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I attended the League of Women Voters’ mayoral primary candidate forum. The most salient question asked of the candidates deserves our thoughtful consideration: What qualifies you to be the mayor of Mount Kisco?
Both candidates, each a lawyer, felt they were undeniably qualified.
Lisa Abzun traced her involvement in our town from her childhood, her family’s political roots, her school years, raising her own children here and decades of serving as a parent and community volunteer. More recently, she created our town’s popular 5K Run and co-chaired and chaired the Mount Kisco Arts Council. Most noteworthy, Lisa has and continues to serve as Mount Kisco’s deputy mayor.
Tom Luzio moved to Mount Kisco eight years ago. He claimed to begin his active interest in our town’s government when, only months ago, he signed a circulating local petition. Tom referenced his 30-plus years working in “government service” as fully preparing him for this small-town mayoral responsibility.
While admirable, I don’t believe his career as a prosecutor prepares him for the responsibility he is seeking. Our government employs engineers, technicians, financial planners, human resource professionals, accountants, security experts, etc., all specifically trained in their fields of expertise. Likely, none of these capable leaders could comfortably step into each other’s jobs without ample training and experience.
As residents, our job is to select a mayor with sufficient knowledge of and participation in town government, ideally OUR town’s government, one who understands our history, our immediate and long-term needs, our budget, our employees, our boards and large numbers of our residents.
Lisa Abzun is undeniably my choice!
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