Orangetown Council, Republican candidates

Councilman Denis Troy, Republican candidate (Also on Conservative and Independence lines)

BIO/RESUME

I was born and raised in the Fordham section of the Bronx and have been living in Pearl River for the past 37 years. I have been married for 46 years to Beatrice (Rogers), who I met in St. Nicholas of Tolentine H.S. We Have 4 children- 3 married that live in Orangetown with 7 grandchildren.

My educational background is : Manhattan College (BS in Mathematics), Iona College (MBA in Management Information Systems), Iona College (Post Masters Certificate in Finance) and George Washington University (Masters Certificate in Project Management).

I have been in the Information Technology field for the past 39 years, having retired from IBM and AT&T/ Lucent and presently the Asst Director MIS in Rockland County. Previously I was a High School Math teacher for 9 years. I have represented the people of Orangetown for the past 22 years – the first four as a county legislator and the recent 18 years as a councilman. I have always strived to serve the residents of Orangetown to the best of his abilities in keeping Orangetown the most desirable place to live in Rockland – control taxes, maintain excellent town services and maintain the quality of life that Orangetown residents expect.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

AOH Division 3 for 37 years, holding various offices – president, vice president, and treasurer. Involved with much fundraising for various charities and organized numerous cultural events in our community.

Pearl River Little League – 25 years in various capacities – manager, coach, umpire, and Board of Directors

IAABO Basketball referee for scholastic events in Rockland for the past 25 years.

Camp Venture Board of Directors – Finance and IT Committees and involved in fundraising for this wonderful organization.

St. Margaret’s Parish – Bingo volunteer, CYO basketball coach.

Lourdes Kids of Rockland – organizing and fundraising.

Rockland Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Blauvelt Lions Club

ENDORSEMENTS
I am endorsed by CSEA, Rockland PBA, Rockland Business and Trades Council, IBEW, and Preserve Orangetown.

PLATFORM
The biggest issues facing Orangetown are maintaining our quality of life that residents expect, controlling over-development and keeping Orangetown affordable.

LEADERSHIP
I initially ran for office 22 years ago as I was recruited due to my significant community involvement and they convinced me that if I expected Orangetown to stay a great place to live that citizens with my credentials needed to step up. I am running again as I love living in Orangetown, my family is here, I am staying here and I believe that I play an important role on the Town Board in protecting its future.

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Councilman Tom Diviny, Republican candidate (Also on Conservative and Independence lines)

BIO/RESUME

Tom is a lifelong Orangetown resident and a 1988 graduate of Pearl River High School. Tom married his wife Joy, another lifelong Orangetown resident and Pearl River High School graduate, in 2006. Tom and Joy live in Blauvelt with their two children, Addison and Finn and an overweight Puggle named Barkley. Tom’s brother Tim, sisters Ellen and Tara and mother Grace, all live in Rockland.

After graduating from Suffolk University School of Law, Tom was hired by a solo practitioner in Chestnut Ridge. Tom soon hung out a shingle of his own and runs his own family based practice in Pearl River, New York. In addition to managing the firm, Tom represents a variety of clients in all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions, including sales, acquisitions, leasing, real estate foreclosure litigation, loan workout agreements/loan modifications and extensive experience representing various Lending Institutions including Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, Mortgage Master, Inc., Residential Home Finance, Cole Taylor, Plaza Home Mortgage and Fifth Third Bank. Tom’s practice also encompasses surrogate court proceedings, wills and estates; criminal appeals; matrimonial and family law; personal injury litigation, business sales and formation and debtor/creditor litigation.

In the community, Tom is a member of the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce, AOH Division III, Pearl River Elks Club and Blauvelt Lions Club. Tom is a past Advisory Board Member of the American Red Cross in Nyack and a current Board Member of Team KJ and Petition for Paula. Tom has coordinated the Pearl River Chamber of Commerce Easter Egg for the last five years and he volunteers as a coach for South Orangetown Little League, coaching his daughter on the Dodgers.

PLATFORM/LEADERSHIP
Eight years ago it was my honor to be elected to the office of Orangetown Town Board. It is with great humility that I ask for your support in my re-election campaign.

Since being elected, I have committed myself to the betterment of the Town of Orangetown. As a member of Town Board, I have worked and succeeded with fellow Board Members to keep Orangetown under the New York State imposed 2% tax cap. In both 2012 and 2013, I played a large part in cutting the Supervisor’s proposed budget and reducing spending to help Orangetown stay under the tax cap. In fact, after budgets cuts by myself and other Board Members, the 2012 Supervisor’s proposed budget was reduced from a 7% increase to less than a 2%, the 2013 Supervisor’s proposed budget was reduced by ½ and spending was decreased by $1,000,000.00 in 2013.

I have also worked hard to make Orangetown more attractive to outside development, creating jobs in the Town and increasing Town rateables. One of the first projects that I participated in as a Board Member was the construction of the O&R H-Towers, which increased the power grid along Blaisdell Road, convinced Verizon Wireless to remain in Orangetown and encouraged a number of developers to invest in data centers in this area. To get this done, the Board and residents of Fern Oval worked through a number of proposals with O&R and the State before a compromise was reached which satisfied all parties. As a Board Member, Denis Troy and I, took leading roles in securing approval of the revised construction plans for Super Stop & Shop on Route 303, reaching out to the developers and their attorneys to insure their commitment to the project and the Town of Orangetown.

I remain committed to the development of the Rockland Psychiatric Center property in accordance with the conservative land use development practices that Orangetown is known for (low density housing, low impact on the surrounding hamlets, limited non-age restricted housing that will not impact surrounding school districts, clean commercial projects). I also remain committed to the youth of this Town, having lobbied for and secured the approval of a full time police officer with the DEA to effectively deal with the prescription drug problem in our Town. With the approval of this position, Orangetown will receive all resources necessary to combat this problem and receive drug seizure money, which my contact at the DEA projects to be approximately $750,000.00 a year for Orangetown.

With limited resources and increasing demands placed on local government, the Orangetown Town Board must include its residents in achieving our common goals, namely an efficient government with quality services that is affordable to the average resident. Accordingly, I will continue to act for the community good to insure the quality of life that the people of Orangetown expect and are entitled to.