Two more announce candidacy
Junell Pasquarelli and Dave Bardascini are both running for the town board.
Bardascini was born in Amsterdam and is a graduate of Amsterdam High School, along with the Zone 5 Law Enforcement Academy in Colonie.
He has specialized training from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security and other federal and state agencies, along with serving on the Amsterdam Police Department.
Bardascini moved to Broadalbin in 1994 and has a 16-year-old daughter.
“The recent triple digit increase in the town’s tax and the effort to do away with the three assessors have convinced me that I can not sit on the sidelines any longer,” Bardascini said. “We need to bring back fiscal responsibility to avoid another triple digit tax increase.”
Bardascini said the town needs to look at sensible development as a way to increase the tax base.
“[I’m] a firm believer that we should not take the voice of the people away in the selection of the assessors positions,” he said. “[I’m a] strong advocate of listening to the people. I’m looking forward to serving the people of Broadalbin and moving forward.”
Pasquarelli lived in the town of Florida for 14 years before moving to Broadalbin in 2015 after getting married to her husband Thomas Pasquarelli Jr. She is a graduate of Fonda-Fultonville Central School and attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute where she earned her associates degree.
She worked for a law firm for 14 years as a real estate paralegal and manager of the real estate departments and in house title companies. Pasquarelli was then recruited by a commercial real estate developer where she obtained her real estate licence. She then went into real estate sales in which she now has her own business that opened in 2015 — Junell Realty LLC.
Her business covers seven local counties. Through her business she has earned an award each year for being in the top 10 percent of sales for the Capital Region. In 2018, Junell Realty LLC sold over $15 million in local real estate.
Pasquarelli is a huge animal lover and likes to support and donate to local shelters and rescue groups. She also supports veterans and donates to local veteran groups.
“I decided to run for the Town of Broadalbin Councilman position because we have two openings this year on our Town Board and I felt it was important to take an interest in the township in which I reside in along with my family,” Pasquarelli said. “I became a resident about four years ago when I moved to this town after selling my home and getting married to my husband. I have some concerns as to the direction our town may be headed in.”
As the town faces a significant tax increase, Pasquarelli said it was that tax increase that made her want to be more involved in the town. She said she has seen a number of homes go up for sale and continue to go up for sale.
“Broadalbin has been and is a desirable area, but we need to make sure it stays that way,” Pasquarelli said. “We have a large number of residents on a fixed income here and large tax increases are not something they can face year after year.”
She said she has been in the real estate industry for 22 years and had been responsible for drafting legal documents, managing offices and managing millions of dollars for those offices.
“We need to find a way to generate more business and opportunity to generate more tax dollars and not simply by raising the taxes of the residents,” Pasquarelli said. “I know that I can be a fair, honest and outgoing candidate and can work for our people in the town. My goal is to hear what the majority of the people care about and want and to be that voice that they need in hopes of operating a strong, resourceful and desirable township that we are all proud of and proud to call home.”
Other candidates running for the open council positions are these Republicans: Leo A. VanAllen and Cynthia L. McClarren.