OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining Mayor Bill Hanauer was endorsed by three members of the Ossining Village Board on Wednesday at Market Square in the village.
Hanauer is running for a fifth term against Trustee Victoria Gearity and Janis Castaldi.
"I have known Bill for 37 years," Trustee Robert Daraio said. "He introduced me to my wife. He has a great commitment to the village."
Daraio said during the economic recession, Ossining has done better than most municipalities and has been able to maintain services without laying off employees.
"He has a tremendous amount of experience," Daraio said. "I am proud to endorse him."
Trustee Manuel Quezada said it was an honor to endorse Hanauer and that Hanauer has embraced Ossining's diverse community.
"We have the opportunity to keep going with his help," Quezada said. "Now is not the time for us to go back to something different."
Hanauer was also endorsed by Deputy Mayor John Codman, who is running for re-election with Hanauer.
"During the worst economic downturn since the 1930s, we have presided over eight years of excellent fiscal condition and the village has retained our extremely high Moody's rating of Aa2," Hanauer said.
The village is now experiencing large increases in assessed value, Hanauer said.
"The renaissance of Ossining has truly begun," Hanauer said.
Development that Hanauer highlighted included the We Can Do It property, turning a parking lot into 31 housing units and a restaurant and the completion of Avalon Bay, featuring 149 luxury rental units.
"Our aim is to restore the heart of the village," Hanauer said. "We intend to send out a request for proposals with requirements regarding innovative architecture which will respect and compliment the architecture of the historic district it neighbors."
Hanauer said Ossining was recently named one of the 100 safest communities in the country and the 8th best place to live in New York state.
"I am concerned someone with less patience, less experience, less commitment to these goals and less availability will delay or abandon further development and miss this opportunity of the convergence of great momentum in the village," Hanauer said.
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