"I come from a proud family and my mother has been involved with public service and politics for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you, for all the residents of the Town of Greenburgh. We need to reduce our dependence on residential property taxes, boost the local economy, develop the Town’s strategic plan, hold Con Edison accountable and we need to make our Town website more user friendly. With nearly a decade of government experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Reduce our dependence on residential property taxes
Gina believes reducing the Town's dependence on residential property taxes is more than feasible and would not mean a decrease in services. While ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely and efficiently, Gina proposes....
Cost sharing with villages to increase purchasing power and reduce expenses. This is not a plan for service consolidation, but a plan to bolster our purchasing value and might to result in a reduction of expenses/cost per items.
Attract and increase commercial tax base/accessibles. This should be a continuous goal of the Town and Town Board and should be included in the Town's strategic plan.
Gina also encourages residential property owners to be proactive and utilize available tools to reduce property taxes by challenging your assessment, checking if you qualify for discounts/exemptions and appealing if your assessment is wrong.
Continue in Kevin Morgan's Memory as a responsive liaison to the Villages
Gina has already attended many Village Board meetings and will continue as the Town Board liaison to the Villages in memory of Kevin Morgan. Learning issues specific to the Villages and hearing feedback from neighbors in the Villages who attend Village Board meetings, but may not attend Town Board meetings is essential to having complete input from ALL of Greenburgh and is something Gina is totally committed to for the long-term.
Develop the Town's strategic plan
Gina would like to take the lead in developing a much needed strategic plan. Once a draft is developed, it should be reviewed with input from the community, amended, adopted and implemented. The Strategic Plan should include...
Town Vision Statement
Town Mission Statement
Plans that reflect future economic needs through the use of existing and available development sites, including undeveloped and underutilized areas
Cohesive plans for major projects and infrastructure
Business Attraction and Retention Programs including enhancement of Town's image
Utilize the Strategic Plan to better identify and meet citizen needs based upon the Town's financial capacity
Pursue Grants that benefit the Town
Review and update the Strategic Plan on an annual schedule
Diversity gives access to a greater range of talent, not just the talent that belongs to a particular world-view or ethnicity or some other restricting definition. It helps provide insight into the needs and motivations of the community, rather than just a small part of it. And has the potential to make our Town more effective, more successful, more profitable. Gina believes we are all witnesses to our ever changing world and the reflection of the changes needed in our community. She sees the role of the Town Council as functioning with the best interests of ALL residents continuously at the forefront of decisions and she is confident she will bring that crucial voice for constituents who are eager to be heard.
Hold Con Edison accountable
In addition to recent strides made with the utility company, Gina would also request the company implement an accelerated training program to increase area coverage and responsiveness during storm outages. The Town should also insist upon an update to their customer database to easily identify special needs customers, for example, those who are senior citizens or disabled and properties with wells.