HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. MaryJane Shimsky (D - Hastings-on-Hudson) will be running for her first full term as District 12 legislator after taking over earlier this year in February.
Shimsky is running for reelection to the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 12 for a two year term. The 51-year-old Hastings resident is running on the Democratic Party line and also on the Working Families Party line.
Shimsky will be running against Hartsdale resident John Russo for the District 12 position. Russo, a former real-estate broker and Greenburgh school board member, will be running as a write-in candidate and is a proponent of wind, tidal and solar projects along with conservation efforts.
Shimsky, who resides in the Ravensdale area of Hastings, said one of her goals, if reelected, would be increasing government efficiency through environmentally friendly legislation. With that in mind, Shimsky said she helped establish the Saw Mill River Basin Advisory Board in an effort to combat flooding in the area.
We may not be able to solve all the problems, but thats not an excuse to do nothing, Shimsky said. If we can at least get a better handle on the 10 year storms, the 20 year storms and the 50 year storms that happen every three weeks it will be much easier for people to deal with the river.
Fixing county-owned bridges and roads are also one of Shimskys goals for the district as she said approximately 35 county-owned bridges are considered deficient by the department of transportation.
Ive also been starting to do due diligence that the reconstruction of the Ashford Ave. bridge stays on some semblance of the schedule, she said. That bridge is the worst county-owned bridge in Westchester.
Continuing with her goal of increasing government efficiency through environmentally friendly legislation, Shimsky cited ideas like higher fuel efficiency for county vehicles and mulching by residents in the communities.
For a long time theres been this narrative where weve pitted the environmentalists against the economic developers, Shimsky said. It turns out there is a whole line of things that can be done that can actually do both, which can make both sides happy.
District 12 consists of Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Irvington and parts of unincorporated Greenburgh, including Edgemont and most of Hartsdale.
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