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Council Candidate Strives to Shake Up Town Hall

GREENBURGH, N.Y. - In high school, Ken Jones took part in student government, and thought he would be a national politician when he grew up. But an unsavory experience working for the Democratic National Committee's general council in 1992 put a bad taste in his mouth.

Instead, he put his political ambitions aside and, inspired by his great-aunt, who was the first black woman to pass the New York State Bar Exam, became a lawyer and opened his own practice: Jones, Richardson, P.C. in Brooklyn.

In early 2011, Jones' neighbors expressed dissatisfaction with the candidates running for Town Council and encouraged him to enter the race with their backing. Now running unopposed in the 2011 elections, alongside current Councilman Kevin Morgan (who is also running unopposed in his reelection), Jones is looking forward to lending his knowledge and expertise to the Town Board.

"There are still things I have to learn," Jones said. "One of the things that I want to do is listen to constituents and see what people are saying. I want to be a vehicle for their change. I really want to do what the people who voted me into office want and give voice to their concerns. I want to do what I can to see to it that they're heard."

Jones' main goal as a councilman is to work on the Comprehensive Plan, a cohesive development plan that will give the town more knowledge of the village's laws and regulations, and vice versa.

"It will go a long way to improving the way we make purchases, the way we spend tax dollars, and, ultimately, help us lower the tax burden," Jones said.

Jones will attempt to change the way Town Board meetings are run by possibly allowing the council members an allotted time to reply to public comments. Jones also said that he intends to give more support to law enforcement, help Greenburgh become more environmentally-friendly, and strengthen the Theodore D. Young Community Center.

Aside from running his own practice, Jones is also a staff attorney at the Urban Resource Institute, and the president of Doing Art Together Inc. In the past, Jones has worked for the New York State Attorney General, the Legal Aid Society, and the Harlem Restoration Project. He is also the co-founder of Life Skills Inc., and is the vice-president of the Parkway Gardens Civic Association.

Jones received his B.S. in Policy Analysis from Cornell University in 1988, and his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Wisconsin Law School. In his spare time, Jones enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife – hiking, biking, roller-skating and kayaking.

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