Victor town supervisor Town Supervisor John F. Marren (Republican) will seek reelection this year. Opposing him will be Councilman John Accorso (Democrat). The winner will serve a two-year term.



Victor town councilman Four candidates will vie for two open seats on the Victor Town Board, vacated by John Accorso (Democrat) who will seek the town supervisor seat, and John Palomaki, who will not seek reelection this year. Challengers are Silvio Palermo (Republican), David Tantillo (Republican), Bill Glassner (Democrat), and Mike Guinan (Democrat). The two winners will serve a four-year term.



Victor town justice There two candidates running for town justice: incumbent Edward M. Lyng, (Republican) and challenger Cyndy Rochford (Democrat). The winner will serve a four-year term.

TOWN SUPERVISOR - John Accorso

Age 65
Occupation Owner of The Distillery, Greece
Hometown Rochester
Number of years at current residence 10
Family Married with three grown children, two grandsons
Party affiliation Democrat
Incumbent or challenger Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

My first concern is doing what is best for the people of Victor and not my political party. I will bring a fresh approach to town government. I am a “doer” that strives to meet deadlines and complete all tasks early or at the least on time. I am committed to serve out my full term.       
What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

I have 33 years experience in high level public administrative positions with the city of Rochester. I have knowledge about civil service and the workings of government at all levels.  I currently own and operate my own business. For 24 years I was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, which added to my skills as a leader. I also was previously a member of the town planning board.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— Completion of the comprehensive plan and adoption of a new zoning map. Following adoption of the plan I would immediately push for a revised zoning map to properly reflect the recommendations of the comprehensive plan.
— Bringing the town in compliance with generally accepted accounting practices. I would ensure that we are compliant and would provide staff in all areas with “back ups” who could assist or complete the task if needed.
— Ensuring that we follow our hard-fought-for purchasing policy. This would include competitive bidding regardless of how long someone has held a contract or of personal relationships.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish?

I am willing to forego any pay from the town and use those funds to study and recommend changes to the structure of town government.  Such a study might produce recommendations on department consolidations or hiring a nonpartisan town manager who is familiar with government administration.

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TOWN SUPERVISOR - Jack Marren

Age 56
Occupation Town Supervisor/County Legislator
Hometown Victor
Number of years at current residence 29
Family Wife, four children and one granddaughter
Party affiliation Republican/Independence Party Endorsement
Incumbent or challenger Incumbent

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have been immersed in local government for 15 years, and am knowledgeable on issues and needs impacting both the town and the village. I have established relationships and contacts on the federal, state, and local levels to assist with Victor’s needs. I’m very open and accessible to town employees and residents and can be found at Town Hall every day from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. I am focused on residents’ needs and concerns, and the growth and support of local businesses. I have the unique skill of diffusing tense situations to reach consensus for problem resolution and results.

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have served as Victor town supervisor for three years, Village of Victor deputy mayor for two years, and in various county responsibilities such as County Board of Supervisors member.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— The traffic problem on Route 96. I am currently working with state and local government officials and surrounding towns to fix this problem through traffic light synchronization.
— The comprehensive plan will be delivered by year end and the implementation phase will begin in January 2012. This will address land use, development, and transportation issues and concerns for the town. I look forward to residents working together with us on these projects.
— The town’s finances, with a focus on the mandatory services needed to run the town and the impact of the costs for fuel, health care, and pension contributions.
If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish? In addition to all of the above items, I am working with the Department of Transportation to place a traffic light at the I-90 exit onto Route 96. The safety of our residents is my primary concern — this intersection  has a high potential for both T-bone accidents and a loss of life.

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TOWN COUNCILMAN - Bill Glasner

Age 64
Occupation Self-employed designer and craftsman of handblown art glass and glass jewelry
Hometown Victor
Number of years at current residence 24
Family Wife and daughter
Party affiliation Democrat
Incumbent or challenger Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have been successfully self-employed my entire working life, having created and managed two businesses. As a result, I am used to thinking for myself to come up with creative solutions to challenges of all kinds. Although I am running as a Democrat, I am not beholden to the party or to any special interest and think of myself as an independent free agent who will put the best interests of the people of Victor first.

