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Rey Solano to Run for Seat on Somers Town Board

SOMERS, N.Y. — Harry Bolton’s unexpected resignation from the Somers Town Board in March left a vacancy that was filled through the interim appointment of Richard Benedict . In November, a special election will be held to pick a new council member, who will finish the final year of Bolton’s four-year term.

Amawalk resident Rey Solano is among those expressing an interest in running. “I was planning to campaign for the regular November 2013 election anyway,” said Solano. “So I’m starting a year earlier.”

Solano explained his platform. “I would serve as a voice for the people because I’m one of them. Life is hard right now, and I’d like to make things easier for people.”

One of his priorities would be to make Somers a safer place. He would like to see a sidewalk along Route 202, preferably between the middle school and the Historic District, but at least between the intermediate school and Fireman’s Field. “The Lions Club organizes a lot of functions there,” Solano said. “People could walk back and forth. Right now, I cringe when I see people walking along 202.”

Solano also wants to improve traffic conditions along several roads, including Mahopac Avenue, Sunderland Lane and Brick Hill Road. “They’re cut-through roads, and we need speed humps and better enforcement along them,” he said. “And there are spots where we need guardrails.”

His other ideas include on-site ambulances at Heritage Hills, a cleanup of Lake Shenorock and “a new concession stand at Reis Park with healthier food,” Solano said.

Born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx, Solano has lived in Somers since 2005. He has five children, ages 7 to 15, all attending Somers schools. Solano went to Fordham Prep and Fordham University.

He has served as president of the Somers Republican Club and as a member of the Somers School District Citizens’ Finance Committee. Currently, he is director of Somers Tee Ball.

In 1993, he served a year as New York State assistant ombudsman. “You work directly for the government and resolve problems for people. It’s a volunteer position,” he said. “I was probably the only Republican to work in Mario Cuomo’s administration, but it was absolutely the best experience I ever had.”

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