People who live in Westchester are good, compassionate people who want everyone to have a good quality of life. But as Gina Arena says, sometimes our eyes are bigger than our wallets.
The urge for Westchester County to do more and more is leaving residents with less and less.
Our property taxes — controlled and set by the county government — have been raised twice in two years. At the same time, the cost for groceries and gasoline have increased.
There are many multi-generational families in Northern Westchester. But many of our parents can no longer afford to live here. Our adult children can’t afford to stay here, and those who have moved out cannot afford to move back. And the rest of us? It’s getting harder and harder for us to stay here too.
Gina Arena believes that if we really care about our community and the people here, we need to make some tough choices. County government cannot do everything for everyone. County government has to be responsible, or it cannot deliver the services we need — let alone the services some of us would like.
As our new County Legislator, Gina Arena will work with Democrats, Republicans and Independents to find a practical solution to our fiscal problems. She will ally herself with those who share her concerns about Westchester’s future, and find alternatives to the economic and fiscal dead end facing the County.
Jobs & Economic Growth
One of the by-products of county government not being responsible with spending and taxes has been job loss.
Westchester was a beacon of economic activity for much of the 20th century. But as time goes on, more and more small, medium and large businesses have pulled up stakes and moved elsewhere because of our county’s less-than-friendly economic policies.
Gina Arena wants to make county government an ally for entrepreneurs, business owners, and companies — so we can increase the tax revenue that allows us to serve the people of Westchester, and make our community an inviting place for people and new jobs.
An emphasis on fiscal responsibility and economic growth is not an end in itself.
Gina Arena believes that her approach gives us the tax base and the other resources we need to provide services for senior citizens, veterans, those with disabilities, and those struggling with opioid addiction.
It also means better schools for our children, so they can compete in the global economy of the 21st century. And specialized education for those who learn differently, and who struggle more than the rest of us. Every child we help is another job-holding, tax-paying adult in a few years.
And it means a better quality of life for everyone who lives and works in Westchester.
Parks & Our Environment
The great outdoors is one of the best things about living in Westchester. The pandemic made many of us more aware of this, with local parks providing a tremendous relief and refuge during the lockdown.
But Westchester parks are under attack from the county legislature, who see a different kind of green: dollar signs.
Here’s what’s happened: A well-known local park, Merestead in Bedford, was donated to Westchester by the Patterson family. Their deed created a $4.5 million trust to ensure that the property remains open to the public. But county legislators have filed a lawsuit to dismantle the deed, and liquidate its $4.5 million trust — turning the funds over to (you guessed it!) the very same county legislature.
Gina Arena will fight to protect our parks, and honor agreements that have given so much to enrich life in Westchester. She will work to make sure that county government takes the lead in reducing Westchester’s carbon footprint, like the Bedford 2020 Initiative.
With Gina Arena as our new county legislator, we’ll have a dedicated, hardworking champion who will fight for you and your family on the issues that matter.