HERKIMER, N.Y. – An incumbent will face a former board member in the Village of Herkimer’s mayoral contest next Tuesday.

Republican candidate Tony Brindisi, 64, is the incumbent and will face Mark Netti, 55, the Democratic challenger for the four-year term as mayor.

Both candidates provided responses to questions sent to them by the Times Telegram via email regarding their background and positions pertaining to the village. Responses were limited to 100 words each. Any responses that exceeded that limit were edited.

Anthony "Tony" Brindisi

Brindisi and his wife Linda have been married for 37 years and have two children and three grandchildren.

Brindisi said he has been a village resident for over 35 years. He was elected to his first term as mayor in 2014. He previously served as village trustee for two years and as a school board member for 10 years.

Why did you want to run for mayor?

"I seek re-election to continue to serve as Mayor as the mayor’s seat is a full-time commitment. I have spent the last four years in the office dealing with the day-to-day tasks that go with the job. I promised the citizens of the village that I would be there and be the most accessible that I could be and I promise to continue to do so. In addition, there are three or four projects that need completion. I want to complete them in my next term."

What issues are the most important right now to the village?

"Issues that are important to the village are: 1. Taxes (we have not increased them in four years). 2. Infrastructure. We continue to complete work on our infrastructure which has not raised our taxes. 3. Revitalization of Downtown. Eleven new businesses downtown and 26 throughout the village in four years and more still yet to come. These are just a few issues that we will tackle over the next four years.

How would you go about addressing them?

"We will continue to monitor our spending, find grants to help pay for projects and promote of our village to prospective businesses as we have over the past four years."

Mark Netti

Netti has been married for 33 years and has three adult children and two grandchildren. Netti said for 38 years, he was employed and/or owned Netti and Son’s, a family business. He then moved on to go work for Upstate Services Group and Capstone Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing as director of plant operations.

Netti, a lifelong village resident, served on the village board as trustee from 2002 to 2012.

Why did you want to run for mayor?

"[I] have always had the desire to come back to serve the residents of this village…The reason to run is simple I want serve the community that I chose to spend my life in and I want to return the pride back to village of Herkimer."

What issues are the most important right now to the village?

"I have a lot that I would like to do but the blight in the village is getting bad and needs to be addressed and we need to get alternative sources of revenue besides taxes. We also need to improve our relations with other boards like the county and town."