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Andy Levitt & Ann Gallelli Endorsed by Croton Democrats for September Primary

August 5, 2012
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As a candidate in the Democratic primary for Croton Village Trustee, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those whom I have not yet had the opportunity to meet.

My wife and I chose Croton in 2008 because of the schools, the natural beauty of the area, the easy commute from our train station, and the overall good vibe we got as soon as we started exploring the Village.  Like many younger families, we made our most important investment by buying our home in this community, and we could not be happier with our decision.   We have made great friends here and think it is a wonderful place to raise our daughters, both of whom will be students at CET as of this fall.

I graduated with honors from Columbia University and the University of Michigan Law School and have been practicing law in Manhattan for over fifteen years, with an emphasis on commercial and securities litigation.  I became involved in local affairs several years ago when I learned about the Harmon rezoning plan.  I think it is an important step toward achieving the critical goal of revitalizing the Harmon business district.  I was glad to speak in favor of the plan at two public hearings, and was gratified to be able to help Leo, Ian, and Casey on last year’s campaign so we could maintain the Democratic majority on the Board and get the revised law adopted this past May.

So why am I running?  As I began talking to my friends about the Harmon issue over the past few years, I realized that families with younger kids, many of whom are commuters and relatively new to Croton, are a large portion of the Village.  I believe that we should be represented on the Board.  Families like ours collectively have a huge stake here and our children will be affected by the decisions the Board makes, but more importantly, we bring a perspective to the table that I believe will benefit the entire Village.  We chose Croton for the same reasons that everyone loves it here, and we want to keep it the special place it is, but we recognize that to do that we sometimes need to adapt and move forward.  (The Harmon rezoning is a good example.  People I talk to are incredulous when they learn that the rezoning plan, which is a reasonable solution to an obvious problem, has been bogged down for years in a morass of political bickering.)  I would like to give this important segment of Croton a voice on the Board to help build a better Croton for everyone.

In addition, in the unfortunate but likely event that the small group of opponents of the Harmon plan choose to engage in more litigation, I think my experience as a lawyer will be invaluable to the Board in resolving the situation as quickly as possible.

I’m also proud to share the Croton Democrats’ endorsement with Trustee Ann Gallelli.  Ann has a proven track record of success as a Trustee and I would be honored to have the opportunity to serve with her and to help continue the good work the Board has been doing.

Finally, I would like to encourage all Croton Democrats to vote in the primary.  The Croton Republicans have announced that they will not field any candidates in the November election, so it appears that the Democratic primary will in fact determine who the Trustees will be.  The Village Board handles many important issues and makes decisions that affect our taxes, our property values, our train station, our police force, and the services we all depend on.  It is crucial to have people on the Board with the experience and judgment to consider these issues and make these decisions.  In this election, I believe that Ann and I are the clear choice.  I would appreciate your vote for both of us on Thursday, September 13.

Andy Levitt

7 Comments leave one →
  1. August 6, 2012 9:11 am

    “In addition, in the unfortunate but likely event that the small group of opponents of the Harmon plan choose to engage in more litigation, I think my experience as a lawyer will be invaluable to the Board in resolving the situation as quickly as possible.”

    Just what we need another lawyer.

    Croton is currently a spectacular place to live. Once the low income housing comes in, excuse, me, affordable housing, once the crime starts I will be the first to move out of here. The issue I have seen over and over again is people who have grown up in low to no crime areas have always lived “the good life”. They have no idea what happens when you do this sort of thing. People with no understanding starting this will have excuse after excuse once things go bad.

    • August 6, 2012 11:27 am

      When are the opponents of the Harmon rezone/renovations/improvement project going to learn that the new zoning is NOT ABOUT HOUSING? It’s about aesthetic improvements to a turn of the century hamlet that needs revitalization? The mantra that this is being done to encourage and provide housing for “needy” people is simple NOT TRUE. The apartments – if any – will be for market rate housing for young and old – people just like you and me!

