Puglisi is endorsing Debbie Carter-Costello and Seth Freach as Ann Lindau-Martin and John Sloan's terms expire. Neither is seeking reelection.
“With two of our board members retiring, Cortlandt needs Debbie Carter-Costello and Seth Freach to take their place," Puglisi said in a statement. "They will use their experience and dedication to maintain the effective government that we have worked so hard to build over the years. With Debbie and Seth on the Council, we will keep taxes low and create smart business growth for our town's future."
Brian Pugh and Domenic Volpe are also running. The pair won endorsements from the Working Families Party and the Independence Party. They plan to face off against Carter-Costello and Freach in next month's primary.
Here's some additional information, as provided by a press release announcing Puglisi's endorsements:
Supervisor Puglisi, who has served as Town Supervisor for the past 21 years, is widely considered one of the most popular elected leaders in Westchester County. Indeed, this year the Cortlandt Republicans chose not to run a candidate against her, citing her popularity as the chief reason. In 2009, Puglisi won a Democratic primary with 88-percent of the vote and then went on to win the general election with nearly 70-percent of the vote.
Carter-Costello and Freach also have the support of current Town Council members Frank Farrell and Dr. Richard Becker. Cortlandt Democratic Chair John McBride said that the unanimity of support of the current Supervisor and Town Council members demonstrated the quality of the two candidates. McBride added: “Supervisor Puglisi has a long track record of success and this endorsement really is a game changer. Linda’s support of Seth Freach and Debbie Carter-Costello is going to be critical to voters and really speaks to the fact that this is the team that has the skills and experience Cortlandt will need going forward.”
Seth Freach responded: “Supervisor Puglisi is the model of what good government looks like, an elected representative who puts people and community first. It will be an honor to serve with her. I am grateful and excited to know that she feels my experience and dedication to Cortlandt will be an asset as we continue years of good work and build Cortlandt’s future.”
Debbie Carter-Costello commented: "I’m honored to have the endorsement of Supervisor Linda Puglisi and the Town Board members. Linda and her team have done an excellent job at keeping taxes low, and supporting our seniors, youth, and veterans. I’m very excited to have this opportunity to run with the Puglisi Team and look forward to serving the Town of Cortlandt as the next Town Councilwoman.”The primary election will be on Tuesday, September 10. All registered Town of Cortlandt Democrats are encouraged to participate.