by Rick Pezzullo –
Incumbents Karen Brown and Robert Hoyt and first-time candidate Paul Rinaldi have been endorsed by Tarrytown United and the Tarrytown Democratic Committee for three seats on the village Board of Trustees and will be unopposed in the November 6 election.
Brown, owner of Hudson Barter Exchange, will be serving a second two-year term, while Hoyt, a senior manager at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, will be serving a seventh term. Trustee Mary McGee decided not to seek a seventh term. Rinaldi, a Clinical Psychologist with a specialty in addiction, has served on the Village Ethics Committee since its inception more than 10 years ago.
“I am running because I have wanted to be able to serve the community that has given so much to me and to my family. I am excited at the possibility to serve with such a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Trustees and mayor,” Rinaldi said. “I look forward to learning from them and I hope that my professional and personal experience will enhance the process of making the important decisions that will guide us into the future.”
“Through my experience on the Ethics Committee I learned how our village government works and began to appreciate the complexities of managing a village no matter the size,” stated Rinaldi, a village resident for 19 years. “I deeply care about Tarrytown and believe that it is truly a special community because of the commitment that residents have to the town and to the maintenance of the wonderful balances that define us as a village.”
Brown said that during her first term she has acted as a liaison to the Tarrytown business community with the aim to help existing businesses thrive and bring new enterprises into the village.
“Our Main Street is more vibrant than ever, and the village is well poised for economic growth, with investors wanting to build and do business here,” she said. “Most recently, plans are being considered to redevelop the under-utilized retail space on Broadway. However, these opportunities also pose challenges, including increased congestion and rising housing costs, that could threaten the culture and quality of life that Tarrytown residents hold dear.”
“In addition to my work on downtown development, I also am proud to be part of the Board’s many other efforts to improve our village’s quality of life,” Brown stated. “I’ve always believed that Tarrytown’s success is rooted in smart, dedicated residents working together on the full range of important issues. It is our goal to enhance community outreach. I encourage more residents to please come to public meetings every first and third Monday of the month and to share their ideas on community matters.”
Hoyt, a lifelong village resident, said he was seeking reelection to support many current village projects.
“The village is in the process of amending the Village’s Comprehensive Plan that will focus on planning toward the future. We have started projects at Losee Park that include major repairs and upgrades on the Tarrytown waterfront utilizing state and county grants, ballfield lighting upgrade and ballfield repairs. The Village is installing a new segment of the RiverWalk Park from the commuter lot by the parks garage all along the waterfront utilizing state and county grants,” he stated. “I will continue to explore improving parking in our downtown area. Over the years, we have increased parking spaces, but I will continue to do more. I will continue to be fiscally responsible and keep real estate taxes under the tax cap, which the Village Board has accomplished every year since the tax cap was established.”