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Five Questions: Walsh Seeks Reelection in Harrison

HARRISON, N.Y. – Mayor Joan Walsh , 77, a longtime resident of Harrison, formerly served as Harrison's town clerk for 13 years and has further experience in state government having worked as a senior aide with Rep. Nita Lowey (D – 18th District).

Walsh, a registered Democrat, has lived in Harrison for more than 45 years and is seeking another term as the town's mayor and supervisor. She is running against Ron Belmont .

In her own words, here's how Walsh described her campaign:

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

I have the best interests of the entire town at heart. I have proven that I can bring salinity to the town budget, to our spending while not devastating our services, and I seek to continue to do that. Standard and Poor's who, in September raised our "negative" outlook rating of many years to a "stable" rating outlook have recognized my efforts. They made a point of recognizing the change in management, which brought about their upgrade.

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

- Award the bid for the MTA project, and see that work begun.

- Get the DEC Judge to make a decision on the fate of the Beaver Swamp fields so we can turn it into a park.

- Get the unions to agree with changes in the health plan so those costs can go down.

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

Hindsight is always wonderful. So yes, there have been mistakes.  I have learned from them.

What specifically makes you different from your opponent?

My deep knowledge of the operation of all levels of our government, or each department, and my proven ability to contain costs, yet deliver the services that our residents want and need.

What is the best part of Harrison?

Its people. The friendliness of its people.  Our schools are great, we are close to NYC for commuters, there are wonderful career opportunities, and homes in every price range.  However, it is the people who make a town a great place to live, and Harrison has wonderful people who do just that.

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