In the upcoming election Nov. 3, Vincent Aceste is running as the Republican candidate for Lewisboro Town Justice, and Andrea Rendo is running as the Republican candidate for Lewisboro Town Board. These candidates will face their Democrat counterparts, John Pappalardo and Richard Sklarin, respectively, in the election.
Mr. Aceste has been a resident of Lewisboro for 25 years. He served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader for 11 years in Vista Pack 101 and Vista Troop 101. He also is a 25-year member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in South Salem, where he and his wife were married. He has three children; one is a senior at John Jay High School.
“I am a big believer in giving back to our community — not just in resources, but in volunteer time as well,” Mr. Aceste said in an email statement. “I am a United States Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran, committed to our community and to our country.”
Mr. Aceste received a B.A. from Fordham University and received his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School Law School. He has been a civil litigation attorney for over 40 years.
His professional experience includes working as assistant district attorney in Manhattan and a trial attorney.
Mr. Aceste said that his background as a former prosecutor makes him well qualified to become town justice. In that role, he handled thousands of arraignments, conducted interviews with police officers and civilians, and presented witnesses to grand juries.
“As a trial attorney and a former DA, I can see things from both sides,” Mr. Aceste said. “I am a levelheaded, calm, and fair person who will take the role of town justice seriously, with compassion and fairness for all people who appear before me.”
Ms. Rendo, the GOP candidate for town board, also has extensive experience as a practicing attorney. She received her B.A. in political science and philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and her Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Ms. Rendo is currently a solo practitioner in Cross River specializing in criminal, general negligence, civil litigation and medical malpractice suits.
Ms. Rendo has also worked as deputy village attorney for the Town of Harrison. She is a member of seven law-related associations including the New York State Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and New York State Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, she was appointed chairperson of the Westchester County Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee and serves on several other bar association committees including the Committee on a Constitutional Convention.
Ms. Rendo is a longtime resident of Lewisboro, where she raised two children with her husband, Todd. In a statement on her website, Ms. Rendo said she believes the town is currently divided in a way that she has never seen before and is running in an effort to bridge these differences. She added that she sees the job of town board member as putting the town’s businesses and interests of neighbors first, which she said will be her focus if elected.
“There’s a great deal of anger and frustration as we struggle to find solutions to some very serious issues,” Ms. Rendo said in the statement. “Rest assured, I’ll do the work of representing you and every resident on the Town Board, never losing sight of the job you elected me to do.”