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New Ardsley Trustee Wants A More "Robust" Village

ARDSLEY, N.Y. — Nicole Minore, 40, is about to become the newest and youngest trustee in the Village Board.

Running unopposed, on the Democratic line, she will take the seat vacated by Peter Porcino, 60, who is in turn replacing Jay Leon as village’s mayor. Leon decided to step down after six years in office. Running with Minore, also unopposed, is Larry Nardecchia Jr., 70, whose two-year term as trustee expires this year.

For three years, Minore has volunteered in the village’s park and recreation commission and in the Ardsley Day Committee. One of her main achievements, she said, was to help turn Ardsley Day into a more “robust” event, one that sets Ardsley as a “destination” rather than a “pass-through” place.

“It reminds people that we have a village,” Minore said of the festival, which this year happened on Sept. 25 and had an apple pie baking contest and restaurant tastings among its attractions.

“Robust” is a word Minore often uses to describe a community that engages its members and supports its local businesses. And the secret to achieve that, she said, is to improve the communication between government and residents.

“So people understand more how the village operates day to day and how they can get involved,” she said.

Being the creator of the village’s email blast system, now with around 500 subscribers, Minore shares Porcino’s desire to revamp the village’s website .

She said that her belief in the power of communication comes from her marketing background. After working for years in advertisement, Minore is today the marketing vice-president of a healthcare media company in her native Connecticut.

Married and with a 7-year-old son and a 2 year-old daughter attending Concord Road School, she said that it will be good for the village to have a representative who, like many other residents, is raising a young family.

“I think I am going to bring a different point of view to the existing board,” Minore said. “Simply because I am in a different point in life than the other trustees.”

Yet she said that politics isn’t her motivation (neither is the trustee’s salary of $2,400 a year), and that she probably wouldn’t run if the Ardsley Democratic Committee didn’t invite her.

“I don’t look at this as politics,” she said. “Just as an extension of the volunteer work that I’ve been doing.”

Porcino said that Minore’s work and her liaison with other trustees were, indeed, what led the party to invite her.

“She’s always shown herself to be responsible, enthusiastic and competent,” Porcino said.

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