Town Board Candidate Forum Monday

Cathy Sapeta cancels after accepting invitation

By Kevin E. Foley

The Haldane school music room will be the setting for the Paper forum for the upcoming election for two Town Board seats at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7. The event will feature a free-wheeling discussion of the issues facing the town, moderated by publisher Gordon Stewart.

Richard Shea, running unopposed for town supervisor, will participate in the forum, which will also feature questions from the audience.

Shea will be followed by his Democratic running mates John Van Tassel and Michael Leonard, as well as Republican/Conservative candidate Lee Erickson, all of whom are running for two open board, or council seats.

Although all the candidates had accepted invitations to the forum before ads and posters were printed, one has apparently had a change of heart or at least a change of appointments. Conservative Party candidate Cathy Sapeta originally replied to Stewart’s emailed invitation with her own email on Sept. 26: “I am delighted to accept your invitation. I look forward to meeting you,” she wrote.

A week later Sapeta, in a new email with subject line re: the forum, dated Oct. 2, wrote: “I have a previous commitment, which I cannot change. If there is a new update I will call you.”

A phone call to the number she supplied for contact purposes went unreturned.

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