Four vie for two seats on Scotia village board

He also wants to keep up with the street-paving schedule in the village by working collaboratively with Schenectady County.

"For the first time ever, we have a two year paving plan, and we can do better," said Benny.

Benny said he would never vote to increase taxes and would also make street paving, absentee landlords and the condition of Mohawk Avenue priorities.

Benny lives on Fifth Street with his wife, Mary. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Carpenter, 55, has been on the Board of Trustees since 2004. She has also served on the park board and has a long family tradition of service in the Scotia Fire Department. She works as a preschool teacher at The Scotia Methodist Co-op Nursery School and is a graduate of Hudson Valley Community College.

Carpenter said she does not support outsourcing fire management, and she is confident that when a new fire chief is appointed, he or she will be able to properly manage overtime and staffing.

One major component of her platform is to stabilize the shoreline of the Mohawk River at Freedom Park in the village. She has been actively involved with environmental issues, and said she would like to continue a number of current projects in that area.

"Looking at quality-of-life issues is, of course, something I feel strongly about," said Carpenter.

Carpenter lives with her husband, John, on First Street. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. ""

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