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Hastings GOP Chair Urges Locals to Run as Independents

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – With the caucuses for both the Hastings Republicans and Democrats completed, now begins the final stretch until the village election on Tuesday, March 20 at the Hastings community center.

The Hastings Democrats nominated two candidates for the two open spots on the board of trustees, former trustee Marge Apel and current trustee Nicola Armacost.  The Democrats also nominated Joseph DiSalvo for reelection as village justice.  The Hastings Republicans did not have any candidates step forward for the election, but that has not discouraged chairperson Tim Hays, who said he is looking for new faces to take a seat on the board of trustees.

“We had a good, enthusiastic discussion, a vigorous discussion,” he said of the caucus.  “Do we want the person that served us from 2001-2007 to serve us from 2012-2014?  Let the voters decide,” he said referencing Apel as the former trustee.

Hastings Republican vice-chairperson Bob Wilt echoed similar statements and said he would like to see a new face on the board regardless of party.

“Diversity on the board is a good thing,” Wilt said.  “That’s how things happen.  That’s how change happens.”

Hays said Republicans are not as well represented in Hastings, which can make it difficult to get a new face in elections.

“We’re now closer to 4-1 Democrats to Republicans,” he said of the village board.  “So many of us have other commitments that don’t allow us to get involved in village politics.”

Even Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski, who was a nominator at the Democratic caucus, told members of the Republican committee he would like to see a contested race.

“I hope you guys make the election interesting,” Swiderski said.

While no candidates were nominated by the Republicans, there is still an opportunity for interested residents to run as an Independent.  The deadline is Feb. 14 for interested candidates to file as an Independent candidate.

While he said being a village trustee is oftentimes a thankless position, Hastings resident Stephen Shryock encouraged anyone interested to run and said it is a worthwhile position for a serious candidate.

“Some people will come out and throw stones, but many people will come out and give you a pat on the back,” he said.

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