Gifford, 57, is no stranger to village service and even had a day named after him earlier this year in honor of his years of service to the village as a volunteer on many different fronts, including as volunteer firefighter.
Gifford said he does not support outsourcing fire management duties and believes in keeping essential services like fire and police within the village, as opposed to consolidating with neighboring municipalities.
"The needs of the village are different from the needs of other neighboring towns, and vice versa. I think we need to consolidate some areas, but not public safety," said Gifford.
Gifford is a SUNY Potsdam graduate with bachelor's degrees in psychology and physics. He works in the family title search and title insurance business. He has experience with village politics through his six years of service on the planning board.
He lives with his wife, Nancy, on Lincoln Street, where they raised their three grown children. They also have one grandchild.
Trustees Armon Benny and Carol Carpenter are hoping to serve four more years on the board. Benny and Carpenter say the issues important to them include housekeeping along Mohawk Avenue, as well as community projects that will bolster Scotia's reputation as a close-knit community.
Benny, 54, has been the most outspoken in what he's called his fight for taxpayers. He is a graduate of Union College and serves as a consultant to several companies and is the former owner of Capital Printing. He served on the planning board from 1990 to 2004 and has been an advocate for change in the way the fire department is managed.
"The main reason I want to serve again is to continue to fight for our taxpayers, especially during the hard economic times," said Benny.
Benny said he would support a strong Scotia business sector by working with the Chamber of Commerce and Metroplex to bring about improvements using the Business Enhancement Revolving Loan Fund.