LEWISBORO, N.Y. Rhea Mallett is a registered Democratic running for town board on the Republican ticket.
Friends who know me well have asked why, as a lifelong Democrat, why I am running on the Republican ticket? she said. The simple answer is that I don't see how party affiliations are relevant on a local level. I love living in Lewisboro and support what the current administration has been accomplishing.
Mallett is originally from Mamaroneck, but has lived in Lewisboro for the past five years along with her husband and 10-year-old twins.
She graduated from Columbia University with a law degree and has worked as a criminal defense attorney and public defender for the Legal Aid Society. She has worked for an array of non-profit organizations as well as for New York City under the Rudy Giuliani administration where she helped coordinate a citywide strategy to combat domestic violence. She believes her background building coalitions and bringing people together will be an asset as a town board member.
I have background working across party lines to get the job done, she said.
Mallett said she believes in the current administration and wants to see the work that it is doing continue.
As a first-term supervisor, Charlie Duffy has made significant strides in putting the town finances back on track after a very difficult period, she said. But staying on that course and getting our bond rating back to where it should be is not a given by any means. Everyone I interact with on a regular basis, friends and acquaintances, cherishes Lewisboro's rural charm and stunning natural environment, and they are all very committed to our schools. But none of this is sustainable unless we continue on our current path to financial recovery.
Mallett said she wants to serve on the town board because she fell in love with Lewisboro when she first arrived five years ago and said she has some ideas she thinks could help.
We need to look ahead and provide for our long-term future, she said. I have some ideas on how we can govern even better. I would like to see the town and school district working together more to reduce costs by sharing services. I also want to make sure we continue all our programs within the town that service the youth and the senior citizens.
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