What Happened to Westchester?

I believe in Westchester.

I grew up here, in Mount Vernon, and I’m proud to have lived on the South Shore for 30 years, raised my daughter here, built a life here.

When I grew up, we weren’t rich but we got by, and most importantly, we knew that there were opportunities for everyone out there. I always believed that our county really represented the very best of the American Dream. Really, Westchester’s greatest asset is its people: smart and successful; hard working in all fields of endeavor; trying to build a better life for themselves and their families. And we range from wealthy to middle class to lower income; we come in all ethnicities and demographics. We are a diverse lot. And that is our strength.

But when I look around now, I see families struggling under high property taxes. I see some of the best schools in the country, but I see others that can’t afford to keep their classrooms supplied. I see infrastructure that’s badly in need of repairs, and too many people who need better jobs. I see threats to our values of opportunity and fairness coming from Washington and getting mirrored in White Plains, with too many politicians following the dangerous path of creating division instead of unity; and making decisions by ideology instead of practical problem solving.

We are a strong county; with everything we need for a better future. And by any measure, Westchester should be booming, but we’re not.

So I’m ready to do something about it.

Are you ready to join me?