Earlier this year Paul Hansut announced that he would not run for re-election as Lloyd Supervisor, opening the door to two individuals who are now seeking the position, Republican Jeffrey Paladino and Democrat Fred Pizzuto.
Jeff Paladino has been endorsed by the CSEA and Local 17 and will be on the Republican, Independence and Highland United Party lines on the November ballot.
Paladino said he is running, “to continue the work that we did as a board when I was Councilman for two terms. We need to continue in growing our commercial corridors to offset the homeowners tax burden. This will also provide goods and services that our residents often have to leave the town for. We need to seize any opportunity that may help our community market our rail trail and Walkway exposure, which in turn will help to stimulate our downtown businesses. Lloyd is the hub of our region, providing access to all there is to offer, including our agri-tourism business in and around our community. We need to correct the morale issue among our town employees. We have lost many good people that cared about our community due to issues surrounding some of the members of this current board.”
Paladino has an agricultural and retail business background.
“I’m directly familiar with the issues and challenges facing them. I also have been involved with real estate for the better part of my career and understanding the processes that a project will encounter. I have negotiated four labor contracts in my term as councilman, worked directly with Scenic Hudson to help create our Gateway Zone, helped oversee our annual budgets and was an active participant for the departments for which I was a liaison for. I have an eight year track record as Councilman and assistant Supervisor for which I have to stand by.”
Paladino described the top three issues facing the town: proper growth that will need help and guidance through the process; continued support to grow community events that will in turn benefit the town’s rail trial and the walkway and gateways zones along with the downtown district. He said overall morale among town personal needs to be supported with better leadership from the Town Board, citing his motto of, “People over Politics,” that is of paramount importance to him.
Democrat Fred Pizzuto is a member of the Independence Party and will appear on the Democratic and Conservative lines on the ballot.
After having served on the Planning Board, “I have been hit by the realization that we are facing a monumental explosion of growth in Lloyd with 3 major subdivisions and at least 3 commercial/residential projects as well.”
Pizzuto said it is time that Lloyd had a full-time Supervisor.
“I am retired and look forward to being exactly that,” he said. “I will be in the Town Hall every day, with an open door to all town employees who want to talk about better, easier, faster ways to keep the town government working for the residents.”
Pizzuto is a fourth generation Highland resident and has previously served on the Lloyd Town Board and its Revolving Loan Fund Committee. When he lived on the eastern side of the Hudson River for a period of time, Pizzuto served in the Dutchess County Legislature and was a member of their budget, finance and personnel committees. He is a certified mortgage banker and earned certification as a financial planner from Marist College.
Pizzuto favors smart growth and pointed out that Lloyd is presently facing an increase of 800 new beds, mixed use buildings, a hotel and a stand alone Urgent Care facility, “all within 1,000 feet of the Mid Hudson Bridge and Walgreens on Route 9W.” He said the collective impact necessitates an update of the town’s Comprehensive Master Plan and a review of the town code, “to make sure we all do the right thing.”
Pizzuto said he is uniquely qualified for the position of Town Supervisor.
“No one else has a background as extensive as I do in the financial side, public administration and personnel management,” he said. “It is not about politics, it’s about people. Let’s all move forward into what looks like an exciting venture into the future for the Town of Lloyd.”