CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - When current Town Supervisor Barbara Gerrard announced her intention to retire after her term was up, the Democratic Party needed to nominate a new candidate to run in the November elections. In May, the party selected Susan Carpenter , the Planning Boards active Chair since 2007, as Gerrards replacement on the ballot.
Carpenter recently spoke with The Daily Chappaqua about her candidacy.
Why did you decide to run?
I think that my experience and my commitment to the town makes me a good candidate for supervisor. There are a lot of issues that are currently facing the town and I look forward to the opportunity to make further contributions.
What, in your opinion, is the number one issue facing Chappaqua?
I think there are a number of issues. I think that our main issues right now is that we need to regain the kind of fiscal accountability that weve had.
What do you do to fix that problem?
We need to work with the Millwood and Chappaqua hamlets on business plans. Theres a lot of planning that we need to do for the future of our town and as chair of the planning board and somebody whos worked with a lot different towns and governments throughout Northern Westchester, I think Im qualified to do that.
What are your goals if you're elected?
I think really working with our Town Board to set up regular meetings with the hamlets, working with residents, having more town meetings. I think our town does a great job of communicating with residents, but I would like to have more open town board meetings over in Town Hall and over in Millwood.
What do you believe you bring to the position that your opponent might not?
As a candidate I have a great deal of experience working in town government. I have been, for the last seven years, on the Planning Board. Im currently on the chair of the Planning Board. Ive been on the Contribution Board before that and on the Open Space Committee before that. Ive also worked with the PTA on their environmental committee.
I have worked with the town on our affordable housing issues. I have a very good understanding of the affordable housing litigation and what we need to do and what we dont need to do.
For the last 20 years I have also worked with different municipalities all over Northern Westchester so I think that I have watched a lot of other towns go through a lot of the issues that were dealing with and I think I have some perspective on where we need to re-invent the wheel and where we dont.
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