On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Pelham Democrats filed Daronco Town House, as three candidates were selected at the Democratic caucus. Pelham Democratic Committee Secretary Eldar Shuminov chaired the caucus, which selected current Trustee and Deputy Mayor Adam Kagan, Trustee Peter Potocki, and Hanan Kamal Eldahry. The three were nominated for the Village of Pelham Trustee positions up for election this coming Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Hanan is a professional journalist who has been working with non-profits in Pelham for over a decade. Her experience as a journalist has been focused on the intersection of business, healthcare and public policy. Her problem-solving and unique background complement Adam and Peter’s and together she says, their experience, talent, and energy will further enhance our Village of Pelham government. Hanan’s top priorities for the village include sharing services with neighboring municipalities to save money through economies of scale, and fostering a clean and healthy environment by continuing on the path of sustainability that the village has emphasized this past year.
Adam has been serving the Village of Pelham as a Trustee for three terms and is seeking a fourth term in addition to his duties as Deputy Mayor. At the end of 2017 the Village Board convened emergency sessions to try to address the loss of the State and Local Tax deduction from federal taxes. The Village Board worked with the school and town Boards to communicate with the public about school and property tax pre-payment options. They continue to work with our State elected officials on this topic, particularly in light of this Village Board’s commitment to stay beneath the 2% property tax cap.
In recent years there had been no new multi-family rental housing built in Pelham. Both Adam and Peter were pleased to work with their Village Board colleagues to adopt a business-district floating zone (“BDFZ”) to make Pelham an easier place to build in-fill development in our downtown corridor. These pocket-developments are designed to drive more people to local stores and restaurants, and at 1-2 bedrooms, they are attractive to empty nesters who would like to stay in Pelham, but for whom a single family home is no longer the right housing choice. Hanan aligns strongly with Adam and Peter in that she wants smart sustainable development that balances new revenue sources with preserving our “village” atmosphere.
The three candidates know that Trustees need varied skills and perspectives when confronting challenges. Adam’s legal and government experience as well as attention to detail, Peter’s business background and historical knowledge of the Village, along with Hanan’s media and communications skills, will lead the Board to find innovative ways to maintain and improve local life.
Your vote on March 20th at Daranco Town Hall (20 Fifth Avenue) from 6am to 9pm will support the ticket that keeps Pelham Strong.