NORTH COLLINS — Four candidates are vying for two seats on the North Collins Village Board this year, and only one is an incumbent.
Incumbent Paul Carozzi
Paul Carozzi is seeking reelection to a second, four-year term. During his time on the board, he has served as liaison to the public works department and the recent water system improvements. He is a lifelong resident of North Collins and has been employed by Karstedts Automotive Supply for the past 21 years.
Carozzi said that his first term enabled him “to see the inside of things; where the money goes and the accomplishments achieved.” He noted the near completion of the water system updates and the continued progress toward alleviating flooding problems, in the village. Carozzi said he feels a need to begin focusing on the village’s infrastructure, especially the sidewalks. “We hope to begin addressing that, this year,” he said, adding that he hopes more town and village cooperative projects can be performed.
Corinne Leone is a senior librarian employed by the state. She previously served as the director of the North Collins Public Library and helped to push for the new facility to be built. While with the library, she began the “Celebrate North Collins” annual fundraiser, which is still held, each fall. She also continues to volunteer with the library. This year, Leone was selected as the 2014 race honoree for the Susan B. Komen® Race for the Cure. She holds the records for both team and personal donations for that breast cancer organization.
A lifelong resident of North Collins, Leone said that it is her goal “to make residents happy and proud to live in North Collins and to show them progress. With forward thinking, I believe we can achieve what we set out to do.”
Although this is Kathleen “Kitty” Myers’ first attempt at public office, she has extensive government experience.
She served as the village clerk for 29 years, before exiting the position last year. She has also been the clerk for the North Collins Town Court for the past 28 years and serves as bookkeeper for the Rural Transit Corporation.
Myers is a volunteer with the Eden-North Collins Food Pantry and is a member of the North Collins Senior Citizens.
Myers said that she would “be humbled” if she were elected, and cited a need to “stay active in the community” as a reason for running. “In this limited economy, I would like to listen to the people, see what they want and find funding sources,” she added.
Mark Pagels is also a newcomer to political activity. He has worked in the law enforcement field for the past 13 years and has volunteer experience as both a paramedic and firefighter. For recreation, he said he enjoys motorcycling and is a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.
Pagels said that, for him, public works are a key concern. “We need to make sure our infrastructure is up to standards,” he said. While pushing to update village amenities, he cautioned that renewal must be done right. “Our tax base is small and we need to spend wisely,” Pagels said. “I know that, if I join the village board, we will all be held accountable for our spending.”
Village elections will be held on Tuesday, March 18.