SCHENECTADY — Doreen M. Ditoro has entered the growing field of candidates to fill two unexpired terms on the City Council.
The Democrat turned in her petition to the Board of Elections Monday, her first ever run for a council seat, in a bid that pledges to “respond, recover and rebuild” the city, Ditoro said in a statement.
Reached Tuesday, Ditoro said quality-of-life issues, and expanding on the city’s progression under Mayor Gary S. McCarthy would be her focus.
“Other council members will listen to me, I have some wonderful ideas and I have an extreme amount of knowledge,” Ditoro said.
Ditoro co-owns Rossi & Ditoro Funeral Home and has served as chair of the Little Italy Street Festival, and president of the Little Italy Business Association, where she was involved in revitalizing that neighborhood by advocating for the razing of dilapidated buildings.
Ditoro said she’s also been a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Church, where she’s been involved in many activities.
Ditoro moved from Waterford to the city in 1985. She’s raised three daughters in Schenectady, and they’ve all chosen to stay, she noted.
“It’s just a great place to be and to live,” the candidate said.
The terms are for two years.
With the primary June 22, there are four other Democratic candidates.
Fellow political newcomers Hailaeb Samuel and Carl Williams have been endorsed by the Schenectady Democratic committee.
Samuel is an entrepreneur and CEO of a tech services company who’s also on the board of the Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority and the city’s Housing Review Board.
Williams is an Air Force veteran, an administrator and member of the Schenectady chapter of the NAACP. He’s serving on the city’s Civilian Police Review Board and the city’s steering committee for a state-mandated police reform plan.
Dammoni Farley and former Democratic candidate for state Senate Thearse McCalmon are also running.
The general election is in November.