A Message from Sarita

  Local

     Elections

           Matter.

I’m running for Village Trustee because I believe local elections matter.

In 2018, I opened my own law office on Main Street in the town after a decade of practice in the Hudson Valley; and in 2019, I joined the Zoning Board in the village.  As a small business owner, I am a member of the Greater Cornwall Chamber of Commerce; and as a resident, I will be serving on the Town of Cornwall Police Reform Panel.

In addition to my current Cornwall efforts, I have been an active member of our larger Hudson Valley community for well over a decade.  I have served on the boards of Leadership Orange, Arc of Orange County (now known as the Arc of Greater Hudson Valley), and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council.  I have served on the Professional Advisors Council of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, the Family Selection Committee of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh, and volunteered as a coach for Girls on the Run Hudson Valley in its early years.

Our local leaders reflect our values and ideals; they help shape the future of our community.  I am proud to be supporting Mayor Brendan Coyne in his campaign for re-election and to be running with my friend, Bill Braine, for Village Trustee.

Together, we will be able to serve our community well and to support the Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson as a beautiful, positive, warm, and tolerant place to live, work, raise a family, and enjoy retirement.

I moved to Cornwall on Hudson in 2015 at the recommendation of friends who already lived in and loved the community.

Like many of our residents, I left Orange County after high school to pursue higher education and build my career—I lived in different places and moved around quite a bit.  My outlook has been shaped and broadened by that diversity of experience. As time went by in Cornwall-on-Hudson, for the first time since I was a child in Wawayanda, I found a place to call home.  I attended summer concerts and Christmas tree lightings and used the train whistles and church bells as a way to keep time. Cornwall is both quaint and charming and modern and dynamic. We have tremendous opportunities as we work together to put the pandemic behind us, and my experience and skills can help.

On March 16th, I am asking you to show your commitment to your community and get out and vote for COH Strong.  Mayor Coyne, Bill Braine, and I are committed to this community and to working together for its betterment.

Thank you,
Sarita

THE ISSUES
 

Support and Enhance Economic Vitality:

COVID-19 has brought unforeseen challenges to our local businesses.  It has been heartening to see how our community has responded, making efforts to frequent our beloved restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques.  It is important not only to sustain our existing village economy but to find ways to enhance and strengthen it, to encourage residents to shop local, to increase access to outdoor venues and seasonal events which will bring new visitors to the area.

Encouraging Local Tourism and Environmental Protections:

We live in a uniquely beautiful part of Orange County.  Our access to the Hudson River and our preserved spaces, such as Storm King State Park, the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Black Rock Forest, and Storm King Art Center, are assets to our community and our a draw for local tourism.  Protecting and preserving our local environment is not only good environmental practice but also good business practice.  A healthy riverfront and preserved open spaces encourage tourism.  Those dollars are important to our local economy.

Support for Seniors:

As an elder law attorney, I see the challenges that our seniors face when they need additional supports to age in place.  For seniors who need additional care and can no longer remain in their own homes, there are no housing alternatives in Cornwall on Hudson.  People who have lived here for forty or fifty years find it necessary to move away from friends, communities, and churches in order to receive the care they need.  This creates additional isolation and psychological stress just when individuals are at their most vulnerable.  This is not acceptable.  It is important to consider ways we can encourage various housing options for seniors to age in place, including not only nursing homes but independent living and assisted living facilities.

Fiscal Management:

As a small business owner, efficiency and good fiscal management are very important to me.  I will bring a private sector eye to analyzing how we can be prudent with our budget and how we can coordinate where possible with the town and county in the interests of economy and our local taxpayers.  I will oppose any budget that exceeds the tax cap while at the same time making sure we do not sacrifice our quality of life or the safety or our residents.

SARITA BHANDARKAR FOR TRUSTEE

WILLIAM

BRAINE FOR TRUSTEE

BRENDAN COYNE

FOR MAYOR