Bevilacqua wins GOP, conservative backing

SARANAC LAKE – Bob Bevilacqua was endorsed by the town of Harrietstown’s Republican and Conservative party caucuses Tuesday night in his re-election bid for town supervisor.

Bevilacqua, who owns Carcuzzi Car Care Center on Lake Flower Avenue, is currently serving a one-year term, which he was elected to following last year’s resignation of former supervisor Larry Miller. A full four-year supervisor term will be on the ballot in November.

Bevilacqua defeated Democrat Tom Catillaz last year to win the town’s top post. Prior to that, Bevilacqua served as a town councilman from 2007 to 2012.

Harrietstown Republican Committee Chairman Joe Spadaro said no one else expressed interest in running for town supervisor at his party’s caucus, which was held in the Harrietstown Town Hall.

Spadaro said four people put in their names for three available town board seats: a pair of four-year terms currently held by Ron Keough and Barry DeFuria, and Bevilacqua’s unexpired two-year town council seat, which is currently held by Jim Murnane. The four candidates who had expressed interest were Keough, DeFuria, former Deputy Town Clerk Patricia Meagher and former Franklin County Legislator Gerry Gillmett, who is registered with the Independence Party.

Spadaro said the caucus took a vote, and the endorsements for the three town council positions went to the top three vote getters. Keough and Meagher won the caucus’ backing for the two four-year positions, and DeFuria took the endorsement for the two-year post.

The GOP caucus also endorsed town Clerk Patricia Gillmett and Highway Superintendent Craig Donaldson in their re-election bids. There were no candidates interested in running for a four-year town justice position Tuesday night, Spadaro said, so the caucus was recessed until Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. at the town hall “to give us time to find someone.”

A total of 42 people attended the GOP caucus, Spadaro said.

The Harrietstown Conservative Caucus, held later Tuesday night, endorsed the same slate of candidates as the Republicans, except for the two-year town council seat, which went to Gerald Gillmett over DeFuria, according to Franklin County Conservative Party Chairman Robert White. No one came forward to run for the town justice position, he said. Only four enrolled Harrietstown Conservatives attended the caucus, White said.

The Harrietstown Democratic Committee will hold its caucus at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac?Lake.