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Former trustees vie for Sackets Harbor mayor


SACKETS HARBOR — With village Mayor F. Eric Constance planning not to seek re-election at the end of his term this year, a pair of candidates has emerged to run for his position.

Mr. Constance has said he will not run, most recently making the statement at Wednesday night’s village Planning Board meeting. The candidates known to be vying for the position are Republican Vincent J. Battista III and Democrat Mark A. Pacilio.

Mr. Battista is nearing the end of his first four-year term on the Hounsfield Town Council. Before that, he served as a village trustee from 2007 to 2009. He also holds a seat on the Sackets Harbor Fire Company’s board of directors.

“I feel it’s my civic duty,” he said. “I’m proud of the village and how it’s been run, and I’m looking for ways to continue to improve its standing in the area and the state.”

Saying his time as a town councilman gave him insight into the area’s businesses, Mr. Battista said he wants to expand the village’s business outlook.

In 2011, Mr. Battista lost by 46 votes to Timothy W. Scee Jr. in the town supervisor’s race.

Mr. Battista said Friday that five village mayors endorsed his run for office in the past few weeks: Mr. Constance and former Mayors Jon P. Constance, John W. Deans, Michael D. Hoagland and Jean H. Derouin.

Mr. Pacilio, who serves as chief of staff for state Assemblywoman Addie J. Russell, D-Theresa, previously served two terms as village trustee, including one as deputy mayor, and was also president of the village Chamber of Commerce and Sackets Harbor Foundation.

Mr. Pacilio said he considered running during his time as chairman of the chamber’s economic development committee in the past year and a half, which he said gave him a strong insight into developing business in the village.

As a trustee from 2003 to 2007, Mr. Pacilio said, he helped the board develop the village’s sewage treatment plant, and the village found savings during that project that avoided large tax increases.

“When many villages are seeking help because all of their funds are almost dry, I feel we’re in good shape,” Mr. Pacilio said.

Another focus for his campaign is transparency in the village’s government.

“Sometimes it’s in the small details, but we need to make sure citizens know what is going on in every part of our government,” he said.

Mr. Pacilio said his time on the road in his job had helped him develop connections with agencies across the state.

“They’re really critical when you’re dealing with issues and some kind of problem pops up,” he said.

The candidates said they respected each other and their differences were in policy and not personal.

Terms of two Board of Trustees seats, held by Peter R. Daly and Daniel E. Frechette, will also conclude at year’s end. Mr. Daly and Mr. Frechette are seeking re-election, and they face challenges from Cheryl M. Payne, former village Chamber of Commerce president, and Corey J. Lawler of Lawler Realty, which owns multiple properties at Madison Barracks.

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