2 Democrats elected in Albion
Residents return Peter Sidari, welcome newcomer Mattea Navarra-Molisani to Village Board
ALBION – Village residents re-elected Peter Sidari to a four-year term on the Village Board today, and also picked a political newcomer, Mattea Navarra-Molisani, for the board.
The two were endorsed by the Democratic Party. Gary Katsanis was the lone Republican candidate. He has served on the board for two years. He received 109 votes and wasn’t re-elected. Sidari had the most votes, 174, followed by Navarra-Molisani, 133.
The new terms start on April 1.
Sidari, 55, works as a fire safety educator for the North Greece Fire District. He said the current board has been a good team moving along projects, including a solar installation at the sewer and water plants.
“There will be huge savings for us,” he said. “We need to think about long-term.”
He praised village department heads for pushing shared services with the Village of Holley and Village of Elba. Albion personnel run Holley and Elba’s sewer plants, and Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni also leads Holley’s Police Department.
Sidari said the board needs to back projects that will bring in revenue for the village and ones that will reduce costs.
“We’re revenue stricken,” he said at the Village Hall tonight after the votes were counted.
Sidari praised Katsanis for his dedication the past two years on the board.
“He is a workhorse,” Sidari said. “He took on a lot of the problems during the day.”
Katsanis, 57, is retired after working in medical data analysis for Strong and then Blue Cross. He managed a staff that stretched from Buffalo to Utica. He said he brought an analytical approach to village business.
He was the village liaison to the Albion Town Board, a local development corporation, the Albion Merchants Association, and the Energize Albion group. Katsanis said he will stay active in the community, but will hand off his village capacities.
Navarra-Molisani, 40, has worked 11 years for Claims Recovery Financial Services. She is currently a claims operation manager. She is familiar with Housing and Urban Development regulations and thinks that federal department could bring resources into the village.
She said she would bring an attention to detail and a new perspective to the board.
Sidari has known her since she was a young child.
“I think she is up for the challenge,” Sidari said.