Closing Arguments — 2017 Nyack Trustee Candidate Marie Lorenzini
Nyack has been my home for the last 37 + years. Previous to that I was an adopted Nyacker, this is by way of letting you know that my involvement with and commitment to the village is not predicated on current single issue matters.
I believe good government is a fine balance between reflecting on the history of a place and embracing new ideas, for the benefit of all, not just those issues that will affect certain neighborhoods.
The village board of the last eight years has done much good for the village and its residents. We have recovered from a $700,000 financial deficit to a zero percent village tax increase over the last two budget years.
We have worked aggressively to reduce the dependence on parking revenue by $200,000, to try to find a balance for the community. I believe it is very dangerous for the village to rely on parking fees as a reliable source of revenue. We have seen storms knock out parking revenue for an extended period of time. The business community asks for relief from parking fees to assist them in attracting customers in a difficult retail environment.
There are four candidates running for two current village board seats and certain candidates are running on the idea of returning Nyack to what it was before this current administration.
They are interested in expanding the hours of paid parking, which will leave village residents with no longer any of the present free parking (meters are in affect from 11a-6p) to run their errands, visit our merchants and will damage the restaurants that saw a healthy increase in business once parking hours were reduced. This proposal will expand hours, ticket writing and making parking more unfriendly.
The residents of Nyack should have more access to the water and with that in mind the Village Board passed a text amendment so that the village will control waterfront access on the last remaining large parcel of land for all residents and not just those fortunate enough to currently have Hudson River views.
All property owners have the right to utilize their property as they see fit- develop it –sell it-live in it, but these rights are regulated by Village Codes. Working with in these codes is what makes a village work.
I want to keep the momentum going…in the last six years we have received more that $10 million in grants, upgraded the parks, the marina, the downtown. There are $4.5 million in infrastructure repairs currently underway. Nyack leads the county in affordable housing creation and sustainability.
And yes, we need to do something with our method of communicating. The village of Nyack has regularly scheduled Village Board workshops and board meetings discussing issues effecting the village on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at Village Hall. These meetings must be legally published and are done so, including on most social media and village website. Public attendance at these meetings is virtually none existent unless there is one particular item of interest. Yet discussions of the happenings at these meetings seem to permeate social media by even those not in attendance…..
Transparency is not an issue. We just need to fix the communication system.
I BELIEVE GOOD GOVERNMENT IS A FINE BALANCE BETWEEN reflecting on THE HISTORY OF A PLACE AND EMBRACING NEW IDEAS.
Regression does not work. A new administration slate does not guarantee success.
A new inexperienced administrative slate requires a huge learning curve and every election that insists on this is a recipe for disaster. I propose this…. YES embrace fresh faces and new ideas, but balance that with an accurate witness to the history then went before.
I am that accurate witness. I have worked hard in local government and can bear witness to the complicated debates that led to decisions.
Yes I am an insider, with an open mind and moderate approach who questions every decision and is not shy about having a voice.
I vow to listen to ideas for change but also vow to argue for those policies that I think should not be quickly discarded.
Government is complicated. It requires a balance of power.
I believe I can provide that balance as an elder stateswoman who has the perception to present a knowledgeable and worthy point of view.
My track record of championing fiscally responsible initiatives while supporting all members of Nyack’s diverse community is strong. I have served on Nyack’s Planning and Zoning Boards, Graduate of Leadership Rockland, President of Rockland Riverfront Communities Council, vice president of Rockland Municipal Planning Federation, and a 12 year volunteer with Soup Angels.
People might insist on change……….with that in mind,….let’s look at Washington…!
Please allow me the honor to continue my work.
I thank you for your time and patience. And vote for Marie Lorenzini on ballot line 3.
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