MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Mahopac resident Amy Sayegh, president and executive director of Putnam Community Cares, announced Friday her intention to run for the Putnam County Legislature’s District 8 seat.

The District 8 seat includes parts of Mahopac and is currently occupied by Dini LoBue.

Sayegh made the announcement before a crowd of supporters at Florrie Kaye’s Tea Room and Gift Shop in Carmel.

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“Tea houses like this one were instrumental in a woman’s right to vote because it was a place where they could gather and discuss the politics of the day without fear of repercussion,” Sayegh said in her opening remarks.

Sayegh laid out her resume during Friday night’s event, noting her extensive time serving as a volunteer.

“Throughout the years, I have had the opportunity to volunteer for many organizations,” she said. “I have been a Girl Scout leader; I have been involved in our PTO. In 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and through this horrific experience, I founded Putnam Community Cares. I had the opportunity this past 10 years to serve this community and build this organization from the ground up.”

Sayegh, along with her husband, John, and their three children, has lived in Mahopac for the past 18 years. She holds a business degree from Georgia State University and began her career as an internal auditor for a local bank. In 2008, she joined the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce where she serves as vice chair of the board of directors.

“Three years ago, I ran for county legislature and I went door to door,” she said. “A question I heard a lot was, ‘Why are you running?’ The answer is simply because I care about this community. I care about the people and this issues that affect us all. I want my district and my county to be a better place to live for all of us and for future generations.”

Sayegh said some the issues she will focus on include reducing the tax burden, fight the heroin epidemic and trying to repeal the SAFE Act.

“I will always support our law enforcement,” she said. “Many times these brave men and woman are the difference between life and death and deserve all our support. I will support our seniors and our veterans because we all owe a debt of gratitude to them.  I will work closely with our business leaders to find ways to revitalize our downtown business district, Route 6 corridor to create a strong and vibrant business community.”

At the end of her speech, Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt announced his endorsement of Sayegh, calling her “the ideal candidate,” noting her dedication to community service and volunteerism.