The residents of the village of Honeoye Falls will vote on Tuesday, March 19 in village elections. There are three candidates, incumbents Dan Harris and Stan Worboys and newcomer Pamela Scully, running for the two spots as a Village Trustee. Following are biographies of the three candidates as submitted by the candidates themselves.
My name is Dan Harris and I am running for a seat on the Honeoye Falls Village Board of Trustees. I was appointed by Mayor Milne in January to fill a vacancy on the board. Over the last few months, I have worked with the Mayor, Village Administration and the rest of the Village Board on several exciting initiatives, and it’s been a pleasure to serve the community.
I am a lifelong Village resident and my wife and I have a one year-old daughter, Shannon. I graduated from Penn State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and obtained my Masters at RIT while working at General Motors here in the Village. When GM decided to leave Honeoye Falls in 2012, we choose to stay and are very glad we did! I cannot imagine a better place to raise my daughter than this community.
I have benefited greatly from the vitality of this village, and I hope to continue to foster that energy. The energy from the water of Honeoye Creek, harnessed by mills, sparked the foundation of this village. That spark attracted the railroad, energized the local economy, and eventually built our fantastic school district in the 20th century. This vibrant community attracted GM to locate its alternative energy research facility here, highlighting the Village as a hub of innovation in the early 21st century. Although the mills are no longer turning, the railroad is gone and GM has left, the energy is still here. This village has continued to build on this energy as times and economic conditions change. This energy is what makes this community such a great place to live, educate our children and do business. This energy is what will provide this community the momentum to capture the next great opportunity.
I hope to continue to have the privilege to serve my community as a member of the Village Board. Lastly, I want to thank the people of this community for making it a wonderful place to live.
I am a lifelong resident of Honeoye Falls, having graduated from Honeoye Falls Central School and Hartwick College. I met my wife, Gail at Hartwick. I taught math at Honeoye Central for two years. I spent six years with Monroe, the Calculator Company, with the last three years in Pittsburgh, PA as Systems Manager. I returned to the area, lived at my current residence for 42 years and worked about 25 years in sales and sales management, mostly as Rochester Branch Manager for a distributor of Industrial Power Transmission equipment. For the last 18 years, I have been a self-employed painting contractor. Altogether, I have a variety of experience in managing in large and small business settings.
I have been active in this community in many ways, including as a member of the First Presbyterian Church (Trustee and Deacon), a board member and past president of the HF/L Vince Lombardi Chargers youth football program and as a youth baseball coach with Honeoye Falls/Mendon baseball. I served two years on the Honeoye Falls Zoning Board of Appeals and have been a Trustee on the Village Board for 20 years.
Honeoye Falls was a great place to grow up. It has been a great place to raise a family and still a great place to live. I am very fond of this community, the people and the businesses in it. I hope we can maintain the vitality and can keep the small town character for a long time.
The Village is run well. Mayor Milne, the Boards and the employees are doing a great job. I think that my experience as a life long resident and a 20 year Village Board member is still an asset to that team and would be happy to continue for another term.
Gerry Pavelsky, who also served the Village Board for 20 years, has left. Forty years of experience leaving at one time is a lot. I still have the interest and energy to continue for another four year term and make the change more gradual.
I am a Honeoye Falls resident who opened a local business in the community a dozen years ago and am running for a seat on the Village Board to hold the line on property taxes, expand reliable internet access and make government more transparent.
I am a candidate under the West Main Street Party line, a party I established after receiving 41.3 percent of the vote two years ago as a write-in candidate.
Owning a business gives me a unique perspective from the other trustees and mayor who currently serve. I feel I can apply that to village government in general. I know I could help the community.
I moved to Honeoye Falls after opening my business in the village in 2007. I am president of the Honeoye Falls-Mendon Chamber of Commerce and am married.
My wife and I are participants in the community in every way. We like to support what happens here in our community. We believe in the community. We believe in the people in the community. It’s why we chose to live here.