PEEKSKILL, N.Y. All this week, The Daily Peekskill will be featuring interviews with the common council candidates running in the Nov. 8 general elections.
Today we profile Peekskill Democratic Common Council Candidate Kathy Talbot. Talbot is a former graphic design artist who recently became a New York State licensed clinical social worker. She was director of the Womens Center at VIP Community Service in the Bronx, which provides clinical services to women struggling with substance abuse and the systemic issues that often compromise their successful treatment.
Talbot has served on several community boards, including the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Peekskill Education Foundation as a founding member, Women in Communication Inc. and Women in Management.
She was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee in 1974 and served two terms. She is a homeowner in the Fort Hill section of Peekskill and has a married son and two grandchildren.
1. Why are you running for public office?
I am running for the Peekskill City Council to continue to move Peekskill forward, keep taxes down and expand the revitalization of Main Street and the Monument Park neighborhood. I want to keep Peekskill on track to becoming the cultural, shopping, entertainment, recreation and business hub of the Hudson Valley.
2. What skills and or experience would you bring to the job?
I am a third-generation Peekskill resident and long-time homeowner and passionate about Peekskill and the exciting direction it is moving under the Democratic administration. I bring a unique combination of business and interpersonal skills to the city council: from my business experience, a clear understanding of the challenges facing our small businesses and from my social work background I will listen, intervene and help problem-solve complex issues by listening to all sides and working towards meaningful consensus.
3. What issues would you like to address in the city?
The expanded revitalization initiatives downtown to mixed-use neighborhoods starting with the Monument Park neighborhood. To change dynamics in communication in the city and council chambers and encourage support of small businesses and entrepreneurs to retain them in the city.
4. How do you differ from your opponents in your views of what should be done to make Peekskill better?
As we continue to build on the revitalization that everyone can clearly see downtown and now in the mixed-use neighborhoods, investors and business people will be attracted to support and start businesses in the city. That will create jobs and increase our tax base, which helps us all. Confidence in the citys future will grow. Peekskill is in an upward spiral there is more to do but the positive direction it is going is unmistakable.
5. What else would you like voters to know about you?
I will bring both business and interpersonal skills to the Common Council: my long small business background, a clear understanding of the challenges facing our small businesses; and from my present career as a clinical social worker, the ability to listen, intervene and problem-solve complex issues with the goal of working towards meaningful consensus.
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