In January Dave Zambito was appointed as Marlboro Town Councilman to finish the term of Scott Corcoran, who defeated Al Lanzetta last November for the position of Supervisor. Zambito is now running for the seat in his own right.
“Reluctantly, I said I’d take the appointment and see how it works out,” Zambito said. “Sometimes the phone calls start at six in the morning and it doesn’t end till 10 at night.”
Zambito previously served on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals for 14 years, which he said only meets once a month and is not that busy a board but knew being a member of the Town Board would be more time consuming.
Zambito said after the first month he found that his fellow council members, “make it very enjoyable and they make it very easy. The five of us keep in contact with a mass text and we notify each other of things going on. Everybody is on the same page and everybody wants to move in basically the same direction and it just flows.”
Zambito said this cleared up any lingering doubts he may have had about running for town councilman this November.
“So far I got the support of the Republican and Conservative parties,” he said, adding that, “if there is a Democrat running, I guess I’ll put a sign up and that will be my campaign.”
Zambito described his campaign strategy, very simply, “If you don’t like me, vote somebody else in. I do this because I enjoy it, I sure don’t do it for the money because there’s no money in it. I do a lot for the community as I have for the past 30 years behind the scenes.” He said when asked, he has always donated his time for various projects in town, “and I continue to do it; it’s nothing I haven’t done since I was 25 years old.”
Zambito was born and raised in Marlborough and has run a landscaping business in town for forty years.
“I own a lot of properties and a building in the middle of town. I pay a lot of taxes so I want to keep control of what’s going on too. I like to see what’s what because I’m vested in the town,” he said.
As far as his political career he says, “As long as the public wants me, I’m here.”
In looking ahead, Zambito said he will work to complete the ongoing renovation of the TOMVAC building and perhaps build a gazebo at the dog park. He noted that Howard Baker had secured a grant to plant eleven, 12 foot trees around town that are native to the area.
“I donated planting them and Howard put in a lot of time getting the grant,” he said. “We put two on Route 9W on the old library property. We put two on Bloom Street on the corner with the library. We put three on West Street in front of the Presbyterian Church, one on Grand Street and three on Sands Avenue at the dog park. It didn’t cost us anything.”
Zambito has long ties to the community and expects that one day he will be buried here.
“If you want somebody to represent the town, not to blow my own horn, but I’m here and I am not going anywhere,” he said. “As long as I’m doing the job and people are happy, they’ll keep me but if they’re unhappy then there are no hard feelings, I move on. I’m not a big campaigner but you can find me down at the deli in the morning if anybody wants to speak with me. I’ll give you my cell phone number, I’m easy to reach but in a few months you won’t find me going from door to door handing out pamphlets. I can’t stand it when I was on the other end and I’m not going to put people under that.”