Peter A. Gianesini Sr., Democrat Running for Council.
1. When did you decide to become involved in local government? What other offices have you held?
I decided to become involved in local government when my first child started attending school, and I obtained a seat on the Board of Education. Over subsequent years I was elected to the Board of Assessment Appeals, the Board of Finance, and the Town Council. I have served in the past on appointed boards, including the Town-Wide Technology Task Force, and the Old High School Building Committee, and a Charter Revision Commission. Presently I serve on the Water Pollution Control Authority, the Public Works Commission, and the Town Hall Annex Building Committee.
2. Do you like the direction Plymouth is going in or is there something you want to change?
I generally like the direction that Plymouth is going in.
3. What do you think are some of your most useful skills or experiences to bring to the council?
I have lived in town for 45 years. My three children are products of the Plymouth education system, and all were accepted at and graduated from competitive private colleges. I know firsthand why it is important to support a responsible school budget. My many years of service on a number of boards and commissions has given me insight into what is required for town government in Plymouth to function effectively and in a fiscally responsible manner. Upon graduation from the New York University College of Engineering and Science with a B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, I entered the U.S. Army. I was honorably discharged as a 1st Lieutenant from the 39th Combat Engineer Battalion upon my return from Vietnam. I was employed for 43 years as a metallurgist and quality assurance manager.
4. What are some of your goals for Plymouth?
Continuing to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of town departments. To plan for and implement measures to maintain the town’s roads, buildings and bridges in an orderly and timely manner. Neglect is not an option.
5. What would you say are the biggest challenges Plymouth faces?
The biggest challenge that Plymouth faces is the need to expand its grand list. The expansion must come mainly in the form of commercial and industrial businesses.
6. What are Plymouth’s greatest strengths?
Plymouth’s greatest strength is its “sense of community.” The families that make up our community attend church, support their children’s school activities, athletic programs, senior meetings, and programs at the American Legion. We are still a small community, but most of us work together to make it function as best as we can.
7. What would you say to encourage people to support you?
I am one of the many fine people who are running for a Town Council seat. I believe that members of the Town Council are “Stewards” (who are responsible for overseeing, protecting, and caring for the town of Plymouth for all of us and those who follow us).
I believe that I possess the experience, knowledge, and education to be a successful steward for the Town of Plymouth, and ask for your support on Election Day.