On Tuesday, Nov. 7, residents of Pittsford elected two Democratic board members: Stephanie Townsend, a small business owner and adjunct professor at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher, and Kevin Beckford, a business leader who has worked for Kodak, PNC, and Rochester General.
“This is a very big change for our town,” Townsend said in a recent interview. “It’s been a very one-party board. And it has been for about 80 plus years. But one-third (of Pittsford residents) are Republican, one-third are Democrat, and one-third are Independent. That is a very different story than what the stereotype [about Pittsford] leads you to believe.”
Both expressed the importance of using their new roles to support local businesses, seniors, and young families.
“The town of Pittsford must harness the power of technology and innovation, support its small businesses, explore revenue opportunities, and develop a fair tax system that provides long-term economic security for our town and its residents,” said Beckford.
The two new board members were sworn in on Tuesday, January 2nd.