Plainfield chooses new Select Board member in special election

For the Gazette
Sunday, January 08, 2017

PLAINFIELD — In a special election held on Saturday, Winton Pitcoff, 46, of 24 South Union St. was elected to fill a seat on the Plainfield Select Board left vacant by Phil Lococo.

Lococo resigned in December.

According to Town Clerk Ruth Osgood, Pitcoff bested his opponent Ronald Weeks, 37, of 88 Grant St., 65 to 40. Osgood said that out of the 481 registered voters in town, 105 turned out for the election.

“I am really looking forward to working with Howard and Leslie,” Pitcoff said, referring to Select Board Chairman Howard Bronstein and board member Leslie Rule. “I appreciate everyone that put their trust in me and gave me this opportunity to serve the town.”

Pitcoff, who is currently on the Finance Committee, will have to resign from that board in order to serve on the Select Board.

“I have enjoyed working for the Finance Committee,” he said. “Because of the bylaws of the town it is not possible to serve on both boards at the same time.”

Bronstein said that he was happy that there would now be a full board that can address all of the important issues that face the town.

“Phil works for Comcast and every time we would discuss the broadband issue, he had to recuse himself from the discussion,” Bronstein said.

Pitcoff noted that bringing broadband to town was crucial for Plainfield and that he looked forward to working on this issue. Pitcoff will fill the remaining two years of Lococo’s term. Lococo had served on the Select Board for 18½ years.

“The town is very grateful for Phil’s service on the board and I can only hope I can measure up to him,” Bronstein said.

Bronstein is now the senior member of the Select Board despite the fact that he was elected this May to replace former Select Board member Judy Feeley. Rule replaced former Select Board member Dennis Mimitz, who resigned on June 30.

Weeks could not be reached for comment.