Linskey, Casarella bowing out

First Posted: 3/15/2013

The two men who ran together and won as independents in 2009 for seats on the Wyoming Area School Board will not be seeking re-election.

One-term board member Frank Casarella of West Wyoming and longtime board member Gil Dominick of Wyoming are not running.

“I tried to make a difference,” Casarella said on Friday. “I hope I did.”

Casarella, who ran as an independent but is now a Democrat, served as president of the board last year. He cites work repairing the Montgomery Avenue Elementary School after the 2011 as something he’s proud of.

“That project could have dipped into our fund balance to the tune of $700,000, $800,000,” Casarella said. “We were able to secure money from PEMA and FEMA. All that with minimal disruption to the students.”

He said other highlights of his term include passing an anti-nepotism policy, refinancing a bond for almost $100,000, a new roof on the high school for $1.1 million and a loan to renovate the Montgomery Avenue Elementary for $2 million, at a record low interest. He said he also helped cut expenditures without replacing personnel, without closing a school and without any furloughs of teachers.

Casarella is a longtime Wyoming Area employee and was the assistant superintendent at the time of his retirement.

Dominick, of Wyoming, formerly operated his family business, Gina’s Pizza, until his retirement. He formerly served as president of the Wyoming Area School Board and was a member of West Side Vo-tech School Board.

Four seats are open on the board this election cycle. Seeking re-election are Board President John Bolin and board member John Marianacci. Also seeking seats are Toni Valenti, Ree Ree Deluca, Nick DeAngelo, Jerry Stofko, John Bonin, Michael Brown and Kimberly Yochem. All candidates are cross-filed on the Democratic and Republican tickets.

In Pittston Area, four seats are open.

Board Member Bob Linskey is not seeking another term. His is instead running for a seat on the Jenkins Township Board of Supervisors. Linskey has been a vocal opponent of the majority on the Pittston Area School Board.

Board member Bruck Knick, Marilyn Starna and R. Kent Bratlee, who took a seat on the board after board member Ross Latona resigned last year, are on the ballot. Bratlee serves at the board’s vice president. Also seeking seats are Vito Quaglia, Marty Quinn, Roseanne Ricotta and John Adonizio.

Nobody’s name will appear on the ballot for the mayor’s seat in tiny borough of Yatesville in the May primary.

Mayor Vince Tossi’s seat is on the Luzerne County list to be on the ballot. He said he was under the assumption he had an additional year and a half on his term.

Luzerne County Election director Marisa Crispell-Barber said the seat was on the ballot in 2011 to fill the unexpired term of former Mayor Joseph Chiumento, who resigned in 2010.

Crispell-Barber said all Tossi needs is 10 write-in votes in the May Primary to get on the ballot for the General Election in November.

Also running in Yatesville for three council seats are Democrats Anthony J. Rostock and Anthony Russo and Republican Theresa Ritz Mulesky.

In Pittston City, first-term mayor Jason Klush, 36, will face competition for the Democratic slot in the May Primary from downtown bar owner Gene Rooney, 58. The winner of that race will face Republican Don Yatko in November.

Two council seats are up for grabs an only one incumbent is running, Attorney Michael Lombardo. Running with Lombardo and Klush is former Councilman Ken Bangs. Also running is Democrat Barb Zangre. Councilman Joe Chernouskas is not seeking a second term.

Democrat City Controller Chris Latona is running unopposed for re-election. This is the last election his seat will be on the ballot. The home rule measure passed last year eliminates the position.

In Avoca, Democratic Mayor Bob Mullen is seeking another term. Council seats in Avoca represent separate wards. In Ward 1, Democrat Tom Fritz is running unopposed and one other seat in the ward is on the ballot. In Ward 2, Democrats Thomas Goul and John D. Boone are running unopposed for the two available seats. In Ward 3, Joseph Satkowski and Maryann Tigue are running for a 2-year seat and a 4-year seat. Democrat Therese Wrubel is running unopposed for tax collector.

