by Rick Pezzullo
The Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees will have three new members following the March 15 election.
Current trustees Jennifer Lobato-Church, Karin Wompa and Dorothy Handelman are all not seeking reelection, opening the door for political newcomers on the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket, who are running unopposed.
Mayor Ken Wray wholeheartedly supports the Unite Sleepy Hollow trio of Rachelle Gebler, Sam Gonzalez, and Sandra Spiro.
“I am very pleased that Sam, Rachelle and Sandra will be campaigning for the opportunity to join me, Glenn (Rosenbloom), John (Leavy) and Denise (Scaglione) on the Village Board,” Wray said. “As our tax base expands over the next 10 years, the village will undergo radical change. We will share a sense of the challenges and priorities for Sleepy Hollow. We want to maintain the diversity and character that Sleepy Hollow is known for. These candidates are pro-active. Their voices, and their eyes and ears, will add value to our work toward securing a visionary future.”
Gebler, a village resident since 2004, is president of the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown that serves approximately 300 families and distributes more than 6,000 pounds of food each month. She is a board member of the Performing Arts Boosters at Sleepy Hollow High School and Middle School and the Kids’ Club of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow that provides funding for programming and basic needs for underserved children in the two villages.
“The village is now in a strong position to enhance opportunities for all current residents,” Gebler said. “This includes our young people and our seniors.”
Gonzalez has been a resident for 25 years. Gonzalez, who has more than 20 years of experience in corporate training and organizational development, has been an active member of the Sleepy Hollow Manor Association over the last few years.
Spiro is a 12-year resident of Sleepy Hollow. A partner in a consulting business that focuses on the food and hospitality industry, Spiro serves on the village Planning Board and is an active member of the congregation of the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns.
“Having had the experience of living in the Manor and, now the Village, my family and I look forward to many years of sharing and growing with the community,” Spiro said. “My goal is to be directly involved with preserving all that we love about the Village of Sleepy Hollow and at the same time allowing for our growth into a renaissance future.”
Lobato-Church, who serves as deputy mayor, is stepping down after two two-year terms. Meanwhile, Wompa, who unsuccessfully challenged Wray last year, is stepping aside after eight years as a trustee
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the Village of Sleepy Hollow, but I look forward to moving on to pursue other interests,” Wompa stated. “As a trustee I have gained an immeasurable understanding and respect for the residents and staff of this village, have had the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds and interests, have developed lifelong friendships and shared in memorable experiences. I am thankful to the residents for their support throughout the years, and I’d especially like to thank the staff of the Village of Sleepy Hollow for their continued support and guidance throughout my term.”
Handelman said she decided not to seek reelection because she may be moving out of the village within the next two years.
“I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve my community in this capacity and I look forward to finding new ways to be of service,” she said.