2012-05-09 / Civics and Politics

Legislative Race Heats Up

Two vie to replace Tamagna
Eric Gross

The calendar may read the middle of May, yet the heat generated by the race for the Putnam Legislative seat being vacated by Vincent Tamagna resembles a hot summer’s afternoon.

On Monday, former Philipstown Councilwoman Barbara Scuccimarra of Garrison announced her intention to seek the District No.1 seat. The seat is likely to be one of the most competitive Legislative races in some time.

Scuccimarra, a Republican, is the second person to run for the District 1 post. Steve Rosario, a 24-year resident of Garrison and a former Philipstown councilman, earlier this month announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket. If Rosario wins, he would be only the second Democrat on the Legislature. Philipstown trends Democrat, especially in recent years, though incumbent Tamagna, a Republican, clearly won race in and race out. With him departing, though, and Philipstown’s Democratic record, the seat’s clearly in play.

Scuccimarra’s announcement came in front of the Putnam Office Building in downtown Carmel with several elected and appointed officials by her side.

Scuccimarra said her experience both on the Philipstown Town Board as well as the Committee on Fiscal Vision and Accountability and the Butterfield Hospital Committee have given her the needed experience necessary to fill the shoes of outgoing Legislator Tamagna: “One of my greatest strengths is a working relationship with residents on both sides of our county. When elected, I plan to continue expanding and nurturing these relationships to improve our local towns and villages.”

Scuccimarra told Monday’s gathering: “Taxes and spending must be kept in check. Services must be maintained and improved. The natural beauty of our environment must be protected in a balanced and efficient way.”

For his part, Rosario promised to have the entire Philipstown area – Cold Spring, Nelsonville, Continental Village, Garrison, North Highlands, as well as Putnam Valley – “equally and fully represented by county government. My campaign will be based on the issues, the qualifications of the candidates and the ideas that can best serve our residents.”

Both the Philipstown and Putnam Valley Democratic Committees have endorsed Rosario's candidacy.

Tamagna, who is stepping down at the end of the year after serving his constituents for the past 18 years, endorsed Scuccimarra’s candidacy: “Barbara understands the issues for western Putnam and already has a great network of support countywide.”

Philipstown Town Clerk Tina Merando called Scuccimarra a “great lady. She is dedicated, a hard worker and listens to her constituency. Her election will greatly benefit us all.”



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