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Pound Ridge Town Council {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

Term: 4 years Salary: $9,460

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    Alison Boak
    (Dem, Oth)

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    Carla D. Brand
    (Dem, Oth)

  • David A. Dow
    (Rep, Con, I, SAM)

  • Bonnie J. Schwartz
    (Rep, Con, I, SAM)

Biographical Information

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City/Town of Residence Pound Ridge, NY
Current Political Office Deputy Town Supervisor
Education The Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University Center for Population and Family Health, Master of Public Health, May, 1998. State University of New York at Albany Bachelor of Art, Political Science with a concentration in International Affairs, May 1993, Magna Cum Laude.
Prior Civic Service Pound Ridge Town Board Member (2011-2015) • Liaison to Planning Board, Conservation Board, Energy Action Committee, Business District, Drug Abuse Prevention Council and Landmarks and Historic Preservation • Project Manager for $1.85 NYSDOT Transportation Enhancement Project (TEP) • Co-founder and Co-Chair of the Pound Ridge Water/Wastewater Task Force Pound Ridge Partnership, Founder & Board Member (2010-present) • Pride Day Committee • Harvest Festival Committee • Food Truck Friday Committee
Campaign Web Site http://www.prdems.com/
Campaign Email aliboak@me.com
Campaign Phone (917) 757-4180
I will proactively and collaboratively address important issues facing our town in a fiscally prudent and responsible manner. As a long-time non-profit executive and grant writer, I know how to get things done on a limited budget and how to leverage resources for the greatest impact. I will use these skills to invest in our business district; address our water/wastewater infrastructure problems; protect our environment; & to improve our roads; emergency response, and town program & services.
The lack of affordable housing options in Pound Ridge has long been an issue for many especially seniors looking to downsize and volunteer firefighter personnel who want to live in Pound Ridge. I am committed to working with the newly constituted Housing Board and the community to increase the supply of affordable housing in Pound Ridge especially in the business district.
City/Town of Residence Pound Ridge
Current Political Office First time running for public office
Education Duke University, BA in Public Policy Studies; Pace University Land Use Leadership Alliance Training
Prior Civic Service Member of the Town of Pound Ridge Conservation Board (2017 - present), Member of the Pound Ridge Comprehensive Plan Update Committee (2019 - present)
Campaign Web Site http://www.prdems.com
Campaign Email prdems@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 263-9587
For many in Pound Ridge, their home is their single largest investment. The 2017 SALT cap hurts residents and has been detrimental to home sales. I would work with our state and federal reps to reverse this cap. I would also work to make our town attractive to home buyers through programs like Food Truck Fridays that highlight our vibrant community. Importantly, I'm committed to protecting and preserving the natural resources and community character that make Pound Ridge such a special place.
In 2015, the Pound Ridge Town Board amended our zoning laws to include provisions for multi-family housing. Providing different types of housing can enhance the economic vitality of our community, attract new residents, keep families closer and even make it possible for Seniors to remain in Pound Ridge once they no longer want the upkeep on a single family home. It is an important issue and deserves thoughtful and purposeful planning.
City/Town of Residence Pound Ridge
Current Political Office Town Board
Education Graduate Degrees in Science and Law
Prior Civic Service Town Board Library District President
Campaign Email voteprdow@gmail.com
Twitter @dowcd18
Pound Ridge is a unique Westchester town and there is a reason people are drawn here. My approach to addressing the most important issues in town is driven by thee principles: Preserving what is good. Protecting our property values and promoting change where needed.
Housing costs are considerable in the entire region and our community is no exception. Most of our properties in town are large single family homes. Our community would benefit from a more diverse selection of housing options that serves the needs of those who don't have the financial resources for these types of homes or find them impractical for other reasons.
City/Town of Residence Pound Ridge
Education Associate in Applied Science
Prior Civic Service Prior town board member 2013-2017
Campaign Web Site http://PoundRidge2019.com
Campaign Email Mhs101@optonline.net
Campaign Phone (914) 629-3727
On a daily basis, the most important issue facing our town is managing the budget in an environment where we have revenues decreasing and costs increasing. Tax payers are over burdened with rising prices and daily living expenses. My job, if elected, will be to achieve more with less while still maintaining and even increasing services to the taxpayer. It is a balancing act and one that requires constant overview. With my prior experience on the board, it is one that is attainable.
I will work with all the boards to make sure that our codes meet the criteria to supply fair and affordable housing in our community. One of the first positions I took when I got into office as a town board member 6 years ago was to adopt the required changes to our codes to encourage affordable housing. The costs associated with the environmental challenges our town faces and lack of waste water treatment infrastructure within the town continues to impede building for affordable housing.