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

As an original member of the comprehensive plan committee, I have substantial knowledge and understanding of the issues facing the town, a keen sensitivity to the difficulty of addressing the contrasting views and interests, and have already been working diligently to find solutions. My longtime service on the board of directors of an educational non-profit has given me additional experience in reaching consensus and working with others to solve problems.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— Dealing with the impacts of development and continuing development pressures, such as increasing school enrollment and traffic on one hand and decreasing green space and agricultural activity on the other. Adopting and implementing a sustainable, forward-thinking comprehensive plan is a crucial first step.
— Maintaining transparent government and town management  by encouraging an atmosphere of openness to the views and concerns of all parties without favoritism.
— Assuring fiscal accountability and integrity by maintaining bipartisan government through participating in it.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish?

I am interested in a new initiative that would work with county and state agencies and other private and public organizations to support, promote, and incentivize continuing agricultural activity in the town. The old farming models aren't viable anymore. Most Victor residents value our still semi-rural character so we must facilitate new models of agriculture to enable agriculture to continue and preserve this heritage.

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TOWN COUNCILMAN - Michael Guinan

Age 56
Occupation Commercial Truck and Equipment Remarketing
Hometown Victor
Number of years at current residence 25
Family Wife, three grown children, and one grandchild
Party affiliation Democrat
Incumbent or challenger Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have the benefit and privilege of being a lifetime resident and fourth generation resident of Boughton Hill Road. I have experienced Victor’s evolution, not only through my lifetime but that of my family’s involvement in the growth of our town. My father was the town supervisor for many years, as well as being elected as Ontario County Sheriff. My mother also worked for the town, and my grandfather was on the original Victor Central School board that centralized and purchased the farm that is now our VCS campus.

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

As a vice president and general manager in commercial truck and equipment corporations I have been involved in large capital budget preparation, staff and operations.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— We need a strong comprehensive plan in place that is fair for ALL residents. We have not had a new comprehensive plan in place since 1995 but our population has increased by 38 percent
— We are lacking accountability and transparency as indicated by the recent litigation and the NYS budget audit.
— We need to move forward. As a whole we have been greatly inhibited by such things as litigation, threatened lawsuits held over our heads, and vacated terms by town officials.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish?

I am committed to our “ people first — not politics “ strategy. That would be a huge step in the right direction.

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TOWN COUNCILMAN - Silvio Palermo

Age 34
Occupation Police sergeant
Hometown Canandaigua
Number of years at current residence 8.5
Family Wife
Party affiliation Republican, also endorsed by Independence and Conservative Parties
Incumbent or challenger  Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I bring the strong ability to make tough decisions regardless of popularity, and effective interpersonal communication skills. I earned a B.S. in Public Administration which is in direct correlation to the office I am seeking.

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

Supervisory experience as a police sergeant, I am currently assigned as watch commander of a Patrol Shift which has equipped me with extensive leadership abilities. Serving as a police officer for over 13 years, I have developed a very diverse background which would enable me to serve a wide range of constituents. 

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— Keeping the balance between the growth of Victor and Victor’s small town feel. The completion and implementation of the Comprehensive Plan will be a significant guide for the Town Board in monitoring our growth.
— The reduction of spending while making government more efficient. Reviewing and implementing appropriate cost savings recommendations made by Community Benchmarking Study and Victor Implementation Team Task Force Committees.
— Traffic. Working closely with the New York State Department of Transportation, devising more efficient traffic light synchronization.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish?

Creating an efficient partnership between the Town Board and the citizens of Victor.  The goal would be for the Citizens of Victor to have more direct involvement in the decisions that impact Victor.

