continued According to Binder, change needs to start within the community, something she hopes to enact.
“I want to get out there and be part of the new generation, and be involved to get people more people involved in the community,” Binder said. “You have to get involved in order to make an impact.”
Riviello, a write-in candidate for this election, said that being an independent candidate is one of the greatest assets to her campaign.
“I think it’s important to have an independent voice and someone who’s not from here,” Riviello said. “The politics here usually involve families that have been here for generations, and I don’t have any of those connections. I think that’s one of the reasons I was elected as town justice—people like having somebody completely independent.”
Riviello said “a fair budget that allows for the needed services of the town” is the biggest issue facing Thurman right now.
“Right now, the way the budget looks, there are things that are absolutely unnecessary, and those are being held up as more important than the services to the town,” Riviello said.
She credits her current position as town justice with being instrumental in helping her see what needs to be done in Thurman.
“I think my four years as town justice has made me very aware of some of the problems and possibilities of this town. Plus, I live here and I love the community and I love my neighbors, and I think that as long as I’m here I’m going to try to contribute something.”