Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Mineola will have an uncontested election next month for the village board of trustees as only two candidates returned petitions to run for election.
Both Paul Pereira and Paul Cusato will run for the seats they currently occupy and will serve another two-year term on the village board, which also consists of Deputy Mayor Larry Werther, Trustee Tom Kennedy and Mayor Jack M. Martins.
The uncontested election is a far cry from years past when there would be heated elections involving two and sometimes three parties. One resident who was a perennial challenger was Sal Cataldo.
Most know Cataldo from speaking at village meetings, but for 10 consecutive years, he ran for the village board, challenging for mayor five times and trustee five times as a third party candidate.
Cataldo ran for mayor in 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1983 and ran for trustee in 1976, 1978, 1980, 1982 and 1984. He was against apathy when it came to government and decided he would get involved in the democratic process of the village election.
In 1977, when running for mayor, he was quoted in the Mineola American as saying, “I may seem to provoke controversy, but somebody has to shake up the village board.”
In 1981 while running for mayor, Calatdo endorsed having weekly village meetings and objected to giving residents only 10 minutes to speak at meetings. “Let them holler a little,” he was quoted in the Mineola American about giving speakers at meetings more time.
Cataldo had been going to meetings for 38 years. However, he stopped this past October after the village board adopted new rules governing the meetings. The rules include residents speaking only on issues pertinent to the Village of Mineola for a period of five minutes per issue.
Cataldo is current the commander of the Mineola American Legion Memorial Post #349.