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Rush to Seek New Term on Elmsford Village Board

ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- Lifelong resident and longtime village trustee Edward Rush was nominated by Democratic Committee members Tuesday night to seek a fifth two-year term in March.

Joining Rush on the ballot will be political newcomer Ray Cordi, a firefighter and paramedic, who will be looking to succeed incumbent trustee and deputy mayor William Zimkin, who opted not to vie for reelection.

The last day for candidates to file petitions for the March 6 election is Feb. 14, but Rush is confident he and Cordi will be unopposed since in recent years Democratic and Republican candidates have been cross-endorsed.

"We've pretty much been a bi-partisan board for the last six years," said Rush, one of two Democrats on the five-member village board. "We get along really well and get a lot done."

Also the Hartsdale fire chief, Rush served a two-year term on the village board in the late 1980s, and said he was particularly proud of his work as liaison to the Recreation Department.

"I think we do a lot with the little that we have," Rush said. "We run some good programming for the seniors and the kids, utilizing as little space as best we can."

Rush also pointed to a Safe Housing Task Force instituted a few years ago by Mayor Robert Williams as making a difference in cracking down on illegal housing in the village.

"Some of the things we found were deplorable conditions, people with kids living in rooms behind boiler rooms," Rush said. "It's an ongoing battle and I think we've made some good improvement."

If elected to another term, Rush said he would keep an eye on the Tappan Zee Bridge project, which he maintained could have "a big impact" on the village, and continue to closely monitor development in Elmsford. He said village officials were able to trim the Avalon housing project in half to 440 units.

"Things like that, which aren't very popular but you have to fight," Rush said.

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