2023 Village of Pittsford Trustee Candidate Forum

  •  March 15, 2023
     7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Pittsford Chamber of Commerce proudly sponsors the

2023 Village of Pittsford Trustee Candidate Forum

Wednesday; March 15, 2023; 7:00PM to 8:00PM; In-person

Irondequoit Country Club

4045 East Avenue — Rochester, NY — 14618

Moderated by Former Sutherland High School Principal Liz Konar


Candidates for Village of Pittsford Trustee

Lisa Cove, Jared Cook and David Marshall are running for two open Village Board of Trustee seats.  All three have been invited to participate in the Forum.

 Participants will provide opening and closing statements and answer questions submitted in advance by Pittsford Chamber of Commerce members and Village residents.   

The Forum is free of charge and will be taped by the Chamber for posting on our website.  We ask that attendees refrain from using any other recording equipment.

Village residents may vote for one or two Trustee candidates on March 21, 2023 at Village Hall (21 North Main Street, Pittsford, NY 14534) from

12:00PM to 9:00PM.


Register for the free Forum Here:

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Questions to all candidates must be submitted by Chamber members and Village residents via e-mail to [email protected] by Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 9:00PM. 

Please make the Chamber aware of any special accommodations you or your party will need at the Forum using this email address.



Pittsford Chamber of Commerce Vision Statement

To promote the diverse business interests of our members by advancing the development of commerce while supporting the greater Pittsford Community.


Trustee Candidates

All candidates have been invited to provide a snapshot and biography.


Jared Cook

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I grew up in Pittsford and have lived in the Village for almost 14 years with my wife, Catherine, and our three kids who attend Sutherland, Calkins, and Jefferson Road. We love the Village!

My vision for the Village is a welcoming community that actively seeks to include all its residents and give them a voice. I don’t believe in shying away from disagreement. Healthy debate is good. We need a diversity of views to find the best solutions. But we need to disagree productively. This requires treating each other with civility and respect, but it goes beyond that. It means that instead of making decisions based on personal agendas or ideology, we study issues with curiosity and an open mind, listen to input from all interested parties, and make decisions based on the data, the facts on the ground, and the values of the community. It means that we resolve our differences through established governmental processes and then respect the results of those processes instead of holding grudges. It means most fundamentally that we see one another not as enemies, but as neighbors and friends whose voices are equally important to the community.

I have served as the Chair of the Village Ethics Board since June 2021. I am a lawyer by profession and have been for 13 years. My practice is a commercial litigation practice that focuses on labor and employment, construction, commercial contract, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes, as well as pro bono civil rights cases.

Most of my cases involve large amounts of money or very high emotions, or both, and I have had to learn not only how to zealously advocate for my clients, but to work together with clients, judges, mediators, and other lawyers to find solutions that work for all parties. I hope to put these skills to use for the Village.

Here are my values and priorities on a few specific issues:

  • Ethical Government: Honesty, transparency, communication, and compliance with the law are non-negotiable.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety: We must maintain and continue the progress we’ve made to make our community safer, greener, and more walkable.
  • Historical Preservation: The Historic Preservation Board should be a resource for homeowners to help them appropriately maintain their historic homes—not their adversary. Its decisions should be transparent and impartial and should acknowledge residents’ need to affordably maintain their homes. Our approach to historical preservation should include room to implement sustainable and energy-efficient technologies and materials.
  • Responsible Development: Development must be done responsibly, respecting the legal rights of property and business owners, and balancing them with the needs and desires of the community, using cooperation and common sense to avoid costly adversarial proceedings.