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Croton Democrats Battle Croton United In Village Elections

Incumbent Leo Wiegman is being challenged by Greg Schmidt in the race for mayor of Croton-on-Hudson.
Incumbent Leo Wiegman is being challenged by Greg Schmidt in the race for mayor of Croton-on-Hudson. Photo Credit: File Photo

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- The Croton Democrats will be facing off against Croton United in this year's elections for mayor and seats on the village board.

Mayor Leo Wiegman, a Democrat, is running for re-election against Croton United's Greg Schmidt, a former mayor.

Wiegman is joined by incumbents Andrew Levitt and Maria Slippen. Schmidt's slate includes Bob Anderson and Ken Walsh, who are running for the village board.

Wiegman has been mayor since 2009 and said he said he has been committed to holding the line on taxes without reducing services and maintaining infrastructure.

"I was able to restore calm, civil discourse to our village board meetings," Wiegman said. "We have kept tax increases down to less than 1.4 percent per year without cutting services."

Wiegman said the village is on the cusp of an economic renaissance and would like to see redevelopment in the business district.

Levitt said his team has a proven track record of success and a positive vision for the future, while his opponents do not.

"We've enhanced open spaces through the acceptance of the gift of Gouveia Park and we're working on a pedestrian walkway along the Hudson River between Senasqua Park and Croton Landing," Levitt said. "Things are going really well in Croton and I hope the voters will allow us to continue our good work.

Slippen said she cares about the future of Croton and is it vital that the village constantly strives to improve and prosper.

"That takes vision, foresight and, most of all, a willingness to work hard to achieve that goal," Slippen said. "I know that making prudent fiscal choices, like financing infrastructure projects through a deep understanding of the economics, allows us to move forward responsibly."

Anderson and Croton United charge that bond debt has doubled, water rates are up 67 percent and sewer rates are up 115 percent under Wiegman and the Croton Democrats.

Anderson said if elected he will review all proposed projects and prioritize which projects are essential.

Croton United has also committed to having more transparency in government and allowing more public input at village board meetings, including hosting periodical village forums.

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