An Interview with Conor Greene, Nominee for Mayor of Peekskill

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Conor Greene stands in front of Esther place, closed-off from traffic for pedestrians to enjoy.

By Sonia Lee Garber

Conor Greene is proud to be a resident of Peekskill for the past three years.  He and his wife discovered Peekskill and moved here from the City.  He’s hit the ground running as far as getting involved in the community.  Something he is particularly proud of is the work he’s done with the grassroots, resident-led organization, “Peekskill Walks.”  Conor Greene is the Co-Founder of Peekskill Walks.  According to Greene, another one of their co-founders, Margaret Steele says the walkability in Peekskill “is walkable by default but not pedestrian friendly.”

I met with Greene at Esther Place, which his “Peekskill Walks” group is responsible for getting closed off for pedestrians to sit outside and enjoy.

“If I am lucky enough to be elected, says Greene, then this is something I want to do more of.  How can we increase green space, access to public spaces, and how can we make the downtown a little more vibrant and pedestrian-friendly.”

Greene is putting a lot of focus on affordable housing in his campaign, along with progressive growth and open government.  

“We can add [affordable] housing in Peekskill if we do it in a smart way.  We can do it in a way that brings more people in, expands the tax base, but doesn’t have a huge impact on our infrastructure, says Greene.”

The nominees running on the slate with Greene are Vanessa Agudelo, current member of the Peekskill City Council, Amy Vele, who serves as legislative aide to Westchester County Legislator Colin Smith, and Amy Perlow, an active member of Peekskill’s NAACP branch and chair of its’ education committee.

“I’m running with an amazing slate with people that are active in the community, care about the community, and are committed to working as a team to obtain votes that will work on legislation.”, says Greene.

Greene’s background is working in community journalism, communications, and with non-profit organizations.  The non-profits he has worked for include The Doe Fund and the Citizens Committee for New York City.  He is also currently pursuing a Masters’ Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College.

The Primary election will take place on June 22nd.

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