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Westchester County Legislature District 3

District 3: Mt. Pleasant, Pleasantville and North Castle.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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    Margaret A. Cunzio
    (Rep, Con, I)

Biographical Information

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City/Town of Residence Thornwood, New York
Current Political Office Westchester County Legislator, District 3
Education Byram Hills High School; B.A., Journalism, Iona College; M.S., Education, Fordham University; P.D., Educational Administration, Mercy College; New York State certified teacher and administrator
Prior Civic Service Mount Pleasant Architectural Review Board; Mount Pleasant Recreation Center Seniors Program; Animal advocate and pet rescuer/foster
I believe in representing my district by promoting economic development with responsible growth to help ease the tax burden on residents. The Board of Legislators unanimously passed the Westchester BioScience & Technology lease agreement at the North 60 property in Valhalla. This $1.2 billion project will generate nearly $10 million in new annual tax revenue and create more than 10,000 jobs (both during the construction phase and after) without impacting our schools.

I have advocated for legislation to address public safety, roadway safety, animal rights, preserving our parks and green space, and rebuilding our aging infrastructure- as well preserving Westchester’s history by working to help restore the Miller House (George Washington's Headquarters in North White Plains). We must keep moving forward and I am honored to be able to represent my community- as a lifelong Westchester County resident.
I will continue to approach my position from a nonpartisan perspective, putting common sense and my constituents above partisan politics.

My approach has been—and will continue to be—to provide county services on a cost-effective basis. We need to control government spending and strive for greater efficiency, while maintaining a strong safety net.