I have been a resident of Cortlandt Manor for 30 years. My husband Rich was born and raised here. We have been married for 28 years and are the proud parents of 3 bright and beautiful children. I love having fun with my family, my dogs, spending time on the water, skiing, reading, doing yard work, the beach, music, football and basketball. I am pretty easy going, fair and balanced in thought, listening and decision making, and I have a pretty good sense of humor. I have volunteered my time coaching town sports, helping with the town swim and dive teams, coaching CYO and AAU sports, and tutoring children.
I received my School District Leadership degree from The College of New Rochelle, my masters in education and mathematics from Manhattanville College and my bachelors in graphic design from Pace University. I have been a high school math teacher and Math Department Chairperson in the Elmsford School District, my second home and second family, for 32 years. I am newly retired.
During these 32 years, I have been responsible for curriculum development; evaluation; maintaining budgets; staying up-to-date with state mandates in education; fostering relationships with community, parents and colleges; goal setting, and providing opportunities for professional and academic growth for teachers. I am a member of the Curriculum Council, District Strategic Planning Committee, Leadership Team, Union Negotiating Team, and the Emergency Management Team. I have created numerous state plans including Safety Plans, and Building and Facility Improvements. I am also the Senior Class Coordinator which involves an immense amount of organization, communication and planning skills. And, I have been voted favorite teacher every year for 32 years – pretty cool!
I just finished my 12 year tenure as a Vice President and trustee on the Hendrick Hudson Board of Education. During my time, I am proud to be part of teams that successfully negotiated numerous bargaining agreements, passed 12 budgets, and passed 5 bonds. I initiated the implementation of summer school programs and redesigned board/staff/community communications. I’ve held positions on several committees including Finance, Policy, Facilities, Safety, Curriculum and Strategic Planning. At the end of my tenure I was working with the Board and Superintendent regarding strategies regarding the closing of Indian Point and partnering with Holtec. I was also very involved in the controversial Princeton Plan discussion which is the dismantling of our current elementary school model. I believe the Board of Education did not listen to the people of the school district. Communication is key and we did not communicated appropriately with all residents.
Both roles have provided me years of experience in leadership, management and patience. I look forward to working with everyone to build upon the successes we have enjoyed while bringing forth new visions of innovation and improvement.
The primary duty of the Supervisor and the Board is to keep their community safe - physically, fiscally and environmentally
With crime rates rising nationally, I will take a good hard look at re-establishing a Cortlandt Police Department or at the very least, increasing police personnel
Look to parking lots and existing buildings.
I will promote smart and innovative development that does not overwhelm our communities.
As I walk around, one of the biggest complaints residents have are their encounters with the Town, whether just walking in for a question, waiting for promised documents, getting approvals without it taking months and costing a fortune or unfortunately being met with unfriendly and uncooperative people at the Town too often.
I would love to see Cortlandt become a destination area that folks really talk about - it's beauty, it's hiking trails, it's charm, it's vibe, it's restaurants, it's waterfront, it's people.
The community events we have are just wonderful.
Let's Come together for more.
A New Team. A New Vision. A Better Cortlandt.
We are CORTLANDT UNITED!
As a group of new and dynamic candidates, we bring a wealth of experience in leadership, management, finance, creativity, rule of law, and community service. Our mission is to reinvigorate a safe, beautiful and prosperous Cortlandt. Our vision is to instill pride and confidence in our local government. We will accomplish this and reach our goals by actively listening to our residents; working with all of our town, village and hamlet organizations (who do an amazing job); consulting with experts within our own community and within our town departments; brainstorming on effective and realistic solutions; and developing and implementing prudent policies and procedures in a well-informed decisive manner in order to allow our community to prosper and thrive.
Our goals are actually quite simple – keeping our families healthy, happy and safe; invigorating a safe, healthy, beautiful and prosperous Cortlandt; minimizing our taxes; promoting intelligent economic growth and development without overwhelming our towns; implementing policies for revenue; protect our environment; supporting our first responders including law enforcement and fire departments; honoring our veterans; promoting good citizenship; cutting wasteful spending; working with local, state and federal agencies as we partner with Holtec; addressing specific community needs; listen and respond; paving the roads and keeping the power on!
We are CORTLANDT UNITED and we thank you for your support.
We love Cortlandt and want to make it a better place for our families and for yours.
We are the team that will keep you safe and healthy: physically, fiscally and environmentally.
We are the team that supports law enforcement and will increase our police presence to keep you safe.
We are the team that will streamline Town permit processes to make life smoother for residents.
We are the team that will be fiscally responsible and transparent and not constantly borrow from the Town savings to pay the bills.
We are the team who will hold to an at most 2% cap.
We are the team who will implement policies and enforce Town Code to create revenue.
We are the team who will fix the dam at Wallace Pond, clean up all over, stop dumping in Verplanck, bring Albany Post Road into a charming future, install some sidewalks and street lights, keep our roads in good condition with a road management plan, keep our wires clear with a tree trimming maintenance plan, and so much more to make Cortlandt a better place for our families and for yours.
