The Daily Voice has made great progress over the past several years in expanding coverage on local issues, events, and politics. However, in regards to the upcoming elections in Pound Ridge, Daily Voice readers have received a one-sided view and numerous vitriolic comments. While I did receive a request from the Daily Voice opinion writer for an interview, I thought it best to communicate directly with Pound Ridge voters.
Throughout this campaign, Pound Ridge voters of all political persuasions have approached me wanting to hear where I stand on the issues and what qualities and experience I would bring to the office of Supervisor. Now, and as your Supervisor, you can count on me and my team to stay focused on the issues and delivering results to Pound Ridge.
What can Pound Ridge residents expect under my leadership if I’m privileged to be elected to serve as your next Supervisor?
First and foremost, an effective Supervisor must have a vision for what they want to accomplish and a plan for how to get there.
My vision for Pound Ridge is, in many ways, very much as it is today: to maintain its bucolic woods, open spaces, and stonewalls. To sustain and encourage a close-knit community, that takes pride in its traditions and unique, country character. To continue building a town with a big heart and a strong spirit of volunteerism.
My vision sees a Pound Ridge that does not have empty storefronts sitting vacant for years.
I see a Pound Ridge where we can use our cell phones and Wi-Fi in public spaces.
I see a government that can effectively carry out complex projects, such as building a community center or administering a Department of Transportation (DOT) project, which provides 80% of the cost of major improvements to Scotts Corners.
I see a government that is responsive to people’s concerns and one that solves problems in months and years … not decades.
As Supervisor, I will listen to you and respect your opinions. I will remain open to new ideas and solutions.
As Supervisor, I will bring together our citizens and build consensus, while also making difficult decisions when no consensus can be found.
As Supervisor, I will remain calm and level-headed, especially in the face of adversity and disagreement.
As Supervisor, I will continue the tradition of fiscal conservatism. I will keep taxes low and ensure that government can improve the lives of Pound Ridgers.
I have a track record of being responsive, results-oriented, and a doer. I’m not afraid to take on big challenges and problems. I know how to bring people together and get things done.
I was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, a Fulbright Scholar, and the founder and leader of several national and international not-for-profit organizations. In Pound Ridge, I have served on the Town Board, as Liaison to the Pound Ridge Planning Board and
Drug Abuse Prevention Council, as a member of the Water Management Group, Mid-Hudson Regional Sustainability Plan, as a member of the
Budget Advisory Committee for the Bedford Central School District and chair of the
Subcommittee on School Budget Comparisons, as member of the Ad Hoc Committee for Sensible Airspace, and as a Pound Ridge Girl Scouts Troop Leader. I have serve as advisor to the Westchester County-Anti Trafficking Task Force and the Pound Ridge Elementary Student Council. I am Co-Founder and Board Member of the Pound Ridge Partnership which as brought to Pound Ridge Pound Ridge Pride Day, the Harvest Festival, and several beautification projects including the new park near Plum Plums.
Information on my qualifications and my plans to
Improve Government Efficiency and Spending
Bring openness to our Government and improve Communications
Create an Environmental Action Plan for Pound Ridge
can be found on my website at www.poundridgevictory2013.com.
It’s time for a new kind of government in Pound Ridge. We need a government that is proactive and plans for the future and that will take your concerns seriously.
I have assembled a qualified team–Dan Paschkes and Sherene De Palma for Town Board, and Ira Clair for Town Justice–that will preserve what we love about Pound Ridge and show that vision and responsive leadership, perspective and management experience will deliver the results that we need.
I respectfully ask for your VOTE on Tuesday, November 5th to serve as your next Town Supervisor.