On Tuesday evening, January 29, 2008, over two dozen village Democrats convened at the Croton Free Library’s Ottinger Room in the local Democratic Committee’s Nomination Caucus to select candidates for the upcoming Village elections. The two Trustee seats held currently by Ann Gallelli and Charles Kane will be on the ballot on March 18, 2008.
Trustee Ann Gallelli received the nomination to seek a re-election. Attorney and former UN official Richard Olver received the nomination for the Trustee slot now held by Mr. Kane.
The surprise of the evening was Mr. Kane’s decision to retire from the Village Board and not seek a third term. A popular incumbent and life long resident, Mr. Kane remarked, “I enjoyed working on the Village Board with Leo and with Ann.” Mr. Kane thanked the Croton Democrats for the opportunity to represent the Village on their slate.” Mr. Kane received a standing ovation following his brief remarks which were eloquent in their support of Ms. Gallelli and Richard Olver.
Demetra Tseckares-Restuccia of Truesdale Drive placed Ann Gallelli’s name in nomination for Trustee, “Winning in this election is important because the Village is stuck in a holding pattern. Ann has great vision and tremendous experience.”
Holly Anzani of Park Trail seconded the nomination of Ms. Gallelli, noting her long-time friendship with Gallelli who has “worked tirelessly to make the Village better.”
Gallelli noted, “It’s all about taxes. This Village needs to seriously examine where we can increase our revenues beyond hiking residential taxes and fees.”
Barbara Hart of Giglio Court placed Richard Olver’s name in nomination for Trustee, “Croton needs creative thinking and open minds if we are to unite around affordable solutions to our problems. Richard Olver has the intelligence, the problem solving abilities and the experience needed to productively help Croton move forward.”
John Khoury of Melrose Ave. seconded Olver’s nomination with the following comments, “Our beautiful village has an impressive record of sharing ideas and progressing together. We all hope for a future in Croton that alienates no one and listens to everyone. Our chance right now to ethically and fiscally go forward as a village is achievable with the right people in office here. Richard Olver and Ann Gallelli are offering us the prospect of building bridges of respect with economic common sense to help keep Croton the remarkable place that it is.”
Nominee Olver said, “We need to work across our differences to make this wonderful Village better without increasing taxes. That means respect and listening, instead of endless name calling and point scoring.”
The year’s Village Elections is framed by the state-wide New York Presidential Primary on February 5, 2008 six weeks before, and the Croton Harmon School District’s recently announced School Bond vote scheduled for March 11, 2008, just one week before the Village’s Trustee elections on March 18, 2008.
Further information will be posted in coming days at the Croton Dems’ website.
Ann H. Gallelli
20 Briggs Lane
Croton on Hudson NY 10520
tel: 914-271-5301 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Gallelli, 65, is a 34 year resident of Croton, registered Democrat and current Village Trustee. Ann has long been involved in our local government including a total of 12 years as Planning Board Chair, 2 prior terms as Village Trustee, and 8 years as Chair of the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Committee. Ann is currently President of Board of Directors of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation. In 2004, Ann received the New York State Planning Federation’s highest award (the Heissenbuttal Award for Excellence in Planning). Ann also serves on the Board of the Croton-Harmon Education Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Croton Community Nursery School, where she was previously President for 2 terms, among numerous other PTA, and school related committees. A former employee of IBM, Ann ran her own technical writing business for many years. She is graduate of Stanford University, an avid tennis player and, more recently, a golf fan. Ann enjoys sharing these pursuits with her husband John and two adult children, Carla and John.
5 Fox Road
Croton on Hudson NY 10520
tel: 914-271-5232 | email: email@example.com
Richard Olver, 60, is an attorney and retired United Nations official, with over thirty years of experience in the US and dozens of other countries promoting change to improve peoples’ lives. Richard has worked across political and ethnic differences to promote common visions of a better future through democracy and good governance, public sector effectiveness and reform and sustainable economic growth with environmental protection. He is currently a consultant in strategic planning, organizational development and change management, working with Catholic Relief Services, the International Labor Organization, the UN Development Program, and the UN Relief and Works Agency.
A graduate of Haverford College and the Harvard Law School, Richard has served on the board of an international rainforest preserve, and as a board chairman for schools in Asia and Africa . He and his wife, Karen Jardim, have a child in CHHS and one in CET. He is active in the Education for Ministry program at St. Augustine’s Church in Croton.