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Term: 4 years Salary: $36,471Link: Video of LWV of White Plains Candidate Meeting2017 Candidate Meeting, sponsored by the LWV:Wednesday, October 25, 7 pm - 9:30 pmWhite Plains High School Auditorium550 North Street, White Plains
CHOOSE TWO CANDIDATES FROM BELOW TO COMPARE
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    Justin C. Brasch (D, IN) Attorney

  • Cass V. Cibelli (R, REF)

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    Andrew C. Custodio (R, REF) Engineer

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    Alan D. Goldman (R, C, REF) Alloy Printing-COO

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    John B. Kirkpatrick (D, IN) Attorney

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    Michael Kraver (WF) Lawyer (in-house at Sharp Electronics Corporation)

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    John M. Martin (D, IN) Attorney

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    Saad Turab Siddiqui (withdrew) (WF) Attorney

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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 White Plains, NY
Current Political Office White Plains Planning Board, Appointed Member
Education Hunter College High School; Williams College, B.A.; Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
Prior Civic Service Westchester County Legislature's Citizens Budget Advisory Committee Member (2005-2016); Member of White Plains Multimodal Transportation Center Stakeholder Task Force; Former Member of White Plains School Board Budget Advisory Committee; Former Member of NYC Sierra Club Political Committee; Former Member of Executive Committee of New York State Democratic Committee; Former Executive Committee Member of Mid-Manhattan NAACP
STANDING UP FOR OUR VALUES: Protect the needs and rights of our immigrant communities and work to ensure that White plains is a city where all feel welcome and safe, regardless of race, nationality, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. PROTECTING OUR NEIGHBORHOODS: Preserve and enhance our parks and open spaces, and continue to make White Plains a "green" city. TAXES AND SPENDING: Use proven cost-saving strategies to continue holding down taxes and providing high quality services.
Currently, the City of White Plain requires 10% of newly constructed multi-family housing developments in downtown White Plains to be designated for affordable housing. As a council member, I would like to explore expanding the 10% mandate for multi-family affordable housing in downtown White Plains to the entire City. I believe we should also explore assisting existing non-profit organizations working to create affordable housing in White Plains.
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City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office Does not currently hold political office
Education B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Campaign Web Site http://andrewcustodio.com
Campaign Email acusto02@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 374-5652
Bringing government transparency to the people of White Plains is an important issue facing common council. I decided to enter the race because the current council members in office have not been forthcoming about issues that White Plains is facing. Making sure that the taxpayers are not paying more than they have to in taxes and other sources of revenue that the city places on its resident, like parking tickets. Keeping taxes low and bringing small businesses back is important to me too.
It is important to increase the supply of fair and affordable housing in my community because by doing so, White Plains can maintain its great diversity. Diversity is what makes White Plains such a great city to live, work, and be entertained in. Balance is key to a successful, prosperous and happy city.
City/Town of Residence White Plains, New York
Current Political Office WP Common Council Candidate
Education Attended University of Louisville
Campaign Web Site http://alanforwpcouncil.com
Campaign Email adg@pipwestchester.com
Campaign Phone (914) 424-5852
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City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office Common Council
Education BA U of Penn; MRP Cornell; JD Pace University School of Law
Prior Civic Service VP Carhart Association 74-77; Code Enforcement Chair Fisher Hill Association s77-84; wrote the City’s Zoning Ordinance 1982; Pack & Den Leader, Cub Scouts 89-98; 30 years Ridgeview Congregational Church, including Trustee and Moderator; Friendly Gathering Board 95-05; Co-chair SEEC Open Space Committee 10-11; Dir. Legal Aid Society 85-99 and VP 97-99; Pro Bono Chair Westchester County Bar Association 95-97; Westchester Chair NY League of Conservation Voters 00 – 06; Sec West Parks Foundation
TAXES & SPENDING: Use cost effective strategies to provide quality services, thereby holding down taxes while continuing to ensure fiscal stability. TRANSPARENCY in GOVERNMENT: involve citizens, civic groups and neighborhood associations in all aspects of City government; continue open and transparent decision-making. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: continue the model used for the Trans Center plan with citizen – volunteer involvement. PROTECT the ENVIRONMENT: preserve, protect & maintain parks/open spaces
