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Westchester County Legislator 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 (R, C, IN, REF) Educator

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    Daren B. Tolz (D, WF, WE) Math Teacher for high needs students

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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
Westchester has the highest taxes in the United States. Young people are leaving Westchester because they can’t afford to live here. Senior citizens can’t spend their retirement years in the communities where they raised their families.

I supported a budget with a 0% tax levy increase, while still increasing funding for public safety and maintaining the County’s support for our parks and various non-profit partner groups.

I believe in promoting economic development to help ease the tax burden on local residents. In 2017, 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 without impacting our schools.

I have advocated for legislation to address roadway safety, ban synthetic drugs, rebuild our aging infrastructure and preserve Westchester’s history. We must keep moving forward.
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 social safety net.

Due to astute fiscal management, Westchester County ended the 2016 fiscal year with a $1.5 million surplus.
City/Town of Residence Armonk, NY
Current Political Office n/a
Education B.S. Computer Science M.B.A. Management/Finance M.Ed. Education (Math and Special Education)
Prior Civic Service Co-Founded Indivisible Armonk Former board member local
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Campaign Phone (914) 393-6763
Twitter @darentolz
* Advocate for fiscal responsibility. End asset sales and excessive borrowing. Fight privatization of the airport * Demand transparent communication. Secret negotiations and last-minute budget additions are not acceptable. * Defend equality for all of our residents and uphold our rights. Work for women's rights and to pass the Immigrant Protection Act. * Maintain a firm commitment to social services. The current reductions create long term problems. * Protect our environment from risks such as the airport privatization. Support our public parks. * Promote economic development to create an economy that works for all of us. * Stand for our principles. We should not bring firearms into our community by sponsoring a gun show.
First we need to spend time reviewing the current budget. Based on the publicly available information, there are many improprieties. This would likely involve a 3rd party review of our finances.

We will not sell assets unless absolutely necessary, and if that became necessary we would involve the citizens in making those decisions.

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