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Westchester County Legislature District 10

District 10: Eastchester, part of New Rochelle, Tuckahoe.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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    Christopher Garitee
    (Rep, Con, I)

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    Damon R. Maher
    (Dem, WF)

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City/Town of Residence Tuckahoe, NY
Current Political Office Tuckahoe Zoning Board of Appeals
Education Immaculate Conception School; Tuckahoe High School; B.A. Political Science, SUNY Cortland; Juris Doctor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Prior Civic Service Tuckahoe Zoning Board of Appeals; Republican National Lawyers Association (founder and president of Westchester County Chapter); Westchester Bar Association; Volunteer Poll Watcher; Order of the Sons of Italy; Eastchester Italian-American Citizens' Club
Campaign Web Site http://www.ChrisGaritee.com
Campaign Email CGaritee@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 357-3139
Westchester County is the HIGHEST TAXED county in the nation. Due to the consistently increasing property taxes, thousands of residents are fleeing the county. The Democrat led Board of Legislators has proudly compounded this problem by increasing the sales tax by 14%, increasing property taxes, legislating more business regulations, and in the 2019 budget increased spending by over 100 million dollars. As more residents exit the county, the tax burden will continue to grow. While taxes continue to be the #1 issue, Westchester could soon face an energy crisis as no plan has yet to be put forth on how the county will make up for the loss of power from Indian Point. The proposed closure will devastate school districts, leave hundreds without jobs, and to date there has not been an environmental impact statement to determine what will become of the spent fuel rods and the property. Westchester residents and District 10 residents deserve better.
The most important role of a County Legislator is their work on the county budget. The 2019 budget raised the property taxes of every Westchester resident and increased spending by over 100 million dollars. That same budget proposed to sell a revenue generating piece of COUNTY PARKLAND and bond for over 8 million in county tax certs. My opponent, a member of the budget committee, voted in favor of this. But perhaps the most offensive is the regressive sales tax increase of 14%, which is predicted to raise 90 million dollars. The legislators call this "the Tax Payer Protection Act," of which not one dime is going back to the taxpayers in the form of tax relief. Again, my opponent voted in favor of this tax hike. Westchester taxpayers need real tax relief and they need it now. I propose to use 50% of the sales tax increase to lower the county tax levy and return it to the hard working residents of the county. And no matter what, I will NEVER vote to SELL precious PARKLAND.
City/Town of Residence New Rochelle
Current Political Office Westchester County Legislator, 10th District(New Rochelle, Eastchester & Tuckahoe)
Education Archbishop Stepinac High School, Yale College, Fordham Univ. School of Law
Prior Civic Service New Rochelle Public Library (Elected Trustee); New Rochelle Bar Assoc (Trustee); NewRoRunners (Vice Pres.); NewRo Against Racism (Founding member); Yale Alumni Fund (Board member); Westchester Adoptive & Foster Families (Board member); Adoptive Parents Comittee (NYS legislative group); Youth Soccer of New Rochelle (Vice Pres. and coaching coordinator); Giving Circle of Lower Westchester (Grant committee); Coalition for Mutual Respect; NY Democratic Lawyers Council; New Rochelle Snow Angel.
Campaign Web Site http://electdamonmaher.com/
Campaign Email dmaher@levydavis.com
Campaign Phone (917) 685-1001
I have worked hard as part of the new Democratic majority to undo the fiscal damage done in the previous 8 years of a Republican administration, which was leading us down the path to insolvency. A recently enacted, fairer sales tax will freeze the County portion of homeowners’ tax bills and allocate 30% of funds to local towns, villages and school districts -- a total of $2.2 Million in new money to District 10 alone. As Chair of the Labor & Housing Committee, I continue to push developers to create new housing at all levels of affordability. Having led the charge to ban the gun show from the County Center, I continue to propose more ways to protect our communities from the scourge of gun violence. I continue to champion workers’ rights and support local measures to safeguard women’s constitutional rights under the Roe decision. My opponent is endorsed by the pro-Trump, anti-choice Conservative Party of NY and signed a letter supporting the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh.
As Vice-Chair of the Budget & Appropriations Committee, I will continue to make sure that we invest the people’s money to bring savings over the long term by rebuilding neglected connector roads, parkways, bridges, pools and other recreation facilities sooner rather than later, so that we avoid more expensive emergency work in the future. I will resist returning to the old, Republican ways of phony balanced budgets based on one-off sales of valuable public resources, like Playland and the County Airport, just to fill a gap in one year’s budget. Also, we have restored the responsible accounting practice of paying pension contributions and other current obligations with current funds and not incurring higher debt costs. I will continue to identify pockets of expensive over-staffing in various governmental departments. Meanwhile, my opponent has accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations from unions whose contracts we Legislators vote on. I pledge not to take such money.