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Letter To The Editor: Myers 'Meets Our Needs'

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- The following letter was sent to Mamaroneck Reporter Brian Donnelly detailing why Democratic incumbent Judy Myers is their choice for County Legislator in District 7. Myers will run for the position in the Nov. 8 election against Suzanna Keith (R).

District 7 represents Larchmont, Rye, Mamaroneck, part of New Rochelle and part of Harrison on the county Board of Legislators.

Dear Fellow Voters:

This Tuesday is an important election for all of us.  Our local government and the County of Westchester are struggling with a number of critical issues. One of the more formidable challenges is balancing the reduction of taxes and the continuation of viable services for us, our families, children, single parent families, and our elders. Judy Myers, as our elected County Legislator, has been in the forefront of these struggles developing solutions that better meet our needs. She has fought to have our county maintain services without burdening us, the taxpayers. Judy has been in the vanguard of these struggles. While Judy is working hard for us, her opponent, with limited political experience, is taking credit for actions that are not really truthful. She accuses Judy of non-performance of her job and defacing Judy of her representation and commitments to all of us who reside in District 7.

Judy has chosen to target the challenges of flooding mitigation and finding alternative funding, thereby minimizing the tax burdens on us all. As a member of the County Board of Legislators, it was Judy who voted to relieve us of the tax burdens. She voted for the mothers and children and families on the critical issue of child care.  She has matured in public service and has the competency to deal with the “tough” issues as an individual and not as a person who will be an echo for any County Executive. Judy has shown the courage to come to solutions that mean something for people. She sharpened her knife when it came to tax cutting; and not surprising, her vote was more realistic and crucial.  Whereas, the County Executive’s proposal for cutting taxes was higher than the proposal made by Judy and her colleagues on the Board of Legislators.

Judy is a woman who cares and has shown strength in presenting the facts. She gives us the transparency we need as residents. She does not meet behind closed doors.  Judy stands tall and shares with us the importance of the issues and what she will do for us all.

We both have lived in the district for over 47 years, where we have grown our children. In all the time here, we have struggled to vote for the candidates who are talented and independent thinkers. Judy is one of those free thinking, caring legislators who have followed in Assemblyman George Latimer’s traditions. Judy will continue to bring to government a balance that should prevail in a democracy – the gift of combing the best ideas of both Democrats and Republicans in the struggles to improve our resources to better meet the needs of people. She will think about what is right and correct and not discard needed services. She will fight for us.

Sincerely,

Camille F. Murphy, social worker and former director, Office for Women, County of Westchester

Joseph P. Murphy, Jr., social worker, co-founder of the Rye Senior Advocacy Committee, member of the Board of Directors, SPRYE, and former trustee of the Rye Board of Education

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