Continue the successful policy of requiring a reasonable percentage of affordable housing in all new developments, as well as increasing the percentage both in developments and in the types of developments affected. Create a bonus mechanism combining increased affordable housing, historic preservation, appropriate parking requirements and increased height and density.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office I do not currently hold political office.
Education White Plains High School, 1995. University of Pennsylvania, 1999 (B.A. English). University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2002 (J.D.)
Prior Civic Service Friends of White Plains Public Schools: Board Member since 2013. White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations: Co-Vice President since December 2015. White Plains Democratic City Committee: District Leader since July 2010. League of Women Voters of WP Forum About Downtown WP: Planning Committee Member. White Plains City and School District Shared Services Committee: Member (appointed by then-Mayor Adam Bradley), from February 2010 until the committee disbanded.
Campaign Web Site http://kraverforcouncil.org/
Campaign Email kraver@me.com
Campaign Phone (646) 483-7956
Twitter @MichaelKraver
Of all the local issues that are important to me, two stand out: (1) our downtown is deteriorating, and (2) our housing market is neither maximizing value for homeowners nor creating affordable opportunities for families who want to settle here. The problems with our housing market are impacting the special character of our public schools, which have historically attracted people from the various neighborhoods across White Plains and provided a great, diverse, community for students to learn in.
Our current conversation about “affordable housing” is far too limited. Isolating a few units in luxury rental buildings as affordable housing is a good thing to do, but is not sufficient. We have to present a diversity of housing options to people who want to live here. Many people who want to live in WP, at various stages of the life cycle, are not looking for units in luxury rental apartment buildings, and are not able to find the kind of housing they want at a price they can afford.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office Councilman
Education BS Business Admin. Villanova University JD Pace University School of Law
Prior Civic Service Chair, Comprehensive Plan & Comprehensive Plan Update; Past Treasurer and Chair White Plains Business Improvement District (BID); Founder and Chair, White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee; Past Chair & Member, White Plains Board of Assessment Review; Past Vice Chair, White Plains Urban Renewal Agency; Board Member, Irish Arts Center, NYC; Past President, Fisher Hill Neighborhood Assoc.
Campaign Email jmmartin@allnyt.com
Campaign Phone (914) 686-0239
Going forward, there is still much to do. We face a continuing challenge to meet the state mandated tax cap but I will work to do so by exploring additional cost savings such as our innovating “pave in place” process or look for revenue sources such as the fees we charge the motion picture industry. We must support our downtown businesses where possible. I continue to support an expansion of our Business Imp.District to extend to the important city gateway of the train station and WP Hospital.
I fully support the city's requirement that new developments include affordable housing units. I am proud to have supported developments which are bringing or will bring over 400 units of needed affordable housing to our city. I will look to support future, reasonable development to add to this substantial count of affordable housing units.
City/Town of Residence White Plains, New York
Current Political Office Candidate for White Plains Common Council
Education White Plains High School (1996) University of Rochester (B.A., History - 2000) Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University (Formerly Pace Law School) (J.D. - 2007)
Prior Civic Service Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union: Board Member Criminal Justice Institute at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law: Board Member Youth Shelter Program of Westchester County, An Alternative to Incarceration: Board Member since 2White Plains Democratic City Committee: District Leader
Campaign Web Site http://saadforcouncil.com/
Campaign Email saadforcouncil@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 924-0496
Our City government must be more transparent, obtain greater input from City residents, implement projects faster and more efficiently (which would be easily accomplished with a revised comprehensive plan), and eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic barriers to economic growth. Our Common Council needs more people on it who care about the quality of life of EACH White Plains resident and are committed to making sure that EVERY segment of our community thrives.
Too many downtown development projects in the last decade have been geared towards building luxury rental developments. This has resulted in a lack of available affordable housing options for many perspective White Plains residents or current residents looking to downsize. We need to push for diversity in our development that will create a greater selection of affordable housing options for families who want to move here.

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