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Mayoral Candidate Knickerbocker's Buchanan Roots Run Deep

Theresa Knickerbocker is running for mayor of Buchanan.
Theresa Knickerbocker is running for mayor of Buchanan. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Theresa Knickerbocker

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- The Village of Buchanan is in Theresa Knickerbocker's blood.

Knickerbocker, whose family is multi-generation Buchanan, is running for mayor in next Wednesday's election against Al Donahue, to replace outgoing mayor Sean Murray.

Knickerbocker, who was elected to the village board in 2009, has been deputy mayor since 2010. She ran unsuccessfully for Cortlandt Town Board last year.

"This is a great village and I want to keep it moving for another four years," Knickerbocker said. "I want to keep the progress moving forward."

Knickerbocker said when it comes to Indian Point, whose Payment In Lieu Of Taxes (PILOT) agreement expires this year, she is focused on getting the best deal for Buchanan.

"I have no problem with Indian Point going back on the tax rolls," Knickerbocker said.

Knickerbocker said she intends on doing research with other municipalities that have plants and see what agreements they have reached.

"We want to get the most money we can get," Knickerbocker said. "The village needs the money for infrastructure improvements."

The current PILOT agreement has Entergy, which owns Indian Point, paying the village $1.9 million.

"This is a huge part of our tax base," Knickerbocker said. "A substantial part of our money comes into the village from them. They are also a huge employer."

Knickerbocker has expressed her opposition to a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through the village, as well as an underground powerline proposed by West Point Partners.

"It's not exactly a positive for our village," Knickerbocker said.

If elected mayor, Knickerbocker said she would like to maintain the great quality of life Buchanan residents have.

"It's about maintaining services and still keeping it affordable to live here," Knickerbocker said. "The people of Buchanan make it the best village. We have a lot of good people. This is a great community, it makes my job easier."

Knickerbocker's Buchanan roots run so deep that her mom was born across the street from where she lives now.

"I try to support the community," Knickerbocker said. "My family has been here for many years."