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Westchester County Legislature District 2

District 2: Part of Somers, Bedford, Mt. Kisco, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge.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.Bedford NY Town Supervisor, Town Board andWestchester County Legislator – District 2Candidate ForumThursday, October 10, 2019, 7 pmSponsored by the League of Women Voters of North East WestchesterFox Lane Middle School – Auditorium | 632 South Bedford Road | Bedford, New York

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    Gina M. Arena
    (Rep, Con)

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    Kitley S. Covill
    (Dem, WF, I)

Biographical Information

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City/Town of Residence Purdys/Somers
Education graduated John Jay Senior High School attended Kathryn Gibbs
Prior Civic Service -A founder of Foundation for Educating Children with Autism and the Devereux Millwood Learning Center -Founded, Just Imagine Making Miracles Yours, Inc. to help children and their families with financial assistance -Creator and Organizer of yearly toy drive for the holidays at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital -Created and Organized several humanitarian aide collections for 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy
Campaign Phone (914) 534-1130
Twitter @Arena4Dist2
1. Taxes and affordability, 2. Parks 3. Opioid addiction, Mental health, Services for veterans & the disabled
I would like to take a look at where we may be overspending in our district, as well as throughout the county. I will work to hold the line on taxes, while working to find creative ways to curb spending. I will investigate ways to lessen the tax burden, whether it be utilizing grants, sharing services or creating ways to sustain our parks. I would like to bring my knowledge of being a parent of a child with an opioid addiction to the forefront to discuss where we are lacking. Through the mental health department I would like to work together to bring these very important issues to the table and create programs within our communities to address the despair that these addictions bring to families.
City/Town of Residence Bedford
Current Political Office Westchester County Legislator District 2
Education A.B. Kenyon College JD Vermont Law School
Prior Civic Service Inspector General, City of Yonkers. Assistant Chief Deputy Westchester County Attorney. Deputy Counsel, Town of Lewisboro. Special Prosecutor, Town of Lewisboro. Assistant District Attorney, Nassau County. Legal Services of the Hudson Valley staff attorney. Volunteer Ambulance Corp EMT. Volunteer PTA. Volunteer Zoning Board member. Volunteer Planning Board member. Board Chair YWCA.
Campaign Web Site
Campaign Email
Campaign Phone (646) 226-5343
Fiscal Responsibility. County parks maintenance and enhancement. Water quality preservation. Business Hub growth. Law Enforcement support. Collaborative town/county relationships.
The County has a structural deficit that must be addressed. Keeping taxes at or below the tax cap of 2% is a must. In order to fix the structural deficit I have worked with local municipalities to find ways to share services. Additionally we found new sources of funding, such as restoring the Community Block Development Grant money to fund critical County positions eliminated over the last several years and supporting grant opportunities to encourage alternative energy sources and reduced utility costs. I will continue to seek alternative revenue sources while voting to stay at or below the tax cap for county taxes.