Eastchester town supervisor faces tough opponent in upcoming primary

The Republican primary race for Eastchester town supervisor is expected to be a close one.

Incumbent Jim Cavanaugh is facing his toughest challenge to date. He will go head to head with fellow Republican Tony Colavita on primary day, September 9. Colavita is also currently an Eastchester Town Councilman.

The two men have worked in town government for the past six years and have often voted the same on key issues. But now the two are entangled in a battle over who will run in the upcoming general elections.

Taxes and spending are two key issues in the race. Cavanaugh takes pride in his record on taxes, saying year to year the increase in the tax levy has been held to less than 3 percent. Meanwhile, Colavita says he would like to see a full-time building inspector, which would replace the need for a code enforcement officer and save the town about $45,000.

Other big issues include traffic congestion and development.

The winner of the primary election will face Democrat P.J. Denning, who is a Tuckahoe Village Trustee.

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