LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Lorraine Walsh is running for her second term as Village Trustee. During her 15 years as a Larchmont resident, Lorraine has served as co-chair of the Town of Mamaroneck/Village of Larchmont Coastal Zone Management Committee and as chair of the Larchmont Democrats, volunteered at the Sheldrake Environmental Center, been active in the PTA, and taught science at Rye Neck High School.
Before coming to Larchmont, Lorraine worked as a NYC public high school science teacher, an acquisitions editor for an STM book publisher and as an environmental geologist on Long Island. She presently owns a small landscape design company.
Her wide-ranging experience in business, education and environmental sciences demonstrates an ability to adapt to a broad variety of challenges as well as relate to diverse communities of people. These skills have served her well in managing the multifaceted issues facing our village today.
Why did you decide to run for the Board in Larchmont?
Through my work as Chair of the Larchmont Democrats, I came to know several current and former Village Board members. When a Trustee position became open in 2011, I was asked to consider seeking the nomination. Since I had been considering getting more active in community service and my kids were going to be entering high school, giving me more free time, I thought this would be the right moment.
Why would you be a good representative in the coming election?
The past 2 years have been a great experience. There is a steep learning curve to this job, as there probably is to any, and I feel the first year was really all about getting to learn the ins and outs of how Larchmont functions. I believe that during my second year I have been able to make significant contributions to the governing of the Village. I was pleased to be asked to run for re-election this year. I am looking forward to the opportunity to see to fruition some of the projects begun in the past 2 years.
If elected, what are the three biggest goals you would work to accomplish?
Larchmont is a great place to live and it has a rich history, but, as responsible elected officials we cannot simply perpetuate the status quo. We need to assess our current circumstances and make plans for adapting to a changing world. One of my main goals is to help bring Village operations into the 21st century as far as the way we utilize technology. This will streamline some of the internal operations and allow for more productive use of time. It will also allow us to provide better access to some services for our residents. I would like to devote time to some of the issues facing our retail areas. The Village has some significant infrastructure improvements which are in the pipeline, including the Palmer Avenue Streetscape project, the water meter replacement project and rehabilitation of the water storage tanks and pumping station. I plan to continue working closely with community groups to renovate our parks and playgrounds.
What is the best part of Larchmont?
The best part of Larchmont is the people. The residents are very involved in the community. So many people give of their time by volunteering on Village boards, in local sports leagues, scouting and many more activities, that it makes the Village feel very connected.