In Dupont, Mayor Dan Lello, a Democrat, is running unopposed. Five Democrats are seeking three spots on the ballot. They are incumbents Bernard J. Zielinski, Mark Kowalczyk and council president Stanley Knick Jr. Also running are Pina Hansen and Paul Houdy Shell. Democrat Joy Tetlak-Adelstein is running unopposed for tax collector after longtime official William “Billy” Elko decided not to run.

In Duryea, Democratic Mayor Keith Moss is seeking another term and will run unopposed. Eight Democrats are seeking four seats on council. Incumbents Joan M. Orloski, Frank Groblewski, Mike McGlynn and Council President Audrey Collier Marcinko are seeking another term. Also running are Edward Ameika, Sean Shay, Valerie A. Olszewski and Jimmy Balchune. Democrat Martin Hanczyc is running unopposed for tax collector.

In Exeter, Democratic Mayor Cassandra Coleman is running unopposed. Five people are seeking three seats on Exeter Council: Thomas Shannon, Rick Turner, Mark Casper, Betty Ann DeRoberto and Joseph Pizano. Democratic tax collector Thomas Polachek is running unopposed.

In Exeter Township, three are running for one supervisor seat. Democrat Neil S. Williams, Republican John Coolbaugh and Donald B. Kreseski, whose political party is not listed.

In Hughestown, longtime Mayor Paul Hindmarsh is not seeking re-election. Democratic Councilman Wayne Quick is running unopposed to fill the seat. Four Democrats are running to fill four seats. They are Barbara Gatto, David Stefanoski, Robert Gable and Marie Griglock.

In Jenkins Township, Incumbent Supervisor Coreen A. Milazzo will face fellow Democrat Bob Linskey for the one available seat on the board. Democrat Jean Mudlock will run unopposed for tax collector.

In Laflin, two Republicans, Anthony E. D’Eliseo Sr. and Carl Yastremski are running unopposed for two seats on council. Democrat Charles T. Boyd Jr. is running unopposed for tax collector.

In Pittston Township, five Democrats are seeking one seat on the Board of Supervisors. Filed to run are Ron Bruno Marcellini, Barbara Attardo, Carmen Timonte, David Kaminski and Michael A. Savokinas. The winner will face Republican Dominick Pepe in November. Democrat Paul Joseph Menichello is running unopposed for auditor and Democrat Rita Timonte is running unopposed for tax collector.

In West Pittston, Democratic Mayor Tony Denisco will run unopposed. Four Republicans are seeking four council seats. They are Brian Thornton, Peter Musinski, Barry Hosier and Barry Stankus. Republican George L. Miller is running unopposed for tax collector.

In West Wyoming, Democratic Mayor Joseph T. Herbert will run unopposed. Five Democrats are seeking three seats on council. They are Walter J. Stevens Jr., Michael J. Dolan II, Gloria Bubblo, Ralph R. Confletti and Daniel Grescavage. Democrat Robert F. Connors is running unopposed for tax collector.

In Wyoming, Democratic Mayor Bob Boyer and Democratic Tax Collector Paul J. Konopka are both running unopposed. Wyoming elects members of council by wards and each of the three wards has one candidate running. In Ward 1, Democrat Michael Flynn is running unopposed; in Ward 2 Democrat Diane Smiles is running unopposed; in Ward 3 Republican Michael Baloga is running unopposed.

For the Pittston magisterial district judge seat, eight people have announced their candidacies.

Cross-filed candidates include Arthur Bobbouine of Pittston, Alexandra Kokura of Dupont, Girard Mecadon of Jenkins Township, James O’Brien of Pittston, Len Sanguedolce of Pittston and Mark Singer of Pittston. Two candidates, Quiana Murphy Lehman and Jeffrey C. Kulick, both of Pittston, will appear on the Democratic ballot only.

The magisterial district will be larger next year, as the state Supreme Court last month expanded it by adding the townships of Jenkins and Pittston, and Yatesville Borough to the city of Pittston and the boroughs of Avoca, Dupont, Duryea and Hughestown. Realignment of the district takes effect on June 1.

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