TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Elections for village trustee are less than a month away, and The Daily Tarrytown is preparing by asking each Tarrytown trustee candidate 10 questions about local issues, what they hope to accomplish and why residents should vote for them.
Six candidates are running for three open seats on the board of Trustees. Incumbents Thomas Basher, Mary McGee and Robert Hoyt are running on the Democratic and Tarrytown United line. Challengers Alison Boldyrev, Eleanor Miscioscia and Christine Miscioscia are running on the Republican line.
The following questionnaire was filled out by Christine Miscioscia. For previous questionnaires, visit our topics page .
Please tell us a little bit about you:
I am an experienced healthcare administrator. I currently hold a bachelor's of science degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University. I have been a lifelong resident of Tarrytown for 28 years. I grew up initially on the south-end of town, but have lived one block north of Main Street, on Storm Street since I was 14 years old in the house where my mother was raised.
What qualifications make you the best candidate for village trustee?
I feel that I am a young, fresh person with a new outlook and perspective on issues facing the village.
What committees and organization are you involved with in the village and area?
I am a current member of the Young Republicans. During my college years I participated in Habitat for Humanity in multiple areas in the northeast and central eastern states.
How would you address the tax cap and residents' concerns about higher taxes?
I am in agreement with having a tax cap because our taxes are already high and if there is no tax cap, then there is no limit to how high the village taxes can go.
What are your opinions on affordable housing and Westchester's Housing Settlement?
I believe that everyone is entitled to housing and agree that affordable housing is a good option, but there should be a limit to how much affordable housing is in one area.
What are your opinions on the new Tappan Zee Bridge and how would you address residents' concerns with construction and increased traffic?
A new bridge is necessary, but the impact on Tarrytown needs to be evaluated and discussed. The current board is not addressing anything in regards to the bridge and they are turning residents to county-run meetings, when we should be having our own meetings. We are going to be affected as a village. I would address the residents concerns with having meetings where they can voice their questions and concerns.
What are your opinions on the lawsuit Tarrytown has filed against Sleepy Hollow concerning the General Motors redevelopment?
The information around this lawsuit has all been discussed in boards executive sessions, which the public is not allowed to be present at and not privy to the details. As such I cannot comment on this.
What are your thoughts on working with other municipalities and government agencies to share services?
I feel it is always good to work with other municipalities and agencies to combine and share services as long as it will assist and better things in the village in the long run.
What other issues need to be addressed within the village?
Employee education and training needs to be addressed. More recreation and activities that can help increase revenue for the village. Re-instate 3rd Friday, where all store fronts on Main Street and Broadway can participate and have specials, activities and entertainment that will attract consumers. Open forums and communication at the board meetings need to be present. We also need to work on filling empty store fronts that are seemingly more visible through town, in order to help increase revenue.
Why are you running for the position of village trustee?
I am currently running because the board is in need of some new and fresh ways of looking at and handling issues. The current board has become somewhat one dimensional, and I feel that there needs to be some balance brought to the board. We need to bring the community back together and bring the "town" back to Tarrytown.
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