by Rick Pezzullo
Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray will be running for a fifth two-year term on a slate with three incumbent trustees and an incumbent village justice in what is shaping up to be an uncontested March 21 election.
Wray, who lives in Webber Park and first joined the board as a trustee in 2007, is at the head of the Unite Sleepy Hollow ticket that also includes trustees Glenn Rosenbloom, John Leavy and Denise Scaglione and Village Justice Andres Valdespino.
“I am proud to be running for reelection with trustees Rosenbloom, Scaglione and Leavy. We’ve made a good team bringing stability and civility to village government while accomplishing important work in our two years together,” Wray said. “We are pleased that Andres Valdespino is joining our efforts in his run for village justice.”
“Our village is undergoing dramatic changes. Projected growth, unprecedented in our history, must be thoughtfully considered and effected,” Wray said. “What we do today will be felt by the generations in Sleepy Hollow to come. The people who are running as Unite Sleepy Hollow are knowledgeable and caring. They have proven themselves as such.”
Rosenbloom, who serves as deputy mayor, is running for a third term. He previously served as chairman of the village’s Planning Board. Leavy and Scaglione, who both reside in Philipse Manor, are seeking their second terms. Valdespino is running for his third four-year term on the bench overseeing a variety of criminal, civil and local ordinance matters.
Unite Sleepy Hollow, a non-partisan political committee, was created in 2015 and easily swept a slate of Democratic candidates, led by former Trustee Karin Wompa. Last year, Unite Sleepy Hollow candidates Sandra Spiro, Sam Gonzales and Rachelle Gebler ran unopposed for trustee seats.
Over the last two years, the board has pledged to provide “an open, transparent government” by upgrading the village website and televised public meetings.
In addition, Sleepy Hollow has completed construction of the largest infrastructure project in the village’s history with a new water tank and broken ground for the Edge-on-Hudson development on the former General Motors site and the village-owned “East Parcel.”
The Board of Trustees also blocked a request from Edge-on-Hudson to the Mt. Pleasant Development Authority for a Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) that would have removed the project from the village and school district tax rolls.