To the editor:
As the election campaign comes to a close, I find that being a candidate for trustee is an exhilarating experience. More than at any other time, residents reach out to talk directly to me about their ideas for the future in the village and, of course, what they don’t like as well. While many have lived here a long time, many others have chosen Croton more recently because of what they like about it. All have ideas about what they think would make it better. I have been privileged to be part of many of the things residents love -the development of Croton Landing Park and the zoning to encourage economic development in the Harmon area, among others. Working to prevent unwanted intrusions such as the transfer station, the Millennium pipeline and, currently, the proposed barge anchorages in the Hudson, has been equally important in my response to what I hear from residents about the village they want. As a trustee I have always listened and learned from our residents. I like being a sounding board for ideas. I believe it is the role of a trustee to take these ideas (and complaints) to a higher level – creating new plans or policies or adjusting old ones. Working with Brian Pugh over the last two years has shown me that he and I share the same desire to learn from Croton residents and turn their concerns and ideas into action whenever possible I ask for your support on Nov. 8th for Brian and me to continue to hear your voices and represent you on the Board of Trustees.
Ann Gallelli, Trustee, Village of Croton-on-Hudson