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John Angyal running for Skaneateles Town Justice

Skaneateles may be touched by an Angyal, again.

Former Skaneateles judge and town supervisor John Angyal recently announced his candidacy for Skaneateles Town Justice. A 45-year resident of Skaneateles, he will run as a candidate on the Republican, Independence and Independent lines in this fall's town elections.

Angyal has a long history in community service, ranging from Cub Scout leader to the American Legion.

"You can't just take, you have got to give back in order for the community to be strong," Angyal said from his home office. After a 23-year career in the New York State Police, he was elected town judge in 1983, and served until 1990. He then ran successfully for town supervisor and served in that position until 1995. His career serving the community took an interesting turn that year, as he opened a colorful local landmark, the restaurant, Johnny Angel's Heavenly Hamburgers.

"I love helping people, period. Everyone has a story, one that is as unique as their fingerprints," Angyal said. Friends and family alike claim that his ability to listen to people and get to the heart of the problem is what makes him stand out from the crowd. How would he bring his wide experience base to bear?

"Your life is basically the sum of your experiences. No two situations are alike, and I believe that a judge must take this into account it is not black and white, the judge interprets the law and applies it to the nuances of each case," Angyal said.

Angyal said he believes Skaneateles is a unique community, which requires unique leadership. Skaneateles is the best in the nation, he believes. He cites evidence such as the volunteer fire department, ambulance service (SAVES), Police Department, Department of Public Works, and dispatch center on the public side, and Friends in Need of Service (FISH), Skaneateles Festival and the Baltimore Woods as examples on the private side.

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