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Westchester County Legislature District 1

District 1: Cortlandt, part of Peekskill, part of Yorktown.Term: 2 years Salary: $49,200 BaseDuties: Among the duties of each County Legislator is to enact laws dealing with the County and its residents; to adopt an annual budget and to levy taxes; to determine the structure of County Government and the number of County employees and their salaries; and to initiate new projects and programs as the need arises. There are 17 County Districts.

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  • Frank A. Catalina
    (Rep, Con, I)

  • Colin D. Smith
    (Dem, WF)

Biographical Information

Identify and prioritize the most important issues facing your District and the County, as a whole.

What would be your approach for the priorities in balancing the County's budget?

City/Town of Residence Peekskill
Current Political Office Ex-Mayor of Peekskill
Education BA Mercy College 1978 JD University of Bridgeport JD Quiinnipiac Law School
Prior Civic Service Elks Clum Rotary club and other numerous community organizations
Campaign Web Site
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone (914) 760-1570
Twitter @NONE
Closing of Indian Point Homelessness and shelter locations
stop gimmicks. Cut waste and fraud no Property tax increases until cuts are made. tax increases as a last resort

As Mayor of Peekskill, we had such a fiscal problem, there was no way to tax our way out of it, so I 'grew' our way out of with smart green growth. We added 524 new residential housing units and 23 commercial
City/Town of Residence Peekskill
Current Political Office Peekskill Common Council
Education BA Philosophy from Cedarville Univ. (OH) Juris Doctor from Pace Law School (NY)
Prior Civic Service Peekskill Board Education from 2012-2018
Campaign Web Site
Campaign Phone (914) 564-4369
Twitter @Colin4WestCnty
Within my District, there are several important issues residents are facing: In the Buchanan/Verplanck areas of Cortlandt, residents are facing job losses and significant shortfalls in tax revenue as a result of the Indian Point closure. The Yorktown portion of my district, residents are faced with the prospect of NYSEG raising rates on electricity, as well new residential development which places a burden on schools and roadways. In Peekskill, constituents need fair representation, our Climate Smart City green initiatives must expand (repairing old buildings, identifying and replacing old infrastructure, building a community solar project), tax base must be grown, and mutually beneficial collaboration between the city and the school district must continue.
One way to potentially increase revenue is by taking advantage of Westchester's robust and ever-increasing tourism to find new streams of revenue at without increasing the tax burden on residents.