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Five Questions: Ryan Runs for Village Mayor

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The Daily Mamaroneck will be compiling candidate profiles before the Nov. 8 elections. Each candidate was asked the same questions .

Village Trustee Toni Pergola Ryan, 68, has lived in the same two-family house on Waverly Avenue built in 1948 by her father, grandfathers, uncles and assorted cousins. The four-term trustee has worked at S & K Sales Co. in Stamford, CT for 31 years, currently on a part-time basis. She is running on the Democrat ballot line.

??Why would you be a good representative in the coming term? I bring seven years of experience to the position. With economic conditions such as they are and with the two percent tax cap that has been imposed upon us by Albany, we need someone who is a good planner, who works well with leaders in neighboring communities and at other levels of government. We need an inclusive, transparent government where all residents are treated with respect.  I am a consensus builder who will make sure that the Board, together, creates a vision of where we want to take the village and that we become stakeholders in making sure the vision is advanced in a collegial, inclusive atmosphere resulting in a productive outcome. If elected, what are the three biggest goals you'd work to accomplish? Establish a tri-municipal Task Force to include the Mayors of the Villages of Mamaroneck and Larchmont, the Supervisor of the Town of Mamaroneck and the superintendents of schools to jointly identify and apply for funding for mutually beneficial projects with the objective of accomplishing more together while enjoying cost efficiencies and savings.

Host flood mitigation “fairs” where residents would learn easy, affordable ways they can make their homes safer from floods; create a proactive citizen response team that would be trained in how to respond to each neighborhood’s needs at the first indication a flood is imminent; make sure that the Village’s interests are voiced in every surrounding community that is planning to build anything that may impact our Village’s flooding problems.

Insure that our Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and comprehensive plan updates are true reflections of what our residents want and then make sure that our village code is updated to be consistent with these plans. Has the local government made any mistakes or had any oversights that you'd try to avoid? How? The Village of Mamaroneck did not increase its water rates over the years.  As a result, our residents were recently hit with a significant water rate increase. I would plan to increase water rates on a yearly basis based on the cost of living index. What specifically makes you different from your opponent? The biggest difference is that I am a planner and believe that ideas need to be carefully thought through and investigated before they are presented and ultimately implemented.  I am inclusive and have worked successfully with boards and commissions during my tenure on the board. What's the best part about Mamaroneck? Our diversity — it’s why people come to Mamaroneck. How can voters get in touch with you? I can be reached by e-mail at trusteeryan@yahoo.com, or on my cell phone which is 914-837-6602.

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