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10 Questions: Tarrytown Candidate Alison Boldyrev

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 Boldyrev. Check back during the next two weeks for each of the other candidates' answers. For previous questionnaires, visit our topics page .

Please tell us a little bit about you:

My name is Alison Boldyrev. I am the office manager of my husband’s construction company and stay-at-home mother of four. I grew up in Rockland County, where my parents, sister and brother still reside. In 1996 I attended Marymount College, where I met my husband, Alexey. He attended Marymount, as an EF student, for one year. We both fell in love with the village. After we married, we purchased our home in the Pennybridge section. We’ve been married 11 years.

What qualifications make you the best candidate for village trustee?

I’d say it is my willingness to go the extra mile on all issues. I am committed to seeing all sides of a situation and finding the best solution for Tarrytown. As a mother it is my job to keep the peace and unity of my family, and as trustee I am committed to doing the same for our village. I will bring in a fresh perspective and energy that the current board is lacking.

What committees and organizations are you involved with in the village and area?

I am a current member of the Tarrytown Recreational Advisory Council, an active member of the American Kennel Club of Rockland, a second grade CCD Teacher, an active member of PTSA, Daisy troop leader, a member of the Young Republicans of Westchester and member of the Women’s Republican Club.

How would you address the tax cap and residents' concerns about higher taxes?

I would be committed to reining in spending and staying within the current tax cap. I believe the residents of Tarrytown are taxed enough already. I want to see more inventive ways of increasing revenue and paying down our ever increasing debt of $46 million. If my husband and I ran our household the way the incumbents are running Tarrytown, my family would be in trouble. Tarrytown cannot afford to continue its reckless spending while taxing homeowners out of their homes.

What are your opinions on affordable housing and Westchester's Housing Settlement?

I think there is nothing wrong with what’s popularly known as “affordable housing,” but it is not the business of any state or federal agency to tell my village where, when and how many units Tarrytown should have. This is a local issue that should be handled by the village board. I am never in favor of big government bullying local government and local residents.

What are your opinions on the new Tappan Zee Bridge and how would you address residents' concerns with construction and increased traffic?

The new Tappan Zee Bridge is a very serious issue in regards to the quality of life of our residents. I feel the current board has only been addressing the mass-transit option of the bridge when there are far greater issues that affect our village. The incumbents that are up for election have said and done nothing in respect to the new bridge. How will we deal with the impact of construction in and around the Quay for at least five years? Do our neighbors have a forum to voice their concerns? How is our current board dealing with these issues? Why have we not heard more from them? I would ask all of Tarrytown to trust that I will get the best results from this impending project and keep everyone well informed as to what is going on.

What are your opinions on the lawsuit Tarrytown has filed against Sleepy Hollow concerning the General Motors redevelopment?

I don’t think it is appropriate to take divisive action against our neighboring village. Is this a sound lawsuit? If we do not win this lawsuit then not only have we spent our money in legal fees but we risk also paying Sleepy-Hollow’s legal fees as well due to a countersuit. Instead, we should be taking care of ourselves and focusing on the issue at hand: traffic. Would we like another municipality telling us what we can or cannot do with our land? The obvious answer is no.

What are your thoughts on working with other municipalities and government agencies to share services?

I am in complete agreement that we should be looking into shared services. This should be done in such a way that maximizes our village taxes and quality of life.

What other issues need to be addressed within the village?

The biggest issues concerning our village are the reckless spending, the new Tappan Zee Bridge and ever-increasing debt. I also have deep concerns about undertaking such an elaborate project at Pierson Park during these difficult economic times.

Why are you running for the position of village trustee?

I am running for trustee because I feel I can give the taxpayers of this village a proper voice in all issues that affect Tarrytown. I am not comfortable with a passive presence and unbalance in the powers of government. I will be an active leader and bring balance to the board. I care deeply about our village.

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