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Rinaldi, 75, will seek re-election as mayor

North Collins' first female mayor and the village's oldest said she plans to run for re-election this spring.

Dolores Rinaldi made North Collins history when former Mayor Mark Rivers resigned in October 2004 before moving from the village. Then 72, Rinaldi accepted a board appointment to complete his term and in March 2005 won a two-year term.

Now 75, Rinaldi said during a Village Board meeting Tuesday that she enjoys the challenge of being mayor and, if re-elected, plans to continue her efforts to bring prosperity to the village.

"If elected, I will continue working to bring more progress into the village and encourage more business and tourism," she said. " We are small, and we need to blow our horn a little louder."

Rinaldi said she feels her biggest accomplishments as mayor include the refurbished Gurney Avenue bridge as well as participation in regional organizations of officials.

So far, she has no challengers. Petitions are being accepted in the village office until Feb. 13. The mayor's post is the only race on the ballot.

Voting will be from noon to 9 p.m. March 20 in Village Hall. Residents must register directly with the Board of Elections if they are interested in voting.

The board also:

* Appointed Corinne Leone, Mary Ann Gabel and Connie Kender as election inspectors for the upcoming village election.

* Approved a contract appointing Peter Loretto Jr. as a part-time consultant to the Department of Public Works.
* Reappointed Ronald Reid as dog control officer. The village contracts his services through the Town of North Collins.
* Announced the next Village Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Village Hall.

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