      And yes, “just what we need is another lawyer.” A good attorney who can cut through the volumes of misinformation and scare tactics being used by a few to prevent any change in Harmon. And by the way …. what is Kevin Davis’ position on the Harmon project? Is he for or against it? I don’t believe he’s been involved in the debate that has cost residents thousands of dollars to defend what to many of us seems to be frivolous and unnecessary litigation.

      • watchdog permalink
        August 6, 2012 1:14 pm

        “It’s about aesthetic improvements..”
        ‘The apartments–if any–will be for market rate housing…”

        Mrs. Grant, can you show us–‘if any’– where in the new law one can find the specifics you’ve mentioned here? Theyare, in fact, written down. Yes? Or is your grasp of Harmon rezoning as good ss your grasp of ‘friendship’?

  2. August 7, 2012 12:32 am

    Rroww, Dog, you may be in the running for Cudequest’s “Cute Dog of the Month!” Ms. Grant’s comments regarding the candidates she supports have some merit, although they could have been couched in a more artful manner. Mr. Davis’ remark regarding his son was exactly what any parent should say, but unfortunately the comment was naive. I support Kevin Davis’ right to run for office, I just think there are better choices out there this year. There have been more people interested in running as a Democrat in village elections than seats available for at least three election cycles. This just happens to be a year when a person who didn’t get the party nod decided to force a primary. The sad little crew over at the Pennysaver (ncn) forum is treating KD’s run for office like the second coming of JC while these same folks have been making nasty, hurtful and unwarranted remarks about Kevin’s intellect and emotional development for years. In their tiny craniums, Kevin Davis has joined them to face down a common enemy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Faced with an unwinnable election in November, the Croton GOP has decided to frame it like they are keeping the peace by not running anyone. Truth is, they can’t even dig up one of their usual less than stellar candidates due to the Dems “McCarthyist” tactics–their words, not mine. The local Reps’ cries of “Foul!” aren’t quite loud enough to drown out the echoes of their own campaign strategies:
    Falsely claiming that tenements were coming to Harmon:
    http://www.crotonblog.com/archives/news/the_election_battleground/#flyer
    Falsely claiming that the garbage industry is returning to Croton:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5071139268087025931
    Falsely accusing sitting democratic trustees of taking payola from the waste management industry:
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3484355784059135162
    Falsely accusing the Croton Democratic Committee of getting them kicked off the Republican line on the ballot:
    http://www.crotonblog.com/archives/2007/02/14/village_elections/croton_gop_candidates_lose_republican_party_line/
    With this sort of tripe out of the picture, Croton may actually get the government it deserves.

  3. August 7, 2012 5:05 am

    If you believe that apartments above stores on a main street will be rented by people “like you and me” you are sadly mistaken and unfortunately naive. I have seen how these things play out before. Many of the people who grew up in their grandiose neighborhoods have no idea of this understanding.

  4. August 13, 2012 9:35 am

    It’s exciting to see Kevin Davis’ Campaign for the Croton Board of Trustees gaining support. Kevin has been going door-to-door during this hot summer meeting Croton residents and learning what’s on their minds.

    After 6 years of attending Board Meetings, Kevin is extremely knowledgeable on the issues and is determined to make a positive contribution in Croton.

    The Croton Board needs Kevin’s New Ideas and Energy.

    Go Kevin Davis Go!

    • September 13, 2012 10:43 am

      Harris Rubinroit is very outspoken but not too creative. I’ve seen this same post at least 6 times–even attached to an article about a school board race!
      If Mr. Davis actually knew what the budget process entails (which he should if he has attended so many board meetings) he would be aware that the proposed budget is submitted by the Village Manager to the Village Board. The trustees must then pare it down to an acceptable size for to retain services and keep taxpayers from over paying. Ann Gallelli and the current VB got the proposed budget down over 5% last year.

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