GENESEO – Two SUNY Geneseo students have announced their candidacy for Geneseo Village Trustee.
Mary Rutigliano, 19, and Matthew Cook, 20, both SUNY Geneseo students, filed petitions Wednesday afternoon to run as Independents for both of the Village’s two open seats for Trustee, a four-year term.
“We’re excited to see what we can do for the community,” said Rutigliano. “We’re looking forward to a positive campaign.”
Family members of Rutigliano, who grew up in Geneseo, said that she is wise beyond her years. She works at Wegmans and Mia’s Pizzeria in Geneseo.
“She’s one of those people who has always been more mature than their age,” said her brother, Joe Rutigliano. “What it comes down to is getting stuff done. That is Mary in a nutshell. She’d never tell you this, but her resume is very impressive. She was a People to People student ambassador. She received the Citizenship Award through Rotary. She does a lot.”
Cook, of Rochester, works at Salvatore’s Old Fashioned Pizzeria, Sticky Lips BBQ, and Delaware North and Expeditor.
Rutigliano and Cook are running together with a shared goal of improving ‘town and gown’ collaboration between the village and SUNY Geneseo.
“Mary’s not a kid,” said Joe Rutigliano. “She’s an adult and she understands the gravity of the position she will be in.”
Their campaigns are being managed by two fellow students.
Rutigliano and Cook are running against Democratic incumbent Trustee Bob Wilcox, Democratic former Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee Phil Jones, and Republican Geneseo resident Leslie Carson.
The election is March 15.