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VILLAGE OF LANSING, NY ––– For the first time in 24 years, the Village of Lansing Community Party has endorsed a new mayoral candidate, Trustee Ronny Hardaway, at their February nominating caucus. The party also endorsed two candidates for Village Trustee positions – Patricia (Pat) O’Rourke (incumbent) and Carolyn Greenwald (new candidate to fill Trustee Hardaway’s seat.) All three offices have two-year terms and will be filled in the Village election, which takes place April 27, 2021, from noon to 9 PM.
The Village candidates plan to hold several remote question-and-answer sessions for Village voters. Dates and Zoom login link to be announced.
After serving six years as a Village Trustee and three years as the Village Deputy Mayor, Hardaway challenged the current mayor, Don Hartill, at the nominating caucus and received a strong majority of the caucus votes. While serving as a Trustee, Hardaway represented the Village on diverse committees supporting youth training and services, watershed issues, climate and clean energy actions, shared government services, healthcare, and the regional airport.
Hardaway’s campaign platform includes continuing the successful course of the Village’s budget, planning, and infrastructure actions, improving governmental transparency, attracting new businesses, increasing walkability and green space, and preparing for resiliency in the face of climate-change-related severe weather events. Hardaway and his wife, Deborah Dawson (Tompkins County Legislator for District 10), have lived in the Village since 2009.
Incumbent candidate, O’Rourke, has been a Village Trustee since 2010. She served many years on the Tompkins County Youth Services Board and Tompkins County Council of Governments (TCCOG), and as the alternate TCCOG representative for the Tompkins County Emergency Response Oversight Committee. She serves on the Village Deer Management Committee and is responsible for checking and balancing the financial records of the Village.
O’Rourke supports a balanced use of Village land, including natural areas, housing, and business and technology parks, and she is committed to the Village infrastructure, including high quality roads, reliable water system, parks, and playgrounds. She has lived 35 years in the Village and ran a business there for 22 years. She also works for the Ithaca City School District as a substitute teacher.
Trustee candidate, Greenwald, served on the Village’s Planning Board for the past six years. She is active in a variety of local non-profit organizations including the Ithaca Children’s Garden and Syracuse Speed Skating Club, and formerly in the Family Reading Partnership, Franziska Racker Centers, and the Cayuga Heights Elementary School PTA.
As a Trustee, Greenwald plans to invite and consider input from residents on Village governance, work to sustain infrastructure and services in a fiscally responsible manner, expand and support business development, consider alternative energy solutions for the Village and its residents, address the NYSEG gas moratorium, expand the walkability of our Village, and increase and improve public park spaces and Village trails. She has lived in the Ithaca area since arriving as a Cornell student in 1990 and moved to the Village in 2007 with her husband and three sons. She is an attorney and the author of four books.