In Eastchester, voters should ask, 'What's the plan, Tony?' | Opinion – The Journal News

In this year’s Eastchester elections, there is one clear difference between the Eastchester Now team of me, Eileen DeLucia, and Niamh Hartnett Merluccio and the Colavita team that has dominated town hall for nearly two decades. We have plans for a thriving and prosperous future for Eastchester. Our opponents, we believe, do not.
Here is how we plan to end the mismanagement and inaction of our current town government and chart a new and better direction for Eastchester:
Business growth. We will help develop new businesses by identifying what Eastchester consumers want and seeking out businesses that sell what our residents are eager to buy. The Colavita team has failed to develop any plan to fill vacant store fronts and stop the erosion of the tax base on which our schools and local governments depend.
Grants. We will save Eastchester residents tax dollars by ending the Colavita team’s failure to seek out federal and state grants worth millions of dollars to fund needed repairs and improvements to Town infrastructure such as our sewer system and the Lake Isle Dam.
Housing and employment. We will end the waste of taxpayer dollars on lawsuits arising from the Colavita team’s discriminatory practices in housing and employment, which have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and increased the Town’s insurance premiums.
Parks and recreation. We will develop a comprehensive parks and fields plan with Bronxville, Tuckahoe and the school districts to assure a variety of recreational opportunities for both our town’s young families and its active seniors.
Master plan. We will update the quarter-century old Town Master Plan, which has been ignored by the Colavita team, to reflect the many changes of the past 25 years and using that Plan to maintain Eastchester’s suburban feel by controlling developments that change the character of existing neighborhoods.
Public safety. We will reduce turnover among our police force — nearly 50% of patrol officers in the past few years – to save the tax dollars we now spend on training replacement officers.
Vernon Hills. We will scrap the Colavita team’s passive approach to the vacant Lord & Taylor site to assure that it is restored for the long term as a center of our community that utilizes all of the existing space and generates needed tax revenue.
Parking and pedestrian safety. We will reduce traffic congestion by making our business districts more walkable and exploring new parking solutions.
Harassment and discrimination. And we will end the Colavita team’s failure to support persons or groups targeted for harassment or discrimination. Every resident should be confident of our rown’s support, regardless of the color of their skin, their national ancestry, who they love or who they pray to.
Above all, we are planning a town that is open, that communicates clearly and listens respectfully, and that delivers for every resident.
After two decades of one-party rule, Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe voters can choose a fresh team to lead our Town in a new direction by supporting John Eickemeyer for supervisor and Eileen DeLucia and Niamh Hartnett Merluccio for Town Board, either on Nov. 2 or during early voting starting Oct. 23 at the Eastchester Library.
John Eickemeyer is running for supervisor in the Town of Eastchester, which includes the villages of Tuckahoe and Bronxville. He is part of the Democratic slate of candidates known as Eastchester Now, together with Niamh Hartnett Merluccio and Eileen DeLucia, who are running to be councilmembers. For information, visit www.eastchesternow.com.

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