Letter: Alex Payan: Community first

March 7, 2019 at 8:07 a.m.

My name is Alex Payan and I am running for Trustee because I love Port Chester. I am a first-generation American who came to Port Chester in the summer of ’84. I went to Edison School, Port Chester Middle School and Port Chester High School class of ‘95 and for the past two years am a proud homeowner in our Village. I am a product of Port Chester.

My work and dedication to Port Chester speak for itself. I am currently the Executive Director/Founder of Port Chester Community Gardens, co-founder of the Town of Rye’s Summer Internship Program, co-founder of the Port Chester Police Youth Leadership Forum, and for the last five years I was the Director of Port Chester Cares (a substance abuse prevention program). When I am not doing community service, I am working at Family Services of Westchester as the Director of Advancement and I am also a professor at Long Island University where I teach Marketing Management and Strategy.

So, what will I bring to the board? Fresh thinking, new ideas, innovation, hard work, and my strong passion and dedication for Port Chester is what I will bring to the Board. I am also fully bilingual where I will be able to communicate and inform our Spanish-speaking residents on important issues.

On Tuesday, Mar. 19, you will have the power to decide who will be making the decisions that will impact our community for the next 3, 5, 10, 20+ years. We need a Board of Trustees that will be diligent, well informed, know the facts, leverage data and be able to make actionable decisions. I will be an effective liaison with the youth, parents, seniors, families, local businesses, and community organizations. I will be ready to work hard for you! And I will also be ready to work with Mayor Falanka and the rest of the Board to move Port Chester in the right direction. 

My focus is:

*Optimizing Village resources to keep taxes, spending, and debt low.

*Work with the community on the benefits of Collective Impact and what can be achieved when people work together to achieve common goals.

*Support funding opportunities for Village Departments – Police Dept., Fire Dept., EMS, DPW, Recreation, and the Senior Center including our library.

*Look for creative and innovative ways for net-revenue generators for the village through smart economic development.

*Ensure Starwood Capital site sale will not adversely affect the community and infrastructure.

*Encourage greater collaboration between the Village and the school district, public and private organizations to increase support services and programs to youth and seniors in the community.

*Focus on sustainable energy and support a Port Chester Food Scrap Recycling Program – Prevent food waste and lower our carbon footprint.

I would like to conclude by asking for your vote on Tuesday, Mar. 19 (polls open 7 a.m.-9 p.m.). It would be an honor for me to be your Trustee. Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Alex Payan

477 Franklin St.

Port Chester

Alex Payan was a board member of the Waterfront Commission and chairperson of the Board of Ethics.


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