Saturday, March 9, 2019



Teen runs for Dutchess legislature

Cavaccini: "I want to advocate ..."

WAPPINGERS FALLS – Joey Cavaccini is just 19, but that makes him of legal voting age and old enough to run for most offices.  He has declared his candidacy, as a Republican, for the Dutchess County Legislature's District 15 seat currently held by the retiring Republican Joseph Incoronato. 

The young candidate began his career in public service in 2012, when, at the age of 12, he was appointed to a special position within the office of the Town of Wappinger Historian.  At the time, he was the youngest official to serve in a public capacity in the state.

 In 2017 he was also appointed to the position of Town of Fishkill Deputy Historian and was later appointed Town Historian in 2018. 

"I truly care about the Town of Wappinger," said Cavaccini, who said he is running because "I want to advocate for the people of the town and the town government itself at the county level to ensure a better quality of life for our community." 

Cavaccini believes that the biggest issue in the district is economic development. "A lack of smart economic development on the southern Route 9 corridor through District 15 has caused many vacant commercial properties to turn into eyesores,” he said. "My opinion is that before vacant rural lands are further developed, plans should be put in place to make these vacant properties more attractive."

Cavaccini is a registered Republican who also has the endorsement of the Independence and Conservative parties.  He had originally entertained the thought of running for the town board but said that he felt his efforts would be more productive at the county level.  "The county has great resources such as ThinkDutchess which can assist the town and Supervisor Thurston in his vision to better progress the town forward.  Being an advocate between the rich resources that Dutchess County has to offer and the people is key as a county legislator."

Cavaccini has worked under three different administrations in the Town of Wappinger dating back to when former county legislator Barbara Gutzler was serving as town supervisor.  Of Cavaccini's campaign, Gutzler said "I'm delighted that we have a young person running in the Town of Wappinger.  Joey will certainly be an asset to have in the county. 

He's innovative and we've all learned a lot from him already."  Gutzler was the town supervisor that first brought Cavaccini into town hall and also held the legislative seat that he is currently seeking.

Councilman William Beale, a resident of District 15, encouraged Cavaccini to run. “Joey has dedicated his life to our town and his commitment to our community is unparalleled. I have long said that we need more people involved in the political process and Joey brings the spirit and dedication to represent us well in the county legislature.”

According to a member of the Town of Wappinger Democratic Committee, Phillip Du will be the Democratic candidate for the seat.


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