Harrison, NY – The Harrison Democratic Committee is excited to announce its endorsement of the Moving Harrison Forward team for election this November — Frank Gordon for Mayor, and Rachel Berkey and Adam Weiner for Town Board — according to Frank Corvino the Committee’s Chairman.
“These individuals bring a progressive, transparent and responsible approach to town government,” said Corvino. “Harrison town government is at an inflection point. After a decade of leadership by the same administration, residents want a fresh start,” he added. “The integrity, experience and backgrounds of the Moving Harrison Forward team are without peer. Residents can look forward to leadership that puts their interests first.”
In a joint statement, Gordon, Berkey and Weiner said, “We are running to return the focus of town government back to the residents of Harrison. We will work tirelessly to deliver what every resident expects and deserves — the highest level of service, and fair and equitable treatment.”
The Moving Harrison Forward team will run on the Democratic and Working Families Parties lines.
Moving Harrison Forward’s campaign platform is set out below.
MOVING HARRISON FORWARD’S COMMITMENT — A FRESH START
Harrison town government is at a turning point. A decade of leadership by the current administration is coming to an end. We believe residents yearn for a different kind of government, one in which power is shared widely, rather than confined to a few.
Moving Harrison Forward intends to return local government to its roots, as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. We intend to elevate your role as active participants in making Harrison a better place to live. Your knowledge of Harrison is an untapped resource that holds the key to solving our community’s problems.
Our commitment to you involves total transparency and total resident engagement in town government. This means we will inform you of important developments well in advance of their reaching the point of no return. It also means we will seek out and embrace all viewpoints, which evidence has shown leads to better outcomes.
Other aspects of our commitment to you involve honesty and fairness. Deliberations will take place under the public eye and there will be no favoritism or cronyism.
You and other Harrison residents are our inspiration. We intend to unite your and our talents and energy into a connected and cohesive force for good to attain Harrison’s full potential.
WHERE MOVING HARRISON FORWARD STANDS ON THE ISSUES
Real estate development has been a welcome economic driver for our town but has strained our infrastructure and threatened our community’s character. The effects of overbuilding on, for example, traffic, parking and our schools must be addressed urgently.
Our tax burden is oppressive and has caused many residents to flee. We will prioritize alternative funding sources to the maximum extent, such as grants from public and private sources.
Many have become complacent about town government because of the amount of effort involved to acquire much-needed information. We support total transparency in government, which means disclosure far in advance and in excess of bare legal minimums.
Our communications to you will focus on substantive issues important to you, not on frivolous matters that waste your time. We will revamp the town’s outdated website and other social media sites so you can easily locate information you need.
We plan to implement a comprehensive committee structure that will unleash the untapped talents of our residents on matters facing our town, including the assimilation of our new Willow Ridge Country Club facility. These committees will serve as developing grounds for future municipal leaders.
Our community is lagging in efforts to combat climate change. We plan to go from last to first in pursuing sustainability goals, such as the State’s Clean Energy Community and Climate Smart Community initiatives.
Our backgrounds are in customer service and we will never forget that we work for you. A helpful resident-service attitude will pervade Town Hall in ways not evident in years. No one will receive special preferences or privileges, least of all elected officials. We will reverse the Mayor’s self-awarded $30,000 pay raise.
More information on the Moving Harrison Forward team and its policies can be found at www.movingharrisonforward.com. Please help support its campaign by donating through its website or through https://secure.actblue.com/donate/mhf.
The Harrison Democratic Committee also endorsed Daniel D. Angiolillo for Town Justice. “To have someone with the knowledge and experience of Justice Angiolillo serving the Town of Harrison cannot be overstated and we are pleased to support his reelection,” said Corvino.
A brief biography of each candidate follows:
Frank Gordon – Mr. Gordon, who had a 25-year career in accounting, law and finance, currently serves on the Harrison Town Board full-time. He applies the same principles of outstanding customer service that he learned in business to resident service. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of JD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago, he also volunteers at the Harrison Food Pantry.
Rachel Berkey – Ms. Berkey is an accomplished administrator, educator and librarian. She had a 21-year career as a school librarian, beginning at Harrison Avenue School and retiring as Head Librarian at New York City’s Churchill School & Center. She and her husband have two grown sons who were educated in the Harrison public schools. She has a MLS in Library Science from the Palmer School at Long Island University, a JD from Cardozo Law School, a MS in Reading Education from Syracuse University and a BA from American University. She serves on the boards of Student Advocacy in Westchester County and the Harrison Children’s Center.
Adam Weiner – Mr. Weiner is a television executive with 20 years’ experience working with global media brands. He is currently working as a leader for New York State’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative and previously served as a Vice President for Nickelodeon. He and his wife have two children, ages 11 and 8, in the Harrison School District and have strong ties to the school communities. He holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Toledo and has been a volunteer softball and soccer coach for many years.
Hon. Daniel D. Angiolillo – Mr. Angiolillo currently serves as Town Justice for the Town of
Harrison. His prior judicial service of 20 years began with his election to the Westchester County Court, followed by the NYS Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District. He was appointed to preside over New York State’s first Integrated Domestic Violence Court. He also served on the Appellate Term, Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts and concluded his prior judicial service on the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. Prior to the bench, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kenneth H. Lange and as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County. He presently serves on New York State’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, as Jurist-in-Residence at Pace University Law School and as President Emeritus for a New York State not-for-profit devoted to Prader-Willi Syndrome. He graduated from Boston College and received his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.