GREENBURGH, N.Y. With no one running against Town Supervisor Paul Feiner in the 2011 elections, the incumbent has all-but-clinched his 11th term and will keep his seat for another two years.
From 2012-2014, Feiner said he looks to bring new businesses to Greenburgh to increase the town's revenue. While many restaurants opened in 2011, residents can expect two new supermarkets in the area (Stop & Shop and H-Mart), the fruition of the biotech company BioMed, and the opening of the Captain Lawrence Brewery (formerly located in Mount Pleasant).
Feiner's current hot button issue is the future of the Tappan Zee Bridge . While a new bridge is currently being fast-tracked, Feiner said he wants to see the old bridge turn into a high line, akin to the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. While some residents support the idea, others have claimed that it is a waste of town resources and that maintenance will be very costly.
"I see this as having so much potential," Feiner said. "If we could make this happen, I think it could be the most popular attraction in Greenburgh and the river villages."
As part of Greenburgh's tentative 2012 budget , Feiner wants to consolidate government to save the town money. Throughout the next term, town employees will not receive pay raises nor will available existing positions be rehired.
Residents can expect affordable housing to jump back into the spotlight as Feiner wants to build on excess school land and offer it to teachers.
As part of a healthier environment initiative, Greenburgh may begin mulching leaves within the next few years. It is quicker, better for the air, and results in better looking lawns.
"Im very accessible to people, whether theyre homeless or multi-millionaires; I really listen to the public," Feiner said. "I dont think Ive ever gotten stale. Im always thinking of different ways of making the town more efficient.
Feiner's biggest criticisms have centered around the property tax levels and the tax hikes. Residents have wondered what the town's money is spent on, and why certain necessary projects do not take precedence over media-friendly ones.
He has the support of the Democrats, the Working Families and the Independents.
The elections are on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
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