We are the team who has been satisfied with our soon-to-be retired supervisor. We love her support of our Veterans and her love for our seniors and the acres of open space and our family oriented Town that she loves, too; however, we are very worried and anxious of what our Town will become if we, your team, is not elected. So please, get out and vote.
Tom Walsh has been a town resident for 11 years. He attended SUNY Canton and I earned degrees in Engineering and Construction Management. I have been employed by Burnham Nationwide, Inc.in New York City since June 1998. I started as a Project Manager and worked my way up to Executive Vice President and Director of NY Operations. At Burnham Nationwide we specialize in Building/Zoning Code Consulting and Building Permit Expediting. In 2018, I was appointed to the Town of Cortlandt Zoning Board and am currently serving as a board member.
I am serving on the newly formed North Cortlandt Visionary Committee. As well as serving on the SUNY Canton College Foundation Board of Directors, Member of Building Owners & Managers Association, & Benevolent Order of the Elks. I was my son's Cub Scout leader for 5 years until he crossed over to the Boy Scouts last Spring. I am a Life Member of the National Rifle Association.
I am married to Meghan (O’Sullivan) Walsh, a Cortlandt Manor resident since the age of two. We have two children who attend schools within the Hendrick Hudson School District. We share our home with Molly and Irish, our two rescue dogs.
I enjoy spending time with my family. When I am not running around to activities for the kids, I enjoy camping, hunting, fishing, golfing in the summer, and skiing in the winter.
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Warren Smith has lived in the beautiful Hamlet of Verplanck's Point for 57 years. After graduating from Hendrick Hudson HS in 1981, he received a bachelor's degree from Buffalo State College in graphic design. There, he met the love of his life, Majorie Koepsell. They married and raised three amazing children together. For the last eighteen years, Warren has been the Director of Operations for a commercial printer in NYC.
Over the years, Warren has been generous with his time, volunteering in his community as a lector of St. Patrick's Church, a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, a leader with Boy Scouts of America, and in 2020 as President of the Verplanck Residents Association.
I am not, nor will I ever become an average career politician. I am simply a lifelong member of our beautiful community and I care deeply for it and my fellow citizens. In 2020 I became the president of the Verplanck Residents Association, VRA, and led the successful fight to stop the Port Cortlandt project that our Town Board was seriously considering. I was not convinced that then B hard was listening and responding appropriately to the concerns of the citizens that would be most affected by this massive industrial project. Through public outreach and education, I was able to raise the public's awareness to the scope and ramifications of this project. I encouraged and promoted open dialogue which included voices from all sides of the issue, so that, in the end, the will of the people was honored.
Working with the VRA sparked my interest in serving my community in a capacity that I had not previously imagined.
I hope that you will give me the opportunity to serve you and this community.
Peter wants to give back to the community that has served him and his family well since 1999. His company, Atrium Wealthhas a great collaborative team of people. They utilize technology at the highest levels and closely adhere to a process-oriented environment for the betterment of his clients. He is a financial advisor to business owners and professionals. He helps to organize, coordinate and transform their savings into the lifestyle and legacy his clients have set goals toward. Pete's passion is organizing. He pays special attention to detail and intends to bring this same spirit and competency to the role of Tax Receiver.
Kylie Fitzgerald-Bernard is a fourth generation Town of Cortlandt resident who graduated from Hendrick Hudson HS and and received her bachelor's degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in advertising and marketing communications. She is a proud mother of a beautiful baby girl and wife of Derek Bernard. Kylie has spent most of her working career as a retail executive.
Her true passion is giving back to people in need in our Town through her family's charity, the Thomas D. Fitzgerald III Memorial Fund, which provides financial aid to families battling life-threatening illnesses.
While working as a corporate executive, I have assisted chief level executives by managing multi-million dollar budgets; safe guarding confidential documents; developing vendor relationships; working with city agencies to obtain permits for events; and have always exceeded project deadline expectations.
I am ready to work hard for your support and even harder once elected. I am both eager and excited to work for the residents of the Town of Cortlandt. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve the community that I love and has always been home to me.
Robert Chapnick started his career in 2001 as an Assistant District Attorney. In private practice for more than fifteen years, he has represented an incredibly diverse and broad range of clients throughout New York State in the federal, state and local courts in all manner of cases, ranging from large scale commercial litigation and administrative proceedings to criminal and traffic matters. He knows and understands the court system. He and his wife Lauren reside in Cortlandt with their two daughters who they are raising in our strong, vibrant and safe community.
With nearly two decades of experience on both sides of the criminal justice system, I have developed a keen understanding of the Constitution and the courts’ role in ensuring that the rights of everyone – criminal defendants and the victims of crime – are protected throughout the process. The Justice Courts are uniquely situated, as local courts intimately connected to the community, to ensure the preservation of quality of life, a prosperous civil society and the rule of law.
Having also served clients for many years as a civil and commercial litigator, I understand the importance of efficiently managing the resources of the court. When cases drag on for years, the interests of neither party are served, and the system ultimately fails to deliver on its principal promise: the fair and timely administration of justice.
Appearing in Justice Courts across our entire state has taught me what works and what does not. Ideally, our local court should be predictably fair, transparent and expedient. If elected Town Justice, I pledge to revamp the Town of Cortlandt Justice Court to where it serves as the exemplar.
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