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Waterfront, Shared Services Important for Donnelly

OSSINING, N.Y. – Town supervisor candidate Susanne Donnelly is proud of her accomplishments on the waterfront during her five years as village trustee, including limiting waterfront buildings to three stories high and persuading the Riverkeeper environmental watchdog organization to establish its headquarters in Ossining.

"I'm on the Waterfront Vision Committee and we thought the waterfront should be kept as open as possible," Donelly said.

Donnelly, 58, was appointed a village trustee in June 2006 and has since won two elections for her trustee seat. Her interest in the waterfront is enhanced by the time she spends on the Hudson River sailing. The trustee is a member of the Ossining Boat Canoe Club and the Ossining Sailing Club.

If elected town supervisor, Donnelly said she would focus on having more shared services, where appropriate, and expediting the sale or rental of the town's police station, which is currently used by county police who do not pay rent.

Donnelly would also try to negotiate with Briarcliff Manor officials to see if they could be included in Ossining's consolidated court system. Ossining town and village courts are expected to function as a consolidated court starting in January.

"I am extremely fiscally conservative. I'm a driving force in controlling expenditures and constantly reviewing the budget," Donnelly said.

Donnelly owns her own business, Linc2 Retail Systems, which sells, installs, maintains and supports point of sale systems for independent supermarkets, including the C-Town supermarkets in Ossining and Tarrytown. She started working in the supermarket industry in 1975 and has previously worked for seven years as a director of D'Agostino supermarkets.

"I enjoy being a self-thinker," the trustee said.

Aside from being a business owner, sailor and village trustee, Donnelly also worked this year with Ossining's Communities That Care organization to put together a series of weekly summer activities for middle school students.

"We asked kids for a list of things they would like to do on a Friday night and we took the top five items and made them happen," Donnelly said.

Kids in the program painted a mural, visited IBM, flew kites and watched movies while in the community swimming pool, among other things.

Donnelly is running for town supervisor on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Her opponent, town councilman Peter Tripodi IV, is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines.

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