Three run for Thurman Town Board seat

Candidate Information

Lisa-Marie Binder

Party: Independent

Age: 43

Education: Some college for business management and hotel/restaurant management

Professions: 25 years of restaurant management

Experience: Business experience in running multi-million-dollar restaurants

Family: Husband, David; four sons, Jack, Madison, James, Jayden

Filomena Riviello

Party: Independent

Age: 54

Education: Masters in theater from City University of New York

Professions: Thurman Town Justice; current assistant librarian at Johnsburg Library; teaches workshops, directs and acts for local theater companies; former theater professor at SUNY Adirondack; office manager for several large companies in NYC; licensed tour guide for NYC

Experience: Current Thurman Town Justice

Family: Single

— Three candidates are hoping to take a vacant seat on the Thurman Town Board.

The seat is currently held by Bob Hitchcock, who took over the position for his wife, Rebecca, who died last May.

The election is for a one-year term on the board and will be subject to another election in 2013.

Lisa-Marie Binder, Gail Seaman and Filomena Riviello, who is serving as Thurman Town Justice through Dec. 31, are competing for the seat.

Sheila Flanagan is the write-in candidate for town justice to succeed Riviello.

Binder and Riviello both said they would bring something new to the town board if elected.

Seaman and Flanagan could not be reached for this story.

Lisa-Marie Binder

Binder said her inspiration to run came from a recent conversation with her father-in-law.

“I was talking to my father-in-law one day and I made a comment about the town, and he said, ‘Why don’t you just do it? Put your money where your mouth is,’” binder said. “I’m hoping I can put myself out there and make a change for the community.”

After running several million-dollar restaurants, Binder thinks she has the skills to serve as a town board member.

“I think the most staff members I’ve had at one time was 150-200,” Binder said. “I always tried to think outside the box and try to figure out what’s best for everyone involved. Honesty, courtesy and respect are three core ideologies I use in making decisions.”

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