Tom Reitano is one of six candidates running for a councilor seat on the Manlius Town Board. There are three openings.
Retired music teacher
This is my first time to be involved in politics. The experience so far has been both encouraging and humbling. My friends, family, students and neighbors have been very supportive. My only special interest group is you, the people of the town of Manlius.
My name is Tom Reitano and I have lived in Fayetteville with my wife, Leslie, for 34 years. We have a son, TR, a daughter-in-law, Rachel, and a granddaughter, Alma.
I am a retired music teacher from the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. I taught 34 years at all levels and all abilities of students. I had the honor of working with my father Orlando "Sam or Lee" Reitano who started the music program at the old Minoa School in 1950. I am also a retired professional piano player.
I am no stranger to community involvement. I served as a trustee for the Fayetteville Free Library. Currently I serve as a member of the Fayetteville Rotary and as a founding member of the ES-M Education Foundation. I donate my musical skills to a variety of special events including those for the Golisano Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, the Novel Affair, The Barnes Foundation, The Everson Museum, and at Elmcrest.
Why are you running for a seat on the Manlius Town Board?
Making a difference has always been a priority for me. As a teacher, my work gave me a rich experience with many different people and created a love for helping others. My volunteer work actually started because I missed being a part of people's lives. I hope to continue making a difference in people's lives, including my own. Serving the community as a Manlius town councilor will allow me to give back even more to the community that I love and respect.