On Monday, March 29, the Lewisboro Democratic Committee announced its slate of candidates for Lewisboro Town Supervisor and Lewisboro Town Board. In light of Town Supervisor Peter Parsons decision to retire from the position at the end of 2021 after serving for 10 years, the LDC said that current town board member Tony Goncalves will run to succeed him.
It was also announced that town board member Jane Crimmins, who joined the board in 2018, will seek reelection and that newcomer Mary Shah will seek a board seat. Ms. Shah is a longtime Vista resident and former Lewisboro Library trustee.
The Lewisboro Democratic Committee also announced its endorsement of Republican candidate, Deirdre Casper, for reelection as receiver of taxes, a position she has held since 2013.
Mr. Goncalves also joined the town board in 2018. The campaign announcement highlighted several of his contributions in office, such as working with local utility companies to reduce the frequency of power outages and playing a major role in expanding cell service in town. He also helped create the Veteran’s Advisory Committee and serves as its town board liaison.
According to the LDC announcement, the endorsed candidates for town board share a commitment to improving the town’s infrastructure, including establishing reliable and modern utilities, broadband access and communications.
Mr. Goncalves said in the release that his priorities are to expand cellular coverage for both data and voice, work with Altice on the townwide rollout of fiber gigabit service, bring in an alternative broadband provider and improve communication between the town and all residents. As a Goldens Bridge resident for 29 years, Mr. Goncalves also noted that he has advocated for the hamlet’s residents, who are often under-represented on the board.
During her three years on the town board, the LDC said Ms. Crimmins, who is a South Salem resident, has strongly advocated for all Lewisboro voices to be part of the town’s decision-making and worked to increase community engagement in local government.
A major priority for Ms. Crimmins, according to the release, has been to work within the town’s budget constraints, including looking for opportunities to fund priority projects without raising taxes. Along those lines, Ms. Crimmins has helped the town secure grants for a new police vehicle, water quality improvement projects, and an update to an existing Town Park trail to make it accessible as per the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She recently helped secure $1,000 in town funding for Lewisboro to celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in June.
Another shared priority for the town board candidates, the LDC is to move forward with the town’s Comprehensive Plan. Ms. Crimmins is the town board liaison on the project, and “looks forward to listening and communicating with residents to meet the needs of the town’s future,” the committee stated, adding, “The plan should preserve all that is best in our town, conserve all that we value, encourage small businesses and expansion of our tax base and make the town welcoming to all.”
Ms. Shah’s experience in community affairs includes serving on the Lewisboro Library Board of Trustees, with positions on the library board’s executive committee, from 2011 to 2018. In that capacity, Ms. Shah founded and chaired “Nightclub at the Library Concert Series,” which raised about $3,000 for the library at each of the four concerts. She also served as coordinator of the annual Lewisboro Library Fair from 2016 to 2018.
Ms. Shah also worked as a medical librarian and archivist at Norwalk Hospital, where she continues to teaches classes and serves on the hospital’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
Ms. Shah joined the Lewisboro Conservation Advisory Council in 2020. The council aims to ensure the town meets its environmental responsibilities, a position held by the endorsed town board candidates, the LDC said. The candidates also are committed to taking local actions to address the climate crisis, the committee noted.
Mr. Goncalves and Ms. Crimmins have supported environmental conversation efforts during their time on the board, including putting LED lights into the town’s street lamps, installing electric vehicle chargers at locations in town and participating in the Green Energy program.
If elected to the board, Ms. Shah said she wants to aid the town during the COVID-19 recovery by providing educational workshops for budding entrepreneurs, reinvigorating the Chamber of Commerce and seeking additional government grant funding. Along with the other candidates, Ms. Shah wants to find ways to make Lewisboro a more welcoming place for all residents, said the LDC.
“We stand for responsive government, identifying and finding effective solutions for issues important to the community and uniting the community by giving all people a voice,” the committee stated.