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July 12, 2020


Karen D'Attore (third from left in glasses) with Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity (second from left) after D'Attore was appointed village manager by the Board of Trustees. Photo Credit: Provided
Clyde A. Isley Photo Credit: Provided

Politics Around The Towns: New Ossining Village Manager, Peekskill Survey, Mt. Vernon Tree City

Mayor Victoria Gearity and the Board of Trustees announced the May 1 appointment of Karen D’Attore as Village Manager for the Village of Ossining.

As village manager, D'Attore is responsible for managing a $50 million budget, 172 full-time staff members and the day-to-day operations of village government.

“As we move forward on so many exciting fronts, Karen is the right person at the right time for this vital position,” said Mayor Victoria Gearity.

D’Attore most recently served for four years as executive director of IFCA Housing Network, an Ossining-based nonprofit that develops and manages quality affordable housing

Prior to her work with IFCA, D’Attore was the director of development at Open Door Family Medical Center.

D’Attore also served as a consultant to the United Nations Food Program and the Friends of the World Food Program.

D'Attore currently serves on the Ossining Town Council, a position she has held since 2016. She will resign from her position on the Town Council before becoming village manager. 

Peekskill Community Congress Announces Results of Citywide Vote 

Peekskill Community Congress released the results of a citywide vote on resident-suggested priorities for moving the city forward in the coming years. 

More than 1,500 residents ranked their top three proposals out of 35 ideas:

  • Dedicate fees from new development projects towards jobs for young people.
  • Make Peekskill a model walkable city.
  • Expand school bus services to more Peekskill students.

  To read the full report on the local vote, click here. 

Of the 1,500 votes cast, about 45 percent were by residents ages 13 to 18.  

Next steps include a presentation to the Peekskill Common Council at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at City Hall. 

On May 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Birdsall House’s garden, there will be a volunteer fair-style networking event to connect interested residents with those who proposed each of the 35 ideas.

Public Campaign Finance Forum in Croton-on-Hudson

State Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is hosting a Community Forum at the Croton Free Library, titled "The Power of Public Financing: Amplifying the Voice of the Every Day Voter," on Thursday May 9. 

This forum will offer an in-depth conversation about how public financing of campaigns promises to curb the influence of big money in elections.

Panelists include Quentin Phipps, a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives, to discuss his experience running for office under his state's public financing system. Also on the panel will be Joanna Zdanys, counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice's Democracy Program and Joan Mandle, executive director of Democracy Matters.

"Public financing of campaigns promises to shift the political conversation back to the concerns of every day New Yorkers, and encourage greater involvement in the political process," said Galef, an Ossining Democrat.

The forum goes from 7 to 9 p.m. at Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive.

Mount Vernon Mayoral Candidate Promotes 'Tree City'

"Let’s Make Mount Vernon 'Tree City USA' Again,” said Mount Vernon Democratic mayoral candidate Clyde A. Isley. "As an avid gardener, I appreciate the value of trees, both public and private."

Among the requirements to be considered for the designation is a local tree care ordinance. Legislation for such an ordinance has sat idle in the City Council for the past five years. As mayor, Isley said he would push for passage of the ordinance.

“In Mount Vernon there’s wide support for a tree ordinance that not only governs public tree management but also addresses the clear-cutting of private properties that permanently scars a neighborhood’s landscape,” Isley said.

Other area "tree cities" include New Rochelle and Yonkers.

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