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Former Ossining Mayor Endorses Gearity For Post

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To the Editor

I was asked the other day who had my support in the upcoming primary race for mayor of the village of Ossining. Without any hesitation, I told the man who posed the question that my vote would go to village Trustee Victoria Gearity because she is focused on governing the village from the bottom up and not from the top down.

Her approach to solving the village’s problems stands in stark contrast to her opponent’s haughty, imperious. “my way or the highway” manner that interprets a citizens questions as threats to the established order. Victoria Gearity understands that democracy is a messy, necessary, affair and not merely an inconvenient obstacle to be run over on the path to progress.

Two weeks ago, the members of the town of Ossining Democratic Committee overwhelmingly voted to have Victoria Gearity as their candidate for mayor. It seems the principle of majority vote was not to the current mayor’s liking, as it gets in the way of his ambition to go down in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest-serving mayor of a New York municipality. Apparently the current commander-in-chief wants to hold on to his title forever. Clearly, he does not understand that legacy, not longevity, is the hallmark of a true servant of the people.

On Sept. 9, 2014, I urge all registered Democrats in the village of Ossining to cast their precious vote for Victoria Gearity, a woman who respects this community’s past, embraces its future, stands alongside you in moving this little village of ours forward and will graciously turn over the mayor’s gavel to a new generation when you decide the time is right.

Miguel Hernandez Former Trustee and Mayor of the Village of Ossining

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