Pictured from left are Dominick Pangallo, Russell Lura and Jennifer Servedio.

(Hamilton, NY) The Village of Hamilton Democratic Caucus in early May nominated candidates for all three Village Trustee openings to be elected on June 19, 2012. On the Democratic line on the ballot, with the party symbol of a star, will be Russell Lura, Jennifer Servedio, and Dominick Pangallo. These candidates also chose to have an independent party line named “Community” and have submitted sufficient signatures on petitions for that party, which is symbolized on the ballot by an umbrella.

Two of the three trustee openings are for two-year terms. Lura and Servedio are nominated for these positions both by the Democrats and by the Community Party.

Lura has served on the Board of Trustees for one term and seeks re-election. He is an unaffiliated/independent voter who has lived in the village 31 years; his wife Sally is a retired Hamilton Central School teacher. He worked as Madison County Planning Department director for 21 years, responsible for planning, economic and community development and environmental affairs. He then served as Madison County’s first county administrator; he was budget officer for two years and responsible for putting together and administering a $110 million annual budget.

He continues to serve on the Madison County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors. Lura retired from the county in 2008 and was elected to the Hamilton Village Board in 2010. Besides carrying the many responsibilities of a trustee, he is the president of the board of Madison Lane Senior Housing and is a volunteer and board member for the Hamilton Food Cupboard.

Servedio moved to Hamilton with her husband Frank and their son Matthew in 1995. She has been employed at Colgate since 1999 and is now a senior network and systems administrator. She was employed by the Bank of Utica from July 1997 through November 1999. She earned an associate’s degree in computer information systems from Morrisville State College in 1997 and a bachelor of technology in network administration there in 2006.

Servedio serves as president of the Hamilton Lions Club, the first female Lion inducted in the local club in 2001. She has been a zone coordinator for the Lions since 2010, as well as trustee for the Lions Project for Canine Companions for Independence since 2011. Since 2002, she has been coordinator for the American Red Cross Blood Drive in Hamilton.

In addition, since 2009, Servedio has worked with the Salvation Army Red Kettle collection in Hamilton.

There also is a one-year vacancy on the Board of Trustees created by Anne Clauss’ move away from the village. This spring, Mayor Margaret Miller appointed Dominick Pangallo to fill Clauss’ seat until the election. Pangallo, who works as the marketing and development coordinator for the Partnership for Community Development, is running without opposition for the one-year vacancy.

He is a director at the Palace Theater and was recently appointed to the Chenango Nursery School Board of Directors, having served on the Parents Advisory Committee there previously. He is also a member of the Hamilton Central School’s Community Advisory Committee for the Reorganization Feasibility Study. Pangallo and his wife Kristin have a 2-year-old daughter.

By martha

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