by Rick Pezzullo
The slate endorsed by the Village of Tarrytown Democratic Committee and Tarrytown United have a combined 30 years of experience in elected office and government service in the village and are looking forward to building on their accomplishments.
Trustees Robert Hoyt and Mary McGee are running for their sixth two-year terms on March 15, while 10-year Zoning Board of Appeals member Karen Brown is looking to follow in the footsteps of Deputy Mayor Tom Basher, who decided not to seek a 13th term as a trustee.
“In my 10 years of public service on the Board of Trustees, we have been very productive and anything but complacent,” stressed Hoyt, a senior manager at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, a lifelong village resident and a 34-year member of the Tarrytown Volunteer Fire Department. “This board focuses on both the opportunities and problems facing the village, continually works toward completing important projects, and at the same time remains very mindful of the tax burdens faced by our residents.”
McGee, a longtime volunteer and wife of a former Tarrytown fire chief, said Tarrytown is fortunate to have such a large and active volunteer base.
“Tarrytown is lucky that it has so many people willing to give their time and energy to helping their neighbors. In all the many varied roles our volunteers play, they are a valuable source of information. Their recommendations and requests are always given careful consideration,” she said. “We have always been a very active board and this continues to the present. You only have to look around the village to see what has been and is continuing to be done.”
Since 2008, Brown and her husband, Kevin, have owned Hudson Barter Exchange, which serves hundreds of small businesses in the region. When her twins attended district schools, Brown was vice president of the TUFSD PTA and served as co-chair of the Sleepy Hollow High School Football Boosters. She first got involved in local politics in 1999 when she worked to help pass an open space bond.
“As a trustee, I would like to focus on the four areas I know best: business, land use issues, community programs for kids and volunteerism,” Brown said. “Throughout my decade on the ZBA, I’ve learned that parts of the Zoning Code are outdated, unclear and/or cumbersome. The Board of Trustees regularly works to update Village Code and I look forward to using my extensive experience on the ZBA to bring new insights to that effort.”
As a volunteer firefighter and ambulance corps member, Hoyt said he sees firsthand the tireless work of volunteers in the community.
“We value enormously the hard work, dedication and the copious hours given by all of our Tarrytown volunteers, and we understand that our volunteers provide insight and vision to help make Tarrytown the great village that it is today,” Hoyt said.
Hoyt mentioned some of the accomplishments of the board since he has served: opening new parks and parking lots; replacing and repairing neglected infrastructure, such as the water system; building Village Hall and two firehouses; reinvigorating the downtown and waterfront; and keeping the village budgets below the state tax cap.
While reiterating some of the same accomplishments, McGee talked about shared services with Sleepy Hollow and Greenburgh that have resulted in significant savings in street paving, pothole repairs and building maintenance.
“As most have noticed, we recently changed all the street lights in the village to LEDs. In the last year, we have put up decorative lighting along Main Street,” McGee said. “We continue to work to improve and maintain our infrastructure and buildings.”
Brown said she would like to increase community outreach to get more residents involved in the decision-making of the village. “I truly believe that Tarrytown’s success is rooted in many smart, dedicated residents working together on the gamut of important issues,” she said.
Patricia Pinckney, chairperson of Tarrytown United, said her bipartisan group was proud to back such a dedicated and experienced slate.
“We heartily endorse McGee, Hoyt and Brown as our slate for 2016,” Pinckney said.