Ready For The Challenge

Residents of the fourth ward have new representation on the City Council in Marie Carrubba.

Carrubba, who was chosen to replace Vince DeJoy, was officially sworn in on Friday. DeJoy was recently appointed as the director of development for Jamestown along with the position as executive secretary for the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Carrubba. “I’ve been a resident of the city for 30 years, and I moved into the fourth ward almost 18 years ago. I really enjoy it and I’m looking forward to digging in and helping the residents of the fourth ward. It’s exciting and it’s a new challenge for me. I’ve done a lot of other things, but this is a new chapter and I’m very excited about it.”

Carrubba, who has previously served as a member of many local committees, boards and commissions, is also a member of the New York State Bar and has worked as the executive director of Southwestern Independent Living Center Inc. since 1984.

“I had approached the mayor because I was interested in the position and had been involved with Democratic politics for a number of years,” said Carrubba. “I thought this was finally my time to step up. My youngest son is graduating from high school, so I’ll have a lot more spare time and I thought this would be the time to try to do this.”

Carrubba will also be filling a vacancy on the Finance Committee, which DeJoy had previously chaired. Tony Dolce, R-Ward 2, has since taken over as chair of the committee, but now Carrubba will be bringing her experience in finance to the table, as well.

“I’ve been on the finance committee at both The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. and The Resource Center has a much larger budget than the city,” said Carrubba. “I served as treasurer for several years, and I think I have a lot of experience in finance. It’s my interest and my forte, so I’m looking forward to digging into the city budget to see if there is anything that I can do to improve it. I also run a nonprofit agency and deal with a much smaller budget in that area, but it’s all dealing with figures and finance so I think I’ll be able to lend my skills to that committee.”