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Five Questions: Corvino Runs for Harrison Clerk

HARRISON, N.Y. - The Daily Harrison will be compiling candidate portraits leading up to the Nov. 8 general elections by asking candidates the same five questions.

Frank Corvino , 23, a longtime resident of Harrison, went through the town's school system and graduated cum laude from Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. His college experience is a vital cornerstone to his plans for the clerk's office, he said, which includes modernization and expanding online documentation.

Corvino also worked as an instructor and Special Olympics coach for special need adults and children at South East Consortium for nearly 10 years.

In his own words, here's how Corvino described his campaign:

Why would you be a good representative in the coming term?

The clerk's position, although elected, should function in a truly nonpartisan manner serving all Harrisonites equally. One of the most important functions of the clerk is to create and maintain accurate records of the town board meetings and resolutions.

I can perform the duties with no bias. I am happy to say my family ties cross all political lines, and I will serve all equally. For nearly a decade, I have been serving some of our most challenged individuals.

This I feel is a good reflection of my patience, people skills, and ability to manage difficult situations. This experience plus my education makes me well equipped to serve Harrison.

If elected, what are the three biggest goals you'd work to accomplish?

- Enhance the communication of the town board meetings for the residents of Harrison by broadcasting them online.

- Create cost and time saving processes to the residents of Harrison through innovation and technology i.e. online services for applications and payments for permits issued through the town clerk's office.

- Use technology to "go green" in the clerk's office.

Has the local government made any mistakes or had any oversights that you'd try to avoid?

I recently attended a presentation by Mr. Robert Freeman, New York State's expert on Freedom of information Law (FOIL). Mr. Freeman made a strong case for transparency in government, and stated that the Town should be releasing information to the public without prior approval of the law department.

I know Mayor Walsh is interested in exploring this matter, and I personally believe residents of the town have the right to expect transparency regarding town business. During this economic down turn we are aware of the need for physical improvements. I will do everything within my power to continue Mayor Walsh's cost saving approach.

What specifically makes you different from your opponent?

I am 23, which was the same age Joey Acocella was when he was first elected to office (School Board). I am single, have no kids and have very few obligations outside of work, and can be 100 percent committed to the job of town clerk. Joey Acocella and I came of age in the era of technology.

For young people today understanding technology and adapting to how rapidly it evolves is second nature. In fact technology has been so central to my life that I majored in computer information systems and minored in business in college.

My work experience consists of nearly a decade in public service. All of these facts combined with my energy and enthusiasm to excel in any endeavor support my candidacy to serve Harrison.

What is the best part of Harrison?

Harrison is a community with strong family values. Many Harrison families have been here for generations, but new Harrisonites are arriving from all corners of the globe. We have a small town feel, but easy access to Manhattan, the ocean, and the mountains.

This sense of tradition here coupled with the open embrace of the new makes Harrison unique. For instance, Harrison welcomed so many Japanese the Keio School was built here. Keio is just one of many excellent schools here.

In fact Harrison is home to many top-notch schools. Harrison central schools are recognized nationally for their Excellency. NYU and Fordham have extension centers here. But the best thing is that we are a community of caring people.

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