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Write-In Candidate To Run For Croton Trustee

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - Retired Croton resident Virginia Calcutti announced her candidacy Thursday as a write-in candidate for Croton trustee, giving Croton residents a third option for the two open board of trustees seats, after an unprecedented three-way Democratic primary in Croton's first-ever fall electoral season.

"I'm tired of the overspending," Calcutti said. "I'm tired of our residents not being heard. I'm tired of not getting answers to their questions. I want to improve, if possible, our leadership, and I want accountability for that leadership. Oh my God, there's a whole bunch of things."

Calcutti said she will be having a flyer out real soon with her positions, which include reducing taxes.

The 74-year-old retiree worked as a secretary at Croton-Harmon High School for 24 years. For the last two years, she's been a faithful attendee of board meetings, "unless I'm sick," she said.

Calcutti said she will not run under a particular party line, but is running with the support of a bipartisan committee.

"I am a registered Democrat, slash independent thinker," she said. "I don't always vote my party. I vote for who's going to do the job for me. We do a lot of needless spending; I want to cut out these consultants that we're spending a lot of money for all the time."

Other Croton electoral surprises included the announcement by the Croton Republican Committee that no candidates would be endorsed in 2012 , and that incumbent Trustee Greg Schmidt would not seek reelection .