Tom Catillaz (D), left, congratulates Bob Bevilacqua (R) on winning the Harrietstown supervisor race Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Harrietstown Town Hall. The unofficial vote was 1,105-819.
Bob Bevilacqua (R) won the election for Harrietstown town supervisor against Tom Catillaz (D) Tuesday, Nov. 6 with an unofficial vote of 1,105-819, according to election officials at the Town Hall.
Bevilacqua fills the one-year unexpired term of former Supervisor Larry Miller, who resigned in the spring. At this time, he plans to run for re-election in the fall of 2013.
“It was a good campaign,” Bevilacqua said. “We didn’t get sucked into any back and forth battles or anything. We just stuck to the message and I had a heck of a team behind me … and I think that’s how I came out on top.”
As soon as the vote is certified, Bevilacqua will take office, and that could happen as early as next week, just in time for the Town Board’s Nov. 15 meeting. At that time, board members can appoint a person to fill Bevilacqua’s term until next fall, when the position will be up for election to fill his two-year unexpired term.
Deputy Supervisor Barry DeFuria joked that the Nov. 15 agenda is all Bevilacqua’s. DeFuria took over the supervisor’s duties when Miller resigned in the spring and is happy to hand them over to the newly elected supervisor.
“Before I decided to run, I talked to Barry,” Bevilacaqua said. “I’m sure I’m going to need some help in the beginning to work through some of the logistics of being supervisor.”
The race for town supervisor was marked by a 10-day lull starting on Oct. 9, when Catillaz suspended active campaigning so he could deal with a serious family medical situation out of state. With a family member on his mind, there was no time or inclination to think about a campaign. The first debate scheduled for Oct. 16 was subsequently canceled.
Even after the announcement, Catillaz’s campaign signs remained intact around town and he stayed on the ballot while he took some time off to deal with the family crisis.
Then on Oct. 19, Catillaz jumped back into the race with enthusiasm as things on the home front had quieted down and he was ready to ramp up his campaign.
Soon after the initial results were announced at the Town Hall, Catillaz congratulated Bevilacqua.
“I think he did a very good job and he’ll do a very good job, and I wish him the best,” Catillaz said. “We will work together.”
Bob Bevilacqua is the owner of Carcuzzi Car Care Center in Saranac Lake. He spent five years on the Saranac Lake School Board, including one year as president of the board. He spent some time on the Harrietstown Board of Assessment Review. He was elected Harrietstown councilman in 2007 and again in 2011.
Tom Catillaz works at Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) Twin State in Saranac Lake. He has served 12 years on the Saranac Lake Village Board. He was first elected as a trustee in 1996, re-elected in 1998 and then elected mayor in 1999, serving a total of seven years at the helm of the village, deciding not to run in 2006. He was again elected as a trustee in 2010.
Catillaz said it’s too soon to know whether he’ll run for supervisor again in 2013.
“It’s a long way away,” Catillaz said. “No commitment now. I’m still reeling from this. I’m exhausted.”