OSSINING, N.Y. Bob Daraio, a Democratic candidate for Ossining village trustee, said he can use his background in union negotiations to help with consolidation of municipal services.
"My skill set is very uniquely suitable for consolidation," Daraio said during an interview this week. "I'm hoping to initiate next year the consolidation of town and village Department of Public Works."
Daraio worked for 12 years as a broadcast video engineer at Channel 11 WPIX. He was a shop steward at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1212, and he served on the executive boards of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 644 and the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians of the Communications Workers of America, Local 60.
Daraio said he has been friends with Ossining Village Mayor William Hanauer, who also has a background in unions and theater, for 30 years.
"The reason we live in Ossining is because of Bill," Daraio said.
Daraio said his top priority goals if he is elected as trustee will be to reduce the cost of local government without cutting services and with minimal loss of jobs, and to increase revenue for the village by encouraging more businesses to open in Ossining.
"There's a lot of redundancy in local government. To save money, there's a need to consolidate," Daraio said. "The easiest thing to do to cut costs is to cut people, but that's a short term solution. When you cut staff, you increase turnover, and while it looks on the surface like it saves money, in the long run it really doesn't."
To encourage more people to open businesses in Ossining, Daraio said he would meet with members of the Ossining Chamber of Commerce to get ideas.
"We need to make Ossining a more desirable destination for dining and recreation," Daraio said.
Daraio and his running mate, Manuel Quezada, are running on the Democratic, Independence Party and Working Families Tickets for two Ossining village trustee seats.
Their opponents are Robert Fritsche and Robert Terilli, who are running on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets.
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