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Issues to Remember When Casting Your Vote

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y – With elections for many local positions being held on Tuesday, take a look below at some of the issues that will be discussed and debated at the county level. John Russo will be looking to unseat incumbent MaryJane Shimsky on the Westchester County Board of Legislators for District 12.  Some of the issues being discussed are around flooding, bridges and alternative energy options.

Flooding is an issue that Shimsky spoke at length about after recent storms caused overflows in the villages. “We may not be able to solve all the problems, but that’s not an excuse to do nothing,” Shimsky said.  “If we can at least get a better handle on the 10 year storms, the 20 year storms and the 50 year storms that happen every three weeks it will be much easier for people to deal with the river.”

Bridges in Westchester County have been a hot button issue and Shimsky said she would like to fix as many of the county owned bridges as possible.  “I’ve also been starting to do due diligence that the reconstruction of the Ashford Ave. bridge stays on some semblance of the schedule,” she said.  “That bridge is the worst county owned bridge in Westchester.”

Russo pointed to the Tappan Zee Bridge proposal as one of the issues he would fight if elected. “I don’t want to disturb the river bed in any way if it can be avoided,” Russo said.

Alternative energy sources have been another issue that has been discussed at the county level. “For a long time there’s been this narrative where we’ve pitted the environmentalists against the economic developers,” Shimsky said.  “It turns out there is a whole line of things that can be done that can actually do both, which can make both sides happy.”

Russo suggested alternative sources of energy such as wind turbines, tidal turbines and solar power.  “What have we done to prepare for the day we turn the switch off at Indian Point?” Russo said.  “As far as I’m concerned, nothing, we need to have alternatives in place.”

Polls are open all day Tuesday so make sure to find the one closest to you.

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