The Pawling Republican Committee held its annual caucus on Thursday, June 21, at the Lathrop Building at Lakeside Park. The evening would serve to officially nominate the party’s candidates for two Village Trustee positions and Town Justice in the elections to be held in November. There would also be a contested nomination for a seat on the Pawling Town Board.
In November, Pawling voters will elect a new member to serve a four-year term on the Pawling Town Board. The Republican caucus would address the nominations of three perspective candidates. The first nomination was presented for Dr. Thomas Bloom, who currently serves on the Pawling Town Planning Board. Dr. Bloom was nominated by Erick Paulson. This was seconded by Frank Rocco. The next nomination went to local real estate agent Reid McGrath. McGrath was nominated by Glenn Carey, and this nomination was seconded by Village Trustee Dan Peters. The final nomination was for an endorsement to be given to Democratic candidate Coleen Snow, who would be nominated by Susan Pieratti and seconded by Deborah Klein.
Republican voters in attendance cast a total of 143 votes. Ultimately, Reid McGrath was victorious, garnering 115 votes, followed by Coleen Snow with 20 votes, and Dr. Bloom receiving 8 votes. McGrath was officially named the Republican candidate for the Town Board election in November.
For Pawling Town Justice, incumbent Gayle Zelazny was nominated by Derek Brockhoff and seconded by Bob Marvin. Zelazny earned the Republican nomination for candidacy uncontested, and will seek re-election in November.
In the Village of Pawling, November will see an election for two Trustee positions for the Village Board. Current Trustee John Burweger was nominated by Earl Slocum, and seconded by Lauri Taylor. The second nomination was given to current Trustee and Chairman of the Pawling Joint Sewer Commission Dan Peters. Peters was nominated by Glenn Carey, and seconded by Lou Musella. The candidacies of Burweger and Peters were uncontested.