In discussions around the village, I’m finding that some community members misunderstand my position on preserving Ossining’s charter village status.
I have never advocated for dissolving the village, and I do not believe it would be good for Ossining. Beyond the importance of honoring our rich history, there are powers and autonomy inherent in being a charter village that we would be foolish to give up. I do, however, believe leaders should explore more opportunities for shared services to reduce redundancy and save tax dollars.
As Albany pushes us to work harder at finding further opportunities for consolidation, village officials must hold the interest of the people of Ossining as our highest priority in all decision making. Ossining already has over a dozen fiscally wise inter-municipal agreements that do not undermine our autonomy.
It is time for change in Ossining—time to shake up the status quo.
This mayoral race is about electing the person who will best serve our community. I’ll always strive to work with political courage for the people of Ossining.