The Patterson Republican Town Committee endorsed Councilwoman Ginny Nacerino for the District No.4 seat Thursday after Conklin decided against seeking reelection.
Although Conklin gave no explanation for her actions, sources told the Courier that the current legislative chairperson had fallen out of favor with the GOP and would not have been endorsed anyway.
Nacerino said she had been encouraged by "numerous supporters to seek the seat. After careful consideration with my husband and three children, I felt my philosophy of hard work and commitment to the Town of Patterson should be carried to the county level."
Nacerino has served as councilwoman for the past 5-and-one-half years after serving for six years on the Patterson Zoning Board of Appeals.
Nacerino is an employee of the Brewster School District.
Nacerino reserved comment about Conklin's performance on the legislature adding: "What is important is for Patterson to be represented by a vigorous representative ensuring that Patterson's best interests are well served."
Nacerino called the opportunity "wonderful. I promise that if elected in November, I will not let the people of Patterson down in any way, shape or form."
Putnam's former GOP Chairman and current Carmel Town Republican Chairman Anthony Scannapieco admitted being surprised when "prior to the start of the meeting, I was advised that Mary was not going to show up and seek reelection. I am elated that Ginny has become the GOP candidate and most likely the new legislator representing constituents in greater Patterson on Jan. 1, 2013."
Scannapieco who has served as town chairman for 26 years and county chairman for 14 years praised Nacerino: "I have known her from day one. She is a wonderful person as well as being a tenacious and hard worker. Ginny's election will be a positive change for the Putnam Legislature."
Nacerino also received the backing of the Putnam Conservative Committee this week.