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Westchester County Legislator District 15

District 15: Bronxville, part of Yonkers.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.2017 Candidate Meeting, sponsored by the LWV:Monday, October 23, 7:15 pmReisinger AuditoriumSarah Lawrence College1 Mead Way, Bronxville
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    Gordon A. Burrows (R, C, IN, REF) Attorney

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    Ruth Walter (D, WF, WE) Small Business Owner

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City/Town of Residence Yonkers
Current Political Office Westchester County Legislator, District 15
Education Undergraduate degree from Ithaca College. Graduated St. John’s School of Law, 1984.
Prior Civic Service City of Yonkers Councilman for ten years
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Campaign Phone (914) 491-9436
Ensuring the quality of life to the Westchester County residents while protecting the overburdened taxpayer. Westchester County must continue to deliver all essential services. At the same time, fiscal integrity is required by ensuring responsible budgets which eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending. Over the past 7 years I have worked in a bipartisan coalition to pass responsible balanced budgets that have not increased the tax levy on the homeowners while preserving the County’s bond status. My 22 years of public service and my 33 years of experience as a practicing attorney coupled with the leadership positions I have held give me invaluable insight into local government. Additionally, it is vitally important that we protect our environment with an eye toward protecting our water, air and property while addressing the potential flooding issues created by the surrounding Bronx River and Saw Mill River.

Continuing to adhere to a philosophy of not raising taxes and streamlining government spending while developing all opportunities to increase the tax base through smart development. We in government should ensure companies do not flee Westchester County to other states with lower taxes or impose nuisance fees that inhibit growth and cripple development. The North 60 project just approved by the County Board of Legislators is the largest development project in Westchester’s history. The project will bring in thousands of jobs and over 9 million dollars in taxes; once fully developed. Over the past several years over 44,000 jobs have been created or preserved enhancing the County’s tax base which will help with sustaining and balancing future budgets. Continuing to explore public/private enterprises such as created with North 60 project and Playland is a sample of how further development in Westchester County should be explored.
City/Town of Residence Bronxville, NY
Current Political Office n/a
Education A.B. Princeton University 1988
Prior Civic Service Current Library Trustee/Treasurer Court Clerk, Bronxville Justice Court ChristmPTA event organizer Girl Scout Leader
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Campaign Phone (646) 528-8184
We in Westchester have a wonderful County with great public transportation, parks and communities we can be proud of. Many families move here for our public amenities and stay to enjoy the benefits. In my district, the Sprain Ridge Pool has been closed for 6 years. Why? Because the funding necessary to fix it was not a priority for the current administration. Because they were penny wise, the cost to fix the public pool has more than doubled in 6 years. Neglect and dysfunction serves no one, certainly not the taxpayer. The role of government role is first of all public safety, including military, police and fire. The second role of government is infrastructure, because without good roads, up-to-date schools, transportation, water facilities, waste treatment systems and utilities, no business or home can thrive. Finally, the third role of government is to care for the least among us, so that no one goes to bed hungry in the richest county in America or goes to bed in a car or park bench
Our legislature has not provided enough checks and balances to the County Executive who is seeking higher office. His Zero Tax Increase is a trick because to achieve the overall flat property tax levy, he has proposed (and succeeded in) selling county assets, borrowing for current expenses and depleting our rainy day funds. This will lead to higher costs down the road. As a Democrat, I will hold the budget process to the same standards as I do at my business or at the Public Library where I am Trustee: the most efficient use of tax dollars and no tricks. Another example of poor budgeting is not setting aside money for the outstanding CSEA contract which will have back pay increases. This demoralization of the county staff shows a poor manager. We can do better! logo


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