Manor Republican platform promises ‘highest level of village services’ with fiscal responsibility

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The Republican Party platform for the Village of Pelham Manor elections underlines the candidates’ record of “sound governance” and promises they will “continue to ensure that the village uses our tax dollars to provide the highest level of municipal services in a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner.”

Incumbent GOP Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey is seeking reelection as are trustees A. Michelle DeLillo and Joseph Senerchia. They are opposed by Democrat Ramsey McGrory for mayor and Andrea Ziegelman and Lance Koonce for the village board seats. Voting is March 16. A story on the Democratic platform is here.

One plank in the platform covers communication and transparency. 

“The Manor leadership team has increased the number and variety of communication channels to best serve our neighbors, promoting transparency and dialogue,” according to the platform. It discusses accessibility to village board meetings via public access channels and a new Facebook Live stream, as well as the many social media platforms used to reach a wide range of age groups. 

The Manor Republicans say they “will continue to ensure we receive the highest level of police, fire, sanitation, parks and DPW services, using less than one-quarter (approximately 22%) of each household’s real estate taxes.”

On the police department, the platform lists increased accountability and training, the reinstitution of the D.A.R.E program and the provision of “programs for neighbors with special needs, including autistic children.”

In the fire service, the platform cites “highly trained firefighters” and the assistance the fire department has provided to the department of public works to restore power during storms.

Despite the Covid-19 outbreak, the platform says, “there has been no interruption or reduction in service levels during the pandemic.”

In the environmental stewardship plank,  the candidates say the village has “one of the highest recycling rates in Westchester County at 67%, ranking six out of 42 communities.” The platform cites other forms of environmental responsibility, including “organic composting through a public-private partnership (PPP) utilizing a circular economy framework,” as well as “village-wide full conversion of LED street lights.”