I’m running for Mayor because I have the skills, experience, and passion to get the village’s governance back on track.
Since moving to Cold Spring in 2010, I have become increasingly involved in local public affairs, joining the board of the Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and serving for more than five years, the last two-and-a-half as its president. I have also served on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2013.
As a lawyer for more than 30 years, I manage complex relationships and mediate conflicting interests. As an entrepreneur, I find solutions to challenges that provide benefits for all parties. These skills, along with my experiences in life, especially in Cold Spring, will enable me to help lead this amazing village forward successfully.
If elected, I would lead the village with an emphasis on transparency, collaboration and respect for all. I would focus on infrastructure improvements, and collaborate with all entities and agencies to find new funding resources, especially for the costs impacted by tourism. I would take steps to straighten out the village’s finances. Finally, I would restore the working relationship between the village and the business community that existed before the current administration.
I love Cold Spring. I grew up on Whitehill Place, attended Haldane and raised my five children here in Philipstown. I’ve run a small contracting business in Philipstown for over 35 years. I live on Academy Street with my wife Stephanie Hawkins.
Community service has been a big part of my life. I began coaching Philipstown Little League, and continued coaching Rec basketball, soccer and Haldane Modified Football. I served as a trustee on the Haldane Board of Education for 10 years – five as its president. During my tenure, on the BOE, I worked collaboratively with fellow trustees and administrators to see the high school annex built, major infrastructure needs addressed and academic programming advanced.
After a rewarding experience at Haldane I was elected to the Philipstown Town Board. In 2015, I ran for mayor of Cold Spring and resigned my unfinished term on the town board. I felt duty-bound to challenge a candidate who appeared to share few of our community’s values.
Since then, I’ve been honored to serve the village and proud to have accomplished so much with our dedicated village staff and neighbors on the Board of Trustees. Together we have made marked improvements in the village: video taping of all board meetings; starting and completing the Main Street Improvement and state Department of Environmental Conservation coal tar remediation projects; and implementing metered parking in our municipal lot, to name just a few.
I would be honored by the opportunity to continue serving our village as mayor.