CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Two incumbent Croton Democrats are being backed by a coalition of parties in the village’s elections this fall.
Ann Gallelli and Brian Pugh, who are running as a slate for two seats on the Village Board, have also been endorsed by the Women’s Equality Party, Working Families Party and the Independence Party.
In a release, the pair pointed to accomplishments that included: adopting “back-to-back tax cap compliant budgets,” overseeing “a once-in a generation upgrade” to the village’s water system, helping maintain the village’s bond rating and overseeing the first mixed-use developments under the village’s new Harmon zoning law.
They said they also helped acquire Gouveia Park, a 15-acre estate on Route 9A that was donated to the village by the late Laurel Gouveia, along with a $1 million endowment for its upkeep.
Pugh and Gallelli said their top priorities going forward include: securing 100 percent renewable energy for Croton through the Westchester Power Community Choice Aggregation program; the timely completion of the Croton Point Avenue improvement project; controlling property taxes by developing non-property tax sources of revenue and sharing services; increasing transparency by making more public documents readily available and re-establishing a monthly village newsletter.
Gallelli, a 40-year Croton resident, has served as chairwoman of the Planning Board and served on the committee that developed the village’s current Master Plan. She has been on the Village Board since 2006 and is its liaison to the Advisory Board on the Visual Environment and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Pugh was elected to the Village Board in 2014, helped lead a successful 2011 campaign to move his village’s elections from March to November.
He graduated from Fordham University Law School and was awarded the Addison M. Metcalf Labor Law Prize in 2015.
He is the board’s liaison to the Sustainability Committee, the Conservation Advisory Council, the Water Control Commission and the Waterfront Advisory Council.
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