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YONKERS COUNCIL DISTRICT 6

Term: 4 years Salary: $48,000
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
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    Anthony J. Merante (R, REF) CPA, Business Owner

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    Matt Orefice (D, WF, WE) Environmental Chemist

  • Tony Pagano (C, IN) Retired former firefighter/Fire Commissioner

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Biographical Information

Please state your approach to the most important issue(s) facing your office.

What is your position on increasing the supply of fair and affordable housing in your community?

City/Town of Residence Yonkers
Current Political Office None
Education BS in Accounting St John's University 1982
Prior Civic Service Sprain Lake Knolls Civic Association, President First Precinct Community Council Yonkers Columbus Committee Treasurer Enrico Fermi Educational Fund
Campaign Web Site http://Merante2017.com
Campaign Email info@merante2017.com
Campaign Phone (914) 361-1420
The most important issue to me is keeping taxes down without sacrificing safety. We accomplish this by growing our tax base. Smart development brings outside buyers. thus increasing sales tax. Not continuously increasing property taxes.
We need to find space that can accommodate additional housing and related parking. Affordable housing is a relative term. Owners of these properties must be kept accountable. I see properties not being maintained as I walk the district.
City/Town of Residence Yonkers, NY
Current Political Office None
Education Master’s in Public Administration, Marist College; B.A. Environmental Science, Boston University
Prior Civic Service Chair, City of Yonkers Commission on Human Rights, 6 years; Advisory Board, Yonkers Partners In Education, 5 years; Member, Yonkers Public School PTA, 3 years; Member, 1st Precinct Community Council (Yonkers), 2 years; Coach, Woodlean Boys and Girls Club, 10 years; Graduation Coach, Yonkers Partners in Education, 4 years; Big Brother, Family Services of Westchester, 7 years
Campaign Web Site http://www.mattforyonkers.com/
Campaign Email oreficeyonkers@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 709-5095
Twitter @mattforyonkers
Residents here have consistently mentioned safety and taxes as key issues. One of the public safety issues is speeding through residential neighborhoods. As a father of two young children, I absolutely agree. I would work with my colleagues on Council to pass legislation that would curb speeding in these areas. Being on the 1st Pct Community Council allows me to listen to our issues and strengthen my relationship with our local police force.
As Chair of the City of Yonkers Commission on Human Rights, I realize the importance of affordable housing here. In the past few years, City Council has taken small steps to ensure that there is enough housing for all. However, setting aside 10% of buildings with more than 100 units is only the first step. While revitalizing the waterfront is a key piece to the future success of Yonkers, I do not support pricing out the current residents, many of whom have spent their entire lives here.
City/Town of Residence Yonkers
Current Political Office None
Education Graduate of High School of Commerce, Yonkers, NY
Prior Civic Service Ronald McDonald House fundraising, NYC Maria Fareri Children's Hospital & the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Campaign Email apagano3@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (914) 965-6094
There are many issues facing my office:

- Education - Taxes - Public Safety - Quality of life

I will approach them with an open mind, and represent the majority of the opinions in the 6th District, as well as the City of Yonkers.
Our community in the 6th District is very diverse and there are plenty of opportunities for fair and affordable housing.

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