BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Ossining town council candidate Kim Izzarelli would have liked to see the consolidation of Ossining's courts work out a little differently, and she also isn't pleased with the use of the Town of Ossining's police building on North State Road.
"When they consolidate the court, it's going to raise the entire town's taxes, and Briarcliff's not getting any benefit, it's retaining its own court," Izzarelli said.
Izzarelli is the only Ossining town council candidate who lives in Briarcliff, and she feels that she could bring a more balanced representation to the council if she wins in the Nov. 8 election. There are currently no Briarcliff residents on the town council.
"To not have some representation from the Village of Briarciff has been an ongoing issue," she said.
Izzarelli feels that the merging of the Ossining town and village courts was done somewhat hastily. Waiting another year would have allowed the terms of the three judges on the court to be staggered, and bringing a mediator into the process could have resulted in a better outcome, she said.
With regard to the town's police facility, Izzarelli feels that having a building that taxpayers pay $300,000 per year to be occupied by county police who don't pay rent or maintenance costs is wrong.
"Had there been voters on the town board from the Village of Briarcliff, the outcome of the police merger might have been different," Izzarelli said. "I would have liked all entities the Village of Ossining, the Village of Briarcliff Manor and the town outside in Ossining to have all benefited from a mutually agreed upon solution."
Izzarelli has worked for more than 15 years as a consultant in the pension and employee benefits field. She is currently employed as an internal auditor for a $3.5 billion private pension fund, and she is an audit committee member for Briarcliff schools.
If elected, Izzarelli would like to do a "top to bottom" review of the financials of several non-profit organizations that are linked to local government, including Dale Cemetery, the Ossining Boat and Canoe Club and the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Izzarelli would also like to work on financing for the increasing costs of employee pensions and health care benefits.
"I come from a big family with four siblings and I'm a true believer that if people are committed to a process and they're honest, the outcome can be positive and productive," she said.
Izzarelli, 51, has two children, ages 11 and 13, in Briarcliff Middle School. She grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Briarcliff for 15 years.
Izzarelli is running on the Republican and Conservative lines for Ossining town council, along with Stephen Dewey. Her opponents on the Democrat and Independence Party lines are Geoffrey Harter, a current town councilman, and Eric Blaha.
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