As Election Day approaches, and I talk to people, I am hearing that key challenges face North Salem. They include such issues as the well-being of our neighbors, the environmental protections at risk, the energy grid and replacement of energy, our beautiful county parks and recreational facilities; the vibrancy of our local businesses and the functionality of our infrastructure.
Though not widely understood, Westchester County’s Board of Legislators works with local towns to help address these challenges. It helps with planning, with regional solutions, and can be a leader in innovation.
But new challenges cannot be solved with old ideas. It’s time to move toward a more forward-thinking and active approach toward county government. County government can be a leader in the environment, in planning, in modernization of systems, in fiscal management, in finding new sustainable energy sources, in developing shared and consolidated services, in supporting local police, fire and first responders, in developing better rural transportation alternatives and advocating for improved cellular and broadband coverage, as well as providing additional resources to North Salem and neighboring towns that will help preserve what we have and also grow sensibly.
My years in government and decades as a resident of Northern Westchester have shown me that innovation saves money and creates new opportunities. And new approaches don’t mean automatic tax increases. County government can innovate while adhering to the 2 percent tax cap. We can be fiscally responsible and socially caring.
It’s time for an advocate for North Salem on the Board of Legislators—one whose vote and values will make a difference. It’s time to change for the better.