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Paramedic Looks Forward to Serving Elmsford

ELMSFORD, N.Y. - Raymond Cordi is looking forward to bring new life to the Elmsford Board of Trustees with his extensive paramedic and nursing background.

"As a village trustee I will bring the many years of experience of working with people and perhaps a unique perspective afforded by my nursing, emergency work and public health background," Cordi said.

Cordi, 51, an Elmsford resident since 1999, is running unopposed in the March 20 election for the trustee seat being vacated by Deputy Mayor William Zimkin. Cordi is a 13-year member of the Live Oak Engine Company. Currently completing his master's degree as a family nurse practitioner, Cordi is the chief paramedic for the Stat Ground team with Empress Ambulance at Westchester Medical Center.

"When Billy Zimkin decided not to run for the village trustee position I jumped at the opportunity," Cordi said. "I have known Mr. Zimkin through activities with the fire department and find him someone to emulate. Serving the community of Elmsford as a firefighter is something that I am proud of and would like to continue to serve Elmsford in a different capacity."

Cordi, who grew up in the Bronx and is married to Dr. Heidi Cordi, believes the village is well run and would like to help filling some of the vacant storefronts.

"Issues that interest me are the large commercial lots that are vacant, such as the building where Syms was," he said. "Empty buildings are not desirable but attracting business that would complement the village would be optimal."

He is also concerned about traffic in Elmsford and the possibility of it increasing with the construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

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