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Meet the 2019 Slate of Candidates
The Pound Ridge Democratic Committee has nominated a full slate of candidates for the November 2019 local election: Kevin Hansan for Town Supervisor, Alison Boak and Carla Brand for Town Board, Erin Trostle for Town Clerk, and Matthew Brotmann for Town Justice. This slate of seasoned and first-time candidates is exceptionally qualified and dedicated to increasing the vitality of the Town, improving and modernizing resident services, and maintaining fiscal prudence.
Kevin Hansan is running to serve his second term as Town Supervisor. Kevin has made tremendous progress during his first year in office. Highlights include securing county, state, and private funding to develop an engineering report detailing water/wastewater options for Scotts Corners; the formation of the Economic Development Committee to promote our businesses and the need to shop local; working with the Pound Ridge Partnership to create more community events including Food Truck Fridays; working with local realtors to attract more homebuyers to Pound Ridge; redesign and expansion of the Town website; and bringing both less expensive and sustainable energy options to the Town through the Community Choice Aggregation program. Kevin has also become one of the leading elected officials within Westchester County demanding NYSEG be more prepared, responsive, and communicative about the reliability of the electrical grid that powers our community. A resident of Pound Ridge since 1995, Kevin Hansan is also the founder and CEO of ImageWork Technologies Corporation, an information technology consulting firm.
Alison Boak currently serves as the Deputy Town Supervisor and previously served one four-year term on the Town Board. She has demonstrated strong leadership for Pound Ridge. Most notably, she has led the charge for the revitalization in Scotts Corners including founding of the Pound Ridge Partnership, spearheading and serving as Project Manager for the TEP grant to address traffic and beautification issues in town, and actively seeking solutions to Scotts Corners long-time water issue. Ali is an international expert on the exploitation of children and adolescents, and her work to build strategic collaborations to address human trafficking in Westchester has been recognized by County Executive Astorino, Westchester County Board of Legislators, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, and My Sisters’ Place. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright Scholar and holds a Masters of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
Carla Brand, an active member of the Town’s Conservation Board, is making her first run for public office. During her tenure on the Conservation Board she has led several key initiatives including designing and recommending a Community Compost program, creating a Facebook page to educate our community on important environmental issues, and submitting a proposal on a hybrid plastic bag ban to the Town Board at the urging of local citizens and with the support of local businesses. Carla will bring to the board experience gained through a successful advertising and marketing career. She has honed strategic leadership skills and business acumen, leading large accounts and multi-disciplinary teams for clients including Kraft, Nestlé, Verizon Business, Jaguar Cars, and American Express. She holds a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.
Erin Trostle, owner and community manager of Martin House, a shared workspace in Scotts Corners, and Hornrim Studio, a web design business, is seeking to fill the Town Clerk position. Joanne Pace, Pound Ridge’s longtime Town Clerk is set to retire and is not seeking reelection. In addition to her experience as a local business owner, Erin would bring to this position strong organizational, communications, and technical skills and familiarity with civil service rules and regulations. She has a long track record of volunteerism in Pound Ridge. She currently serves on the board of the Pound Ridge Business Association, the Pound Ridge Economic Development Committee, and Pound Ridge Library Foundation. Previously she was on the Board of Trustees of the Pound Ridge Library. Erin graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in English.
Matthew Brotmann is a first-time candidate seeking to serve as Town Justice in a seat that will be vacant due to the impending retirement of Judge Regina Kelly, who has served as Town Justice for more than two decades. Matt has had a distinguished legal career and will bring to the bench a strong understanding of the inner workings of local town and village justice systems. He served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, where he worked in the local courts and investigations divisions. He was appointed Special Advisor on Policy and Public Information to the New York State Attorney General’s Office under now Governor Cuomo. He has tackled complex legal projects as the Assistant General Counsel to the MTA Bridge and Tunnels and as Principal Attorney to the New York Power Authority. Matt has served as an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater Pace University School of Law. Matt also has an extensive record of community service in Town including volunteering as coach for Pound Ridge flag football, basketball, and baseball; volunteering annually for Pound Ridge Harvest Fest; and serving for the past 5 years on the Town’s Board of Ethics and Chairman of the Board of Ethics for the past 2 years.
Roslyn Stone-Pollock, chair of the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee commented, “The PRDC prides itself on running a transparent, rigorous candidate selection process. We were fortunate to be able to choose from an excellent pool of candidates. We carefully evaluated each potential candidate’s track record, expertise and overall strengths, and I believe we have selected an excellent slate of highly qualified candidates who will serve the Town and its residents well.”