Dear Neighbors: I am writing to introduce myself to you as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for the Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees. Croton is a beautiful village. Genuinely caring, thoughtful, and dynamic; this community faces the future with an open heart. That is important to me, my wife, and our overall values that we have tried to instill in our young family. It is with great privilege to give back to the Village that has given us so much. A former community college student, I earned my B.A. in Int’l Development Studies after transferring to UCLA. My master’s degree from the School of International & Public Affairs at Columbia University focused on Int’l Finance. I also bring with me a twenty-year professional background in the private and non-profit sectors. I have worked with groups such as humanitarian and development nonprofits as well as global banking and asset management enterprises. During my time in this Village, I have volunteered with the Croton-Cortlandt Food Pantry and the Holy Name of Mary’s Hispanic Ministry, among other local groups. As a Trustee, I will leverage my skillset to benefit the Village by focusing on attracting investment and overseeing prudent financial management. My background as an immigrant from Honduras also informs my decision to seek public office. I would like to provide a platform of representation that makes space for all Village residents. Not only do I remember the LA Riots vividly (in response to brutal police beating of Rodney King), but I come originally from a region that has witness much conflict (to this day). It is from this experience that I firmly state: we cannot go down the self-destructive path of hate. We can and must find ways to do better. We must engage in a more meaningful way with each other. With your support, I look forward to doing so as Village Trustee. Core to my values are fairness, truth and collaboration, and I hope to apply these as a Village Trustee. In the eight years we have been here, I have witnessed touching points of humanity during tumultuous times, learned from others I have had the privilege to help, and benefited directly from the warmness of Croton residents. I have hope that we can continue to build a loving community that supports each other, makes room for growth, and prioritizes access and representation. With your support, we can make that vision a reality.
Sincerely, Alejandro Rosales
Democratic Candidate for theCroton-on-HudsonBoard of Trustees