MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – First-term Mount Kisco Trustee Jean Farber (D) is running in an uncontested race Nov. 6 to retain her seat on the Mount Kisco Board of Trustees. Democrat Karen B. Schleimer, a Mount Kisco attorney, is running for the seat being vacated by Trustee Joseph Morreale (D).
This year's trustee race is uncontested because Mount Kisco Republicans declined to put forth any candidates. Currently, the village's four trustees, who govern the village along with Mayor Michael Cindrich, are Farber, Morreale, Anthony Markus and Deputy Mayor George Griffin. A trustee's term lasts two years.
Name: Jean M. Farber
Family: Husband, Irving; son, Brian; and daughter, Lauren.
Occupation: Associate real estate broker with Houlihan Lawrence.
How long have you lived in the village: I have lived in northern Westchester for 27 years, and I have lived in Mount Kisco for six years.
Party affiliation: Democratic Party.
Ballot lines: Democratic and Independence.
Years in office: One term (two years).
Other elected positions: New York state Democratic committeewoman for 93rd District; vice president of Glassbury Court board of directors.
Civic organizations: Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce, Mount Kisco Historical Society.
1) What are the three biggest issues facing Mount Kisco?
Three biggest issues facing our town: Controlling spending while maintaining a high quality of services, code enforcement, and attracting retail and business growth to our community.
2) How would you address those issues?
Controlling spending is an ongoing challenge. We have been fortunate in our community that we have been able to work with our village employees to cut spending where possible without giving up quality service. Attracting new businesses is an ongoing process, and we have been fortunate in filling empty spaces. The door of the village manager, the mayor and each trustee is open for any discussion.
3) Westchester is among the highest-taxed counties in the nation. What would you do to lower the tax burden? Be specific.
Westchester is one of the highest-taxed counties in the nation. Public officials have the responsibility to be diligent, fiscally conservative and try at every level to keep our town spending at the lowest level possible without forfeiting quality service.
4) Why should people vote for you?
Our local issues are the same as they are on the national level: jobs, the economy and stretching the middle-class paycheck. As a village trustee, it is my goal to constantly do more with less. Mount Kisco is one of the most affordable and enjoyable places to live in northern Westchester. It is my intention to keep it that way. I am a local businesswoman, my kids went through the local schools, and my husband is a local volunteer firefighter. It has been my privilege to serve my friends and neighbors over the past two years. It is my goal to make sure that the quality of life we so enjoy continues.