Peekskill Republican has eye on Village Hall
By Kevin E. Foley
A recent Cold Spring resident, Barney Molloy, has decided to run for mayor of the village. A Republican with ties to the party establishment in Peekskill, Molloy has been actively moving in local Republican and civic circles in the last several months.
Early indications are that Molloy would have the organizational support of leading Republicans in his pursuit of the office. County Legislator Barbara Scuccimarra was seen over the weekend escorting Molloy around the village seeking nominating signatures required for a place on the ballot. Candidate petitions are due for filing by close of business tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12.
In addition, the Putnam County News & Recorder has run three pictures in the past few weeks of Molloy in the company of Scuccimarra, County Tourism Director Libby Pataki and Vinny Tamagna, county official and head of the local Republican committee, at various events. Pataki’s husband, George, the former New York state governor, is a former mayor of Peekskill. None of the aforementioned lives in Cold Spring.
In making his run, Molloy would oppose current trustee, and lifelong resident, J. Ralph Falloon. The election is officially non-partisan with candidates running without regular party identification.
In an email to potential supporters that has circulated around the village and was forwarded to Philipstown.info, Molloy wrote he was running because “it isn’t in anybody’s interests to have a candidate for mayor run unopposed.” Continuing he wrote: “There are [too] many unresolved issues, unmet challenges and potential opportunities here in Cold Spring for us to allow an election to come and go without at least discussing them!” He did not mention specifically to what he was referring.
Earlier in his note Molloy said he had been urged to run by others whom he has met. For himself running “is an idea I never seriously considered for a host of reasons.” He did not elaborate on those possible reasons for not running.