OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Please send letters to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To the Editor: I am writing to endorse Victoria Gearity for mayor of Ossining. I have wanted to open a business downtown pretty much since we moved here four years ago. Various things stopped me until now, not the least of which is now 2 years old. However, she is far from the only reason. For years, depending on the day, my enthusiasm for the village would waver, but my excitement reached a high point, probably about a year ago, when I was meeting with Victoria. I found her passion for the entrepreneurial spirit she knows exists within the community to be awesome. She knows Ossining's greatest resource is its residents, our creativity, our O-Pride, our history and our unique makeup that attracts one of the most interesting groups of residents in Westchester County. After our initial conversation, she sent me emails upon emails of ideas, inspirations and how-to advice. I admit, I have also had my lower moments. Taking my investors on a drive through Ossining a little over a year ago -- empty storefronts, dilapidated buildings -- they couldn't see what I could imagine. Thoughts about this election season have been all over social media, which has been illuminating to me as a potential business owner. What I have observed is that people want to take ownership of our village. They feel that there isn’t room for new ideas within the current administration’s vision. The very thought of Victoria as mayor has given many, including me and mine, the impetus to consider investing in our downtown. I look forward to 2015. Jessica Irons
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