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Mayoral candidates line up in Watkins

WATKINS GLEN—Registered Republican voters will choose between Mark Swinnerton and Richard Scuteri Sr. Tuesday, Jan. 25, as the Republican mayoral candidate in the March election.
Both Watkins Glen residents filed petitions to run for mayor as Republicans. This required the village to schedule a primary election, Jan. 25. The general election will be March 15 with any Democratic and independent candidates also on the ballot.
Clerk Donna Beardsley said Jan. 27 is the last day for a Democratic party nomination, which follows a caucus. Current Mayor Judy Phillips said she is waiting for the Democratic Caucus Jan. 22 to see if she is nominated to run for the Democratic Party. Phillips said, “I’m interested in running.”
The final election deadline is Feb. 8. Beardsley said independent candidates must file before this date.
Scuteri was previously on the village board as a trustee from 1981 to 1984 and mayor of Watkins Glen from 1984 to 1985. Scuteri said as mayor he lowered taxes nine percent.
Scuteri said he owned the Fourth Street Market, opened the pizzeria in the back, and built the restaurant where Jerlando’s is now. He also served in the Air Force during Vietnam.
Scuteri said his main goal is to keep from raising taxes. He also said the village needs to protect its tax base. Scuteri added he wants to create a protection plan for widows. He explained there are many widows in the village and Watkins has many coming in that could be used for it.
Swinnerton has worked in the construction industry for the past 20 years and has worked as a chief estimator, project manager, and as a senior project manager on projects. He is currently managing a $25 million project for SUNY Binghamton which is scheduled to be completed in July.
He was village trustee from 2004 to 2008 and is currently the president of the Watkins Glen— Montour Lions Club. He was also vice chairman of the Schuyler County Republican Party from 2003 to 2008.
“We will use our education and business experiences to promote growth and development while managing the budget,” said Swinnerton. “Watkins Glen is our hometown and it is important to us that we continue to build on the many positive attributes of our village.”
Swinnerton is running with Scott Gibson and Kevin Smith who will appear on the March election ballot as trustee candidates.



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