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 Eleanor Miscioscia. Check back during the next week for more candidates' answers. For previous questionnaires, visit our topics page .
Please tell us a little bit about you:
I am a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, for the last 59 years, living in the house I grew up in on Storm Street, which was originally owned by my grandparents. I am a Registered Nurse and I am currently the Director of Nursing at Maryknoll Sisters in Maryknoll, N.Y.
What qualifications make you the best candidate for village trustee?
My managerial skills, having 20-plus years in Nursing Administration and being a lifelong resident of the village make me an excellent candidate to be village trustee.
What committees and organization are you involved with in the village and area?
I had been involved in Girl Scouts and TNT Softball while my daughter was growing up. I also taught CCD at Transfiguration. I have also participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
How would you address the tax cap and residents' concerns about higher taxes?
I feel the tax cap is something that is needed and should be enforced in Tarrytown.
What are your opinions on affordable housing and Westchester's Housing Settlement?
I feel affordable housing should be made available to everyone, but in the same regard I do not feel anyone should be given a free ride.
What are your opinions on the new Tappan Zee Bridge and how would you address residents' concerns with construction and increased traffic?
The bridge is needed, but to build a bridge without including mass transit would make a new bridge obsolete quickly. It is a shame that the government is fast tracking the bridge after it has been in planning for the last 10 years and now they are ignoring the voices of the concerned citizens of the village.
What are your opinions on the lawsuit Tarrytown has filed against Sleepy Hollow concerning the General Motors redevelopment?
The information in regards to this lawsuit has not been made available to the public so therefore I cannot comment adequately but feel that any lawsuit initiated against Sleepy Hollow is another way that the current board is not wisely spending the Tarrytown taxpayers' money.
What are your thoughts on working with other municipalities and government agencies to share services?
I feel we should consolidate services with other municipalities and share as much as possible. Current staffing should be reviewed and stream lined.
What other issues need to be addressed within the village?
Employee health insurance coverage, employee contribution. Revitalizing downtown. More recreation activities. Open Board Meetings. Sessions for one-on-one with residents. Suggestion boxes placed throughout the village for residents to put notes in.
Why are you running for the position of village trustee?
To bring the "town" back to Tarrytown and because there is a need for a community, for the community to come together and time to heal.
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