The following are letters from supporters of David Gelfarb, current Rye Town councilman and Republican candidate for Westchester County Legislature District 6.
Gelfarb faces off against Daniel Brakewood, a Democrat and current Port Chester trustee. To read letters from Brakewood's supporters, click here.
David Gelfarb - A Proven Tax Cutter
I am writing to express my strong support to elect David Gelfarb to be the next County Legislator representing Port Chester, Rye Brook and Harrison.
I see that Gelfarb’s opponent does not have a record cutting taxes or spending at all. In fact during Brakewood’s tenure as Trustee, spending in Port Chester rose 11% ; the tax Levy increased 12%; and the Village debt rose 47%. All of this occurred with Dan Brakewood’s full support.
Brakewood has yet to vote for a tax or spending decrease. Now he wants to go to the County Legislature to do the same thing. I don’t think so.
The contrast between David Gelfarb and Dan Brakewood is startling. For me the choice Is very clear why we need to support Gelfarb - both as an accomplished tax cutter and government reformer - based on his record as a Rye Town Councilman:
- He voted to cut the town tax levy by over 50% over his time in office
- He voted to reduce the town budget by over $1 million
- He increased the town fund balance by 22%
As a Port Chester property tax payer, I can’t afford Brakewood as a trustee. We certainly can’t afford to have Brakewood as a County Legislator, where the current majority has contributed to making us the most highly taxed county in the nation.
Vote for the proven tax cutter for County Legislator on Nov. 8. Vote for David Gelfarb.
Denise Rigano Marcos, Port Chester
Gelfarb Deserves Our Support
David Gelfarb deserves our support in the race for County Legislator. I have known him as a neighbor for seven years, and worked with him closely on the budget committee of the Bellefair homeowner's association when he was Treasurer and later President, and appreciated his competent leadership and even demeanor in the midst of strident discussions.
I saw how he diligently helped residents, such as when we had a drainage issue on my property. Later, as Rye Town Councilman, he together with Joe Carvin did much to reduce the high cost of government.
I also saw how David Gelfarb has been very responsive to issues in the community, such as recently when he helped to maintain permission for the zumba classes that my wife teaches at Crawford Park. Please vote for David Gelfarb for County Legislator.
Gelfarb Is A Leader With Sound Judgment
I had the positive experience of having served with David Gelfarb as co-directors and officers for the Bellefair Homeowners' Association in 2006 through 2008.
In my experience, David was an outstanding volunteer for the HOA. His opinions and judgments on management, operations, controls, planning, budgeting, and relations with and on behalf of the homeowners were always considered, diligent and prudent. He examined all issues on a case by case basis, helping the HOA to act when appropriate and withhold action when necessary.
As President, he helped the HOA to maximize the services to the members of the HOA while simultaneously assuring that expenses were properly managed, financial reserves were established and that the HOA's rights were safeguarded. David's recall of the HOA's business history and his respect for the laws and agreements which governed the HOA were valuable assets to the board during his tenure. Personally, he helped me navigate the different issues that faced us as directors, and I don't remember any reasons for me to significantly disagree with any of his judgments during our joint tenures.
I implore the people of our community to vote for him this November in order for him to continue serving us as best he can in his new role. I absolutely endorse David Gelfarb for Westchester County Legislator this election. He is a good person, and the county can only benefit from his service.
Ross Zelman, Rye Brook
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