OSSINING, N.Y. Renewing the village police contract, stopping illegal housing and enacting term limits for elected officials are some of the issues that Robert Terilli would concentrate on if he is elected to become a village trustee.
"The men and women in the police department work hard and they have not had a contract in three years," the candidate said. "I'd like to see the police contract settled."
Terilli, 46, is a mechanic by trade. He currently works as a shop manager at the Century Country Club in Purchase. Before working at his current job, Terilli worked as a fleet manager for the Care Of Trees tree-care company.
Terilli has been a volunteer fire fighter for 17 years. He said he has seen many cases of multifamily homes being packed with too many people, and he would like to stop the illegal stacking.
"We don't like people being taken advantage of by landlords," Terilli said. "Don't put 20 people in a multifamily home. Put the legal amount. (Overcrowding) is a danger to the community, the neighborhood and to the people living there."
On the issue of term limits, Terilli believes that they should be enacted in order to have more "fresh blood and fresh ideas" in government.
"The current board has become stagnant," he said.
Other issues that Terilli would work on if elected include cleaning the streets in the downtown area more frequently and taking away health benefits for part-time municipal employees.
"I want to see the village go back to the way it was when I was growing up here," the candidate said. "There was a lot of business and activity in the downtown corridor and there were more businesses down on the waterfront," such as Rand McNally, Have a Heart animal trap making company and Metalized Carbon.
Terilli suggested reaching out to biomedical and pharmaceutical companies or financial firms to see if they might be interested in setting up in Ossining.
"Why couldn't we have those kinds of jobs here?" Terilli asked.
Terilli has four children a nine-year-old daughter, six-year-old son, four-year-old son and three-year-old daughter. The nine and six-year-olds are in Ossining schools.
Terilli played football while he was studying at Pace University, and he currently coaches youth baseball and football through the Ossining Recreation Department.
"I love kids. I love mentoring to kids," he said.
Terilli and his running mate, longtime friend Robert Fritsche, are running on the Republican and Conservative lines for two seats on the village board. Their opponents are Robert Daraio and Manuel Quezada who are running on the Democratic, Independence party and Working Families lines.
A village trustee position is a part-time position that pays $8,000 per year.
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