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Democrats Markowitz-Moses, McFadden and Da Silva clear choices in Ossining


Ossining mayoral hopefuls Penny Markowitz-Moses and John Perillo are no strangers to each other.


More than 30 years ago, they were classmates at Ossining High School.


Other than their shared aspirations to succeed longtime Mayor Thomas Cambariere, that’s about all the two have in common.


As a result, it shouldn’t be a difficult choice for voters to decide who is best suited to be the village’s new leader.


Markowitz-Moses and Democratic running mates Ernest McFadden and Cristina Da Silva are clearly the more knowledgeable and more qualified team.


Perillo, who virtually appeared out of nowhere following Cambariere’s retirement announcement after many years of public service, sounds like a used car salesman when he delivers his messages and is sometimes less believable.


His running mates, Tony Parise and Marcia MacNeill, also have not been active in village affairs and have offered no proposals of their own. Their lack of understanding on many issues is glaring.


Perillo and his team are counting on heavy support from village residents who have lambasted the Village Board the last few years over the controversial mixed-use waterfront project.


While that plan from Cappelli Enterprises has taken on a life of its own, it shouldn’t be the determining factor in which three candidates prevail November 5.


What Perillo, Parise, MacNeill and many of the project’s detractors fail to grasp is, barring an unforeseen setback, the development is going to be built.


All energies should now be directed to the planning process in an attempt to reshape the project, like reducing the number of stories on the apartment building, so all sides can somewhat be satisfied.


As Markowitz-Moses continually tries to point out, the Village Board absorbed the concerns of residents and made changes along the way. Of course, the strictly parkland faction didn’t get their way but there is a good amount of open space remaining and the recreational offerings hold much promise.


The Village Board has also been criticized for conducting circus-like meetings and some of that blame has to be levied at Cambariere, who is a bit too laid back.


But most of the blame belongs to the regular audience critics who often push the envelope too far and create an uneasy atmosphere.


As Deputy Mayor for the last two years, Markowitz-Moses has already demonstrated on several occasions that she will have a much tighter leash and will run the meetings in a more professional manner.


Markowitz-Moses has also proven she is a straight shooter and is committed to making the village the best it can be. She has all the qualities to make a smooth transition into the mayor’s seat.


Perillo’s motives for returning to government remain a mystery.


His most thought-out proposal about directing village police to crack down on drug use downtown undoubtedly will ruffle some feathers but is sorely needed if the village is serious about sprucing up the area and attracting more businesses and pedestrians.


McFadden has served on the Village Board since 1997 and often avoids engaging in dialogues with speakers at meetings. His approach has been to be business-like, which might be mistaken for being standoffish or disinterested.


As the only African-American on the board, McFadden has taken some hits for not better representing that segment of Ossining, and there’s some validity to those claims. He may want to consider taking that step if reelected.


Overshadowed by the two incumbents on the Democratic team is newcomer Da Silva, 27, whose exuberance and youthful maturity would be a terrific addition to the Village Board.


Da Silva, a graduate of St. Ann’s and Ossining High School, not only is looking to get young people more involved in government but as a Portugese-American would be able to work with the many ethnic groups in Ossining that have not been represented.

Having come up short four years ago, Ossining voters should not make that same mistake again with Da Silva.


The biggest mistake voters can make is choosing the Republican trio over Markowitz-Moses, McFadden and Da Silva.


The purpose of an election is to select candidates who can best plan and govern for the future. In Ossining this year, the Democrats have those candidates.


Reprinted with permission of the North County News

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