CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Two seats on the Cortlandt Town Board are up for grabs on Election Day.
Incumbent Democrats Francis Farrell and Richard Becker are being opposed by Republicans Lisa Marie Birdsall and Martin Mastromonaco.
Supervisor Linda Puglisi, a Democrat, is running unopposed.
Becker is running for a third term. Becker, who serves as Vice-President Physician Administrator at Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, was previously a cardiologist at Hudson Valley Hospital Center for 20 years.
"We are working to keep taxes low," Becker said. "We have the best record of any town anywhere, we have almost no tax increases."
Becker said he wants to maintain the semi rural character of Cortlandt and prevent over-development.
"I am very concerned about any commercial development in non-business areas," Becker said. "We're trying to maintain infrastructure without increasing taxes."
The town board works exceptionally hard for the residents of Cortlandt, Becker said.
"It's composed of people dedicated who are doing it for the right reasons," Becker said. "We're very omnipresent in the community."
Mastromonaco worked in Cortlandt for 19 years with Consulting Engineers. He said expenditures on the town board are approved by a 5-member Democratic board with no dissension.
"I will scrutinize the expenditures as an independent with the taxpayer in mind," Mastromonaco said. "We need to retire members of the town board who have been here for too long."
Mastromonaco said the board is not addressing the traffic congestion on Route 6 and Route 202 and that the town should stop buying land that diminishes in value year after year.
"I regard traffic improvements as an absolute prerequisite to any rezoning," Mastromonaco said. "I would ask for complete appraisals and marketing studies before spending another penny on land or buildings."
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