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The Village of Ossining has enormous potential, and my wife and I have seen great improvements since we moved here six years ago. And that’s why on Tuesday, Nov. 4, I’m voting for Mayor Bill Hanauer. To disrupt the positive momentum we’re experiencing now could set Ossining back at a critical point, when it’s finally turning a corner. Having lived in another up-and-coming community – Jersey City – before moving to Ossining, I’ve seen that it takes patience and commitment to revitalize a downtown. There is only one way we can both keep taxes down and draw business to Ossining: we need to bring in new residents through sensible residential development. In that way we expand the tax base, and also the customer base downtown. What troubles me most about Mayor Hanauer’s opponent, Victoria Gearity, other than her lack of executive and administrative experience, is that she is hesitant to move forward with the residential development that was recommended by Ossining's Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2009 after studies and broad community input. The developments moved forward under Hanauer’s leadership, as per that plan, are what will bring commercial development to Ossining. In Jersey City, new businesses would start, only to falter because the residential base couldn’t support them. It was only once there was a critical mass of residents close to downtown businesses that they really flourished. I’ll be voting for Mayor Hanauer not only because I’ve gotten to know him -- as friendly, honest and accessible as anyone could hope for in their elected official – but also because in the midst of the longest economic recession in recent memory, he’s been bringing new development into Ossining, which will ease our tax burden. We can all dream of change we would like to see — more parks, cute shops, restaurants — but we need developers and businesses to believe in the Village before they will invest. It takes someone with serious leadership and negotiation skills to make that happen. His challenger has yet to prove herself in this regard, whereas Mayor Hanauer has the experience and is getting the job done. Ted Weinbaum
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