FORESTVILLE - Gary Belote is running for village trustee in the Tuesday elections. He has received and accepted the nomination of the Republican Party.
He is a divorced father of three grown daughters, Sarah Maramara, Kyle Matos and Jenna Belote, all of whom live in Florida.
"A year ago I bought the family home left to us by my late parents, Gerald and Winona Belote, who had owned it since 1947. My father bought it when he returned home from World War II, thus beginning a very long family love and involvement in the village.
"My father started with the village in 1956 when I was five years old and later took a civil service exam and became Street and Water Superintendent and ran the department with the assistance of friend and co-worker, Harold Richter, until his retirement in 1985.
"Thus said, my involvement with the village started at an early age helping my father whenever a light needed to be held or a tool passed, whatever the hour was, on broken equipment or fixing a water leak, or checking the water system.
"When I got older, I worked part time summers and vacations for the village and also co-directed the summer playground program with Linda Prechtl (Ferry). My mother 'Winnie' as she preferred to be called, worked in the school cafeteria, was the Girl Scout leader, and retired from the Sears Catalogue store at the Plaza.
"I graduated from Forestville Central School in 1969 and then attended Hudson Valley Community College from 1971 until I graduated in 1972 with an associate degree in liberal arts, physical education major. I decided that was enough education and came home and worked for Pazda Brothers Plastering until I joined the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Local 7 out of Buffalo.
"My 28-year career with the Boilermakers was interrupted when I ran my own successful Mac Tool business for 10 years. I then returned to finish an enjoyable and challenging career traveling and working throughout the United States and Puerto Rico and Aruba at various power plants and refineries and paper mills, both as a certified welder and/or supervisor. The last 12 years were spent back in the Buffalo area working for Nicholson and Hall, a local Boilermaker contractor mostly in the Western New York area, until my retirement in October of 2012.
"I would like to see the village run more open and in the best interest of all citizens of this wonderful place to grow up and raise a family. Many daunting issues face us, but nothing that can't be fixed with hard work and strong leadership.
"I see this village on the verge of being written about in the OBSERVER in a better and more positive light, with a new and plentiful water system and a strong and united mayor and board working for the best interest of its tax paying citizens.
"I would appreciate your support in the upcoming election Tuesday. Thank you."