CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- John Lentini is running for the Cortlandt Town Board. He is registered as Independent. We asked him about his experience in Cortlandt.
Why are you running for office?
I have been working with the Town in my capacity as an architect and have served on the Town's Board of Assessment Review for over 18 years. I believe that both experiences will provide valuable assistance to the Town Board and the Town Supervisor. I want to help and be able to fill the void created by the departing Board Members.
How long have you lived in Cortlandt?
I moved to Cortlandt Manor circa 1989 from Mount Vernon and established my small practice circa 1992.
What do you love about Cortlandt? What makes it the best place to live in Westchester?
When I was alerted to the home that I own, the medium home price in Westchester was over $300,000. However, I found a home in move-in condition, and with trees, for under $200,000. Cortlandt has a greater value for homes than lower Westchester where the proximity to New York City seems to inflate home prices.
Everything anyone needs is available here. We have a direct and reasonable access to major routes and to area airports. We have a greater advantage to use Stewart International Airport than those down County. People that I have spoke to down County believe that Stewart AP is near Canada.
Finally we are located in a historically significant area that was the arena where the roots of our Country was forged and are home to Camp Smith.
Do you have favorite restaurants or favorite places to shop in Corltandt?
I endeavor to visit every restaurant in the area and would not want to slight any one of them. I find most of what I need in the Cortlandt Town Center, however. There are small specialty business like the Buchanan Home Center, Bridge Auto Supply and Curry sales and parts. There are many flooring, cabinet and specialty suppliers from Croton to Mohegan Lake and some of the best home improvement contractors that I have ever worked with are available here. Medical and professional services available here are tops in their fields.
What does Cortlandt mean to you?
I was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Mount Vernon, but Cortlandt is my home Town.
What do you love about Cortlandt that makes you want to represent it in government?
I am honored by those that believe in me and have helped get me on the ballot and believe that it is my duty to serve. I plan on living here for the rest of my life.
Who is on your slate?
My running mate is Theresa Knickerbocker.