While the 2020 national elections understandably will animate many Americans for the next several months, our local elections deserve just as much if not more attention. The people we elect to fill local office impact so much of our daily lives. This includes the education our children receive, the character and dimensions of the village’s housing stock, the readiness of police and fire to react to emergencies, when and how trash and recycling are removed and processed, and so much more. 

With this in mind, I urge my fellow residents of Hastings-on-Hudson to get animated about the Sept. 15 village election. Please vote. Involve your children so that they understand just how important voter participation is to a healthy local democracy.

When I do vote, I am going to give the nod to Judge Joe DiSalvo and Trustees Morgen Fleisig and Georgia Lopez. Trustees Fleisig and Lopez have my support because of their work on some of the village’s hardest problems, including reducing traffic volume and addressing vulnerabilities in our zoning code. These issues defy simple solutions, or they would have been solved years ago. Fleisig and Lopez have worked tirelessly to gather data, seek out the recommendations of experts, and explain options to concerned citizenry. They are committed to improving the status quo despite significant headwinds, and for that they have my support. 

Judge DiSalvo reminds us of the virtues of civic engagement. Thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fair-minded, the judge has the skill and temperament the Village needs on the bench. I admire his commitment to his faith and family. You are also not likely to meet someone who is more adept not only at remembering names, but also the important things happening in other people’s lives. Hastings is so much better for having him and his service. 

These three have my vote, and I hope you will join me in supporting them in the Sept. 15 election.

Matt Collins

Chairman, Hastings Zoning Board of Appeals

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