Today Cortlandt faces many critical challenges that demand immediate attention. Two of the most pressing issues are the safe decommissioning of Indian Point and the loss of tax revenue resulting from the Indian Point closure. These matters have serious implications for all of us. Cortlandt’s cost of living, public-school systems, public services sustainability and our general well-being are at stake. We will all be affected by the decisions that are made by our local government. We need to act now!
Over the past 3 years, as president of the Verplanck Residents Association (VRA), I have worked to make it into an organization that serves as a conduit between our residents and our local government. I feel that raising public awareness through persistent outreach provides the public with the tools to make informed decisions about issues affecting our town. The VRA has employed this strategy in their efforts to stop the “Port Cortlandt” project, to promote responsible development, and to increase police patrols in our neighborhood.
In an effort to stay informed and provide accurate information to the VRA membership, I have monitored almost every Town Board Work Session and attended Town Board Meetings. Watching our “One Party” town government formulate and deliberate public policy with little to no public participation has been an eye-opening experience. I believe that one party rule leads to myopic thinking. I genuinely enjoy and am truly challenged by working with people of differing viewpoints and opinions. To my mind this is an inclusive and beneficial way of making progress. Encouraging an open dialogue that includes voices on all sides of an issue is key to developing good solutions.
For more than 20 years as BSA Scout Leader, I have mentored hundreds of young people, training them to be Servant Leaders and good, thoughtful members of our society. Seeing their growth and witnessing their accomplishments was deeply satisfying and one of the most important experiences of my life.
My family has been living in Cortlandt for more than 100 years. My deep roots led me to the decision to become proactive in the future of our community. I decided that being a public servant is the best way to make a difference.
I humbly ask for your vote on November 7th. I believe that my qualifications for the office of Town Supervisor, and the unique vision and dedication I would bring to the office, meet the moment.
If you would like to know more about who I am, read on…
I have lived in beautiful Hamlet of Verplanck, the riverfront jewel of the Town of Cortlandt, since my birth in 1963. After graduating from Hendrick Hudson High in 1981, I earned a bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College in graphic design. It was there that I met the love of my life, Marjorie Koepsell. We were married in 1987 and have raised three amazing children together.
For the past 28 years I have worked for Earth Enterprise, a multi- million-dollar commercial printer in New York City that is dedicated to preserving our planet. At Earth Enterprise we calculate the carbon footprint of every job we produce and offset it by planting useful trees in Central America. I began there as a graphic artist and am now the Director of Operations. Earth Enterprise prides itself on being the “greenest printer in America”.
As a lifelong volunteer within our community, I have lectured at St. Patricks Church where I was baptized as an infant.
I have been a member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Society for 40 years.
For the past 23 years, I have been an adult leader with Boy Scouts of America. I have held every unit position within the BSA including Den Leader, Cub Master, Assistant Scoutmaster and Scoutmaster as well as currently volunteering at the county level as Unit Commissioner and Outdoor Events Program Coordinator. I have been the District Commissioner for the past 3 years. In this position I am responsible for all Cub and Scout Units in our District in Westchester.
A major tenet of Scouting is to instill in our members an acute reverence and appreciation for our environment. Scouting teaches our youth to “leave no trace” in the outdoors. Scouts are taught that when they are in the woods, they should “take only pictures” and to “leave only footprints”. For over two decades teaching youth to be well rounded, productive, good citizens has been one of my most fulfilling callings.
During my leadership with the BSA, I have trained youth to become “Servant Leaders” who I have no doubt, will make great contributions to our society as good citizens. I have always stressed that with hard work, and if one endeavors to always “Do Their Best” and “Be Prepared” one will certainly go far in life. I am immensely proud of every one of the hundreds of Scouts that I mentored over the years, eighteen of which attained the high rank of Eagle Scout.
Now that you know a little about me and my commitment to our beautiful community, there continues to be a great need for collaboration and wise planning for the benefit of Cortlandt. Currently the VRA is working with the Town Board on the wise development of our beautiful “Quarry Park” riverfront property. We are working on a solution that utilizes both business and recreation initiatives that will organically grow our tax base, provide jobs and enhance our waterfront amenities. Through the VRA I am continuing to raise awareness and encourage ALL of our citizens to get involved in our local government. I encourage all concerned citizens to make their voices heard, to share ideas and to help improve our town.
I hope that you will support me for Cortlandt Town Supervisor by casting your vote for me in November.
If you have any questions or would like to meet with me, please contact me via email at: email@example.com or say Hi, if you see me walking around town.