Mayor Jen Laird White
I am asking to be re-elected as your Mayor. Just a year ago, we faced the devastation of Sandy, a shock in it’s fearsome destructiveness. Never have I been more in awe of our Village as we all stood together near the steps of Village Hall, day in and out, to support and help each other and share what we knew. In those moments, and still today, I felt unbelievably proud to be the Mayor of a place so filled with selfless compassion and generosity and I ask for you to extend that honor to me again. We have rebuilt from epic storms, worked our way through a crushing recession while beautifying our little Village and reducing the tax burden on our property owners.
Our park will have a new playground, fishing pier and additional fields come spring. Crime is down and the stories in the papers are no longer about destructive bars but about wonderful things happening like First Friday Art Festival, Art Walk, expanded Farmers Market and Jazz Week.
We have become County leaders in promoting good environmental practices. We have been paved and painted and filmed and we continue to see new businesses choose Nyack.
At Village Hall we have stayed under the 2% tax cap, eliminated regular overtime, denied ourselves pay raises and have created checks, balances and accountability. We have made it easier to build something nice and park without penalty. It has been hard work and we have accomplished a lot.
I have, as promised, worked more than full time to achieve these and many other goals and will continue to do so. We are finally in good shape, but it can still be better and I would love another two years to continue to work for our Village. Thank you,
Jen Laird White
Village of Nyack
Hi, my name is Beth Riso, and I’m running for Mayor of Nyack, under the Green Party ticket. I am a 30 year resident of the village, as well as a business owner, with an office in Nyack. My platform is primarily a “quality of life” and environmentally protective one, while also believing strongly in fiscal conservancy.
First on my agenda will be the enactment of a gasoline powered, “leaf blower ordinance.” Besides hearing loss, and the mental and bodily harm caused by extensive exposure to high decibels of noise, the fumes and particulate matter blown into the air by these machines are highly toxic to human, animal, and environmental health. They cause and exacerbate such things as: asthma, bronchitis, carbon monoxide poisoning, and even lung cancer. They destroy top soil & plants, and contribute large amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Fifteen communities in nearby Westchester, and countless others across the nation, have had leaf blower ordinances enacted for many years now, and it’s about time Nyack does the same thing.
Other important issues which I will strive for, include the following: cleaner sidewalks on Main Street, better enforcement of the noise and tree ordinances, a Village Hall, which answers and returns phone calls from residents, encouragement of more retail businesses, the addition of more water fountains & recycling bins, the placing of signs advising against feeding ducks & geese in Memorial Park, and staying below the 2% tax cap in the budget, which I strongly support. I will also encourage residents to attend village board meetings, and will always listen and respect them when they speak out.
I am not a career politician, and have no further political ambitions. My motivation is simply to make Nyack, “quieter, cleaner, and greener.” If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your time.