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TOWN COUNCILMAN - Dave Tantillo

Age 44
Occupation Wegmans Food Markets
Hometown Victor
Number of years at current residence 7
Family Wife and three sons -
Party affiliation Republican
Incumbent or challenger Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have been taught to be fiscally conservative and understand the value of a dollar. The most important value Wegmans has taught me is to serve people, whether it is an employee, a customer, or the surrounding community. Robert Wegman instilled upon me that you must, “First, never worry about yourself; always take care of others. If you do that, you are well on your way.” Therefore, I intend to be a servant leader and always put the citizens of Victor first.

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

I have 28 years of experience working with one of the “Top 100 Companies to Work for in America.”  Working for a fiscally responsible and customer service oriented organization for almost three decades, I have gained thorough knowledge and experience in many business disciplines including: customer service, store operations, merchandising, buying, marketing, information technology, manufacturing, contract negotiations and accounting.  In addition, I earned my MBA from St. John Fisher.  I am also currently on the Town of Victor Communications Task Force Committee, a Victor Youth Football Coach, a published author on leadership, and an Ordained Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Victor.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor today?

— Complete the comprehensive plan, which is slated to be completed by the end of this year.  Once completed, we need to work together to enforce this new plan that will define the town approved guidelines for future development, land use, and transportation issues.  
— Improve accounting practices and fiscal responsibility. We must adhere to the generally accepted accounting practices.  I would ensure that the books are balanced for each fiscal year and implement internal audit controls when needed.
— Reduce traffic congestion along the Route 96 corridor. I would work with state, town and village governments in order to develop solutions to the increasing traffic and infrastructure problems.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you hope to accomplish?

In addition, to making sure the comprehensive plan is completed and implemented, I would like to update our town website. Victor needs an intuitive and interactive website that promotes activities, businesses, current events, as well as being an on-line destination for all town and village matters.

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TOWN JUSTICE - Cyndy Schillinger Rochford

Age 51
Occupation Attorney
Hometown Victor, graduated from VHS, parents were longtime Victor residents until retiring to Penn Yan
Number of years at current residence 15
Family Married, three daughters ages 19, 14, and 14
Party affiliation Democrat
Incumbent or challenger Challenger

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position? I am an attorney admitted to practice in New York since 1987. My legal experience has taught me not only legal fundamentals, but also how to handle difficult situations with sensitivity and confidentiality. 

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position? As an attorney, I understand the importance of applying the law to each situation fairly, ethically and in accordance with judicial standards.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor Town Court today?

— Our town court has one of the busiest town court dockets in New York state. As a result, the wait time for a scheduled court date, and the actual court sessions, may be quite lengthy. Addressing this issue would benefit both court personnel, and those appearing before the court.
— The current court facilities do not meet NYS standards for security. This needs to be addressed to ensure the safety of the court staff and personnel, as well as the individuals involved in town court proceedings.
— Our town is one of the fastest growing communities in New York state. Our court building is currently leased and it might be financially advantageous to this community to explore a town-owned court facility and offices.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you plan to accomplish?

As a new justice I would not want to initiate any hasty changes before taking the time to understand all the challenges facing our town court. However, it does appear necessary to address the burden on our town court, and work to develop acceptable ways to deal with the busy court docket to ensure acceptable wait times for scheduled court dates, and the length of each court session.

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TOWN JUSTICE - Edward Lyng, Jr.

Age 65
Occupation Victor Town Justice
Hometown Victor
Number of years at current residence 35 year resident of Victor
Family Married 44 years to wife Mary, three children and four grandchildren
Party affiliation Republican
Incumbent or challenger Incumbent

What unique strengths or qualifications do you bring to the position?

I have 32 years of law enforcement experience and have served 12 years as Victor town justice.

What professional or personal experience has equipped you for the position?

I have an associate’s degree in criminal justice,  a   bachelor’s degree in public administration, and am a member of the ARC Autism Advisory Board and a facilitator in Ontario County Youth Court.

In your opinion, what are the top three challenges facing Victor Town Court today? To serve the public in a respectful and honest manner with primary focus on availability and accountability.

If elected, what’s one new change or initiative you plan to accomplish?

A permanent Victor Town Court facility.