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.
Photo by Andy Flynn.
Saranac Lake 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.