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Caz Caucus selects two new faces

Caucus selects two new faces

Moran to run for re-election, Beale and Zupan seek town seats

By Willie Kiernan

The town of Cazenovia Democratic caucus was held Thursday Sept. 6 and Helen Beale and Bill Zupan emerged as the party's nominees for town board seats. Liz Moran was endorsed for re-election as town supervisor.

Zupan has served on the town's zoning board of appeals for 17 years, the past six years as its chair.

"It is clear that the town board has become much more pro-active under Liz's leadership. Her approach and her ideas have brought needed improvements to the way the town government does the people's business," Zupan said. "I would like to help her and other board members further that agenda."

Beale is recently retired from the New York State United Teachers, where she worked for 31 years as a labor relations specialist with primary responsibility for negotiating and enforcing contracts. Prior to that, she was an English teacher in the Cazenovia Central Schools.

"I believe my longstanding advocacy for openness in government and my background in public sector labor relations would be an asset to the town board as it continues to work to improve its operations and become more responsive to public needs and concerns," Beale said.

Zupan, the owner of a local sand and gravel business that was started by his father 45 years ago, graduated from Cazenovia High School in 1968 and received his B.A. from Hobart College in Geneva. He is a member of the Town Comprehensive Planning Committee and has previously served on the Lake Watershed Committee.

Beale is a longtime civic activist and former president of the League of Women Voters of Cazenovia. She graduated from Ithaca College and did her graduate work at SUNY Cortland and Cornell University. In addition to her past leadership of the League of Women Voters, Beale is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, has served on the board of the United Way of Central New York and currently serves on the board of the Prevention Network, a not-for-profit agency providing programs and education concerning alcoholism and other addictions.

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