his petition was invalid and his name was removed from the ballot. None of the candidates are affiliated with a national political party.
The Daily Pleasantville spoke with challenger candidate Dolce about himself and his plans for Pleasantville if he is elected on March 20.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
George Dolce: I’ve lived in Pleasantville approximately 19 years. I’m 52 years old and married with three grown children. I am a retired FDNY paramedic lieutenant and I currently work part time in a local medical office. I’m very big into volunteering, I’ve been a part of the Pleasantville Fire Department for 18 years.
What do you think qualifies you to be a trustee in Pleasantville?
GD: I have skills as a fire department lieutenant in running an office and skills along those natures. My basic qualities are my honesty and my integrity and my ability to do the best I can for the people of the village.
What would you like to accomplish in Pleasantville if you’re elected?
GD: I really don’t want to see a merger of our police department. In all honesty, I have the utmost respect for our county police and the Mount Pleasant Police Department. I’ve worked with them as a fire chief and they are fine dedicated individuals but I believe in keeping out police department a local police department.
What do you think are the three biggest issues in Pleasantville right now?
GD: Taxes always come up first whenever you ask this question. We now need to work within this state mandated tax cap. Then, mergers and outsourcing. At first, the savings may look good but after you have outsourced services you put the village at the mercy of outside companies and no longer are able to control the variables. What may save you money now could end up costing you two or three fold down the line. And finally, the issue of possibly merging our police department.
How do you plan to resolves these issues?
GD: I would like to through careful monitoring of all our spending, looking at outside services, working with consultants, etc. Also having real negotiations with our workforces and lastly listening to the people that live here and hearing their needs.