Democrat Chris Burdick, supervisor of Bedford, topped a crowded race of five others in the primary to land a spot on the ballot for the District 93 Assembly seat.
Burdick faces a challenge by Republican John Nuculovic. Attempts to reach Nuculovic by phone and email were unsuccessful.
Nuculovic declined an invitation to a debate planned by the League of Women Voters, resulting in its cancellation. Research on social media found no existence of a Nuculovic campaign.
David Buchwald, who holds the Assembly position, lost his bid in the Democratic primary to represent Congressional District 17.
Burdick answered a few questions to help voters make their decision on Nov. 3.
Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I have been the Bedford town supervisor since 2014 and before that I was a Town Board member. I serve as vice chairman of Sustainable Westchester (which I helped launch), on the Executive Committee of the East of Hudson Watershed Corporation, and as vice president of the Northern Westchester Watershed Committee. Before serving as town supervisor, I was senior counsel at Stewart Title Insurance Company of New York.
I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in Bedford during my tenure as town supervisor. We’ve reduced greenhouse emissions by 44 percent, repaved [Interstate] 684 running through Katonah, built affordable housing in conjunction with the Antioch Baptist Church, broke ground on a much-needed sewer project 100 years in the making, and adopted strong policies protecting immigrants, denouncing anti-Semitism, and in support of Black Lives [Matter].
Why do you want to serve on the state Assembly?
I feel that I can take my experience in accomplishing so much for Bedford to the Assembly and get a lot done for the entire district. I’ve been working alongside all the other local town supervisors and mayors since 2014. I understand the needs of their towns and cities. I’ve been working with the county Legislature, the county executive, the state Assembly, the state Senate. I have the relationships, the knowledge of the district, and the proven track record to be effective on day one. I’m a tireless worker and I believe that with my experience, vision, and tenacity, I can really make a difference in the Assembly.
What is a top priority for the Assembly both in the next year and looking toward the future?
The world has changed drastically since I decided to run in 2019. Now, the top priority needs to be recovering from the pandemic. Still, we can’t lose sight of the climate crisis, social justice, health care, women’s rights, infrastructure, and education funding. These have to remain priorities now and going forward. I am intent on implementing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act as an engine of growth while tackling the climate crisis.