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Term: 4 years Salary: $36,471

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    Katherine Brezler
    (WF)

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    Andrew C. Custodio
    (Rep)

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    Anne Marie Encarnacao
    (Rep)

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    Nadine M. Hunt-Robinson
    (Dem, WF)

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    Brian J. Peroni
    (Rep)

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    Victoria F. Presser
    (Dem)

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    Jennifer L. Puja
    (Dem, WF)

Biographical Information

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What is your position on increasing the supply of fair and affordable housing in your community?

City/Town of Residence White Plains, NY
Education CUNY, Herbert H. Lehman, BA CUNY, Herbert H. Lehman, MA Education CUNY, Hunter, MA Urban Affairs
Prior Civic Service I’m a community organizer, an active member of Hudson Valley Stonewall Democrats, the League of Women Voters, and Hispanic Democrats of Westchester. I’m also a labor organizer and a leader in Vote for Animal Rights as well as a staunch fighter for voting rights for all White Plains residents.
Campaign Web Site http://www.katbrezler.com/
Campaign Email kat@katbrezler.com
Campaign Phone (212) 239-7323
Twitter @KatBrezler
Expanding the city's mandate to 10% for low income and 10% for affordable housing through guarantees in their PILOTs (payment in lieu of taxes), creating an annual pass for residents and allowing zones to vote for overnight parking, developing a compost program for food scraps, and building a community garden for Battle Hill.
If you work in the city you should be able to live in the city and right now people can't. The starting salaries for the people who pick up our garbage and our police officers qualifies them for low income housing and right now we're not building anything for them. That's why we need to increase the number of units being built in White Plains.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office Does not currently hold political office
Education B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Campaign Web Site http://andrewcustodio.com
Campaign Email acusto02@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (914) 374-5652
Bringing government transparency to the people of White Plains is an important issue facing common council. I decided to enter the race because the current council members in office have not been forthcoming about issues that White Plains is facing. Making sure that the taxpayers are not paying more than they have to in taxes and other sources of revenue that the city places on its resident, like parking tickets. Keeping taxes low and bringing small businesses back is important to me too.
It is important to increase the supply of fair and affordable housing in my community because by doing so, White Plains can maintain its great diversity. Diversity is what makes White Plains such a great city to live, work, and be entertained in. Balance is key to a successful, prosperous and happy city.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Education WPHS, Westchester Community College AAS Criminal Justice
Prior Civic Service Pres of the Highlands Civic Association and VP of The Council of Neighborhood Associations
Campaign Email encarnacao@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (914) 774-2764
The most important issue facing the office is listening to what the community says and wants by helping/assisting to get it done. The biggest problem I see right now that the residents are communicating is our downtown and the empty storefronts, which results in no downtown "life" and a low sales tax. We need to attract small businesses, have more community events, and utilize our downtown to bring the community together.
Fair Housing is definitely needed in our city and not at the rates that are being used for the upcoming approved projects. We need to require developers to make more units in these developments to be truly affordable for those living in our city and for senior citizens. Senior citizen affordable housing has a three year waiting list and that is truly acceptable.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office Common Council Member
Education Villanova Law School, JD Adelphi University, BA
Prior Civic Service Chair, White Plains Recreational Advisory Committee; Past Chair, Mayor's Youth Board; President, Women's Ministry, First Community Baptist Church; Silver Life Member, NAACP - White Plains/Greenburgh Chapter; Member, Women's Club of White Plains; Past Board Member, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Pi Iota Omega Graduate Chapter; Past Treasurer, Sterling Manor Condominium Association, White Plains, NY
Campaign Web Site http://www.vote4robinson.com
Campaign Phone (914) 315-7311
Twitter @NHR10606
As a Common Council Member, I have served the residents of White Plains based on the following vision for our City: (1) maintain the right balance between strong economic growth, particularly downtown, and important quality of life issues; (2) focus on financial best practices for the City and fiscally sound City budgets below the property tax cap; and (3) safeguard the unique character of our City by supporting policies and programs that enhance inclusiveness in all sectors.
I am always looking for ways to improve our City, and the recent expansion of our City's affordable housing program ensures that White Plains remains accessible to people of varied income levels. In addition, a few years ago I championed an increase to the SCRIE/DRIE protections for seniors and disabled residents. I believe fair and affordable housing is vital to maintaining the diversity that makes our City a great place to live, work and play.
City/Town of Residence White Plains N.Y.
Current Political Office None, seeking a seat on the White Plains Common Council.
Education High School Graduate Some College
Prior Civic Service Little League Coach, volunteered in WP's School District-cooking classes and teaching nutrition and healthy eating.
Campaign Web Site http://peroniforwpcc.com
Campaign Email info@peroniforwpcc.com
Campaign Phone (914) 419-3838
Twitter @peroniforwpcc
We need balance on the Common Council. We need to look closely at the budget and search ways to cut spending without increasing our taxes. We need to increase revenue from local businesses and find ways to make it easy to own and operate a small business. We need to address the excessive issuing of parking fines so non residents will come and shop in our businesses.
i would like to see more affordable senior housing. I would also like to seemore affordable business rents for residents who want to start a business in White plains but can`t afford the rent.We need to empower our youngsters to become entrepreneurs. We should be able to supply affordable housing when working with the developers of new projects. I will negotiate with the developers to provide more than the standard 10%that they are required to do.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office none
Education M.S. in Journalism, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; B.A. in English and American Literature, Brandeis University
Prior Civic Service Founding Board of Directors, Friends of White Plains Youth Bureau; President, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains; Board of Directors, Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services; Post Road School PTA; Bronx Community Planning Board 7 (1975 – 1981)
Campaign Email vpresser@aol.com
Campaign Phone (914) 419-9201
to my mind, a city is a living organism, and living organisms need to grow and change in order to remain alive. However, it is our responsbility as members of the Common Council to make sure that development -- downtown and throughout the city -- is responsible and benefits our city as a whole. To that end I pledge to research all applications thoroughly, listen thoughtfully to community comments and concerns, engage with community groups, and give my best considered judgment.
The White Plains Common Council recently passed significant changes to the city’s Affordable Rental Housing Program, expanding the program in several ways, including.making it applicable citywide in areas where multi-family housing with 10 or more units is permitted by the Zoning Code, and expanding eligibility to those whose incomes are 50% of AMI. I look forward to working to expand the program even further, to assure that everyone of all demographics and income levels can live here.
City/Town of Residence White Plains
Current Political Office N/A
Education Bachelor's Degree: Humanistic Communications (summa cum laude) Masters Degree: Childhood Education (summa cum laude) Masters Degree: Literacy (summa cum laude)
Campaign Web Site http://facebook.com/pujaforwp
Maintaining opportunities and access to services for all is important for the residents of White Plains. We are fortunate enough to live in a city with exceptional services and opportunities. Creating and maintaining the opportunities for families, seniors and youth will help keep the future of our city continuously strong.
I strongly support increasing the supply of fair and affordable housing in our community. I am proud of the recent efforts of our current administration in succeeding to expand affordable housing options for all. I am committed to making sure White Plains is a community with quality, safe, housing options for people at every stage of life and every income level.