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Janis Castaldi
 
As Your Village Trustee     Served as Liaison with the Ossining business community and Chamber of  Commerce Have taken an active interest in supporting Downtown development and revitalizing local businesses Coordinated the Village’s efforts to become a “greener” community Helped implement the Village’s Comprehensive Plan Driving efforts for consolidation and coordination of shared services to reduce our tax burden   My Professional Background and Accomplishments   Local business owner, LizzFitness Corporate trainer and motivational speaker for thirteen years Teach presentation skills to corporate executives and other professionals Certified Paralegal Member of the Board of The Ossining Children’s Center Contributor and supporter of Ossining Matters     On a personal note   I became employed early in life in order to finance my education and I hold a degree in Paralegal Studies. I was honored to be asked to apprentice in the newly created District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit after my studies and remain dedicated to children’s issues across Westchester County.   I became Vice President of a physician recruitment company by working my way up the ladder, and learned a valuable lesson when I was struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian and I was told I would never walk again. I know what it is like to live a good life and have your health and career taken away in a blink of an eye. I know what it is like to reinvent yourself and fight for every penny to survive. I also know what it feels like to be handicapped and discriminated against. Therefore I am committed to finding ways to curb spending so that our taxpayers do not have any additional burden; while making sure we continue to keep the quality of village services at a level our residents deserve. I champion and embrace the differences in people and look to praise our students, foster a meaningful and complete quality of life for our seniors, and make life easier for those that have been injured or disabled. I am happy to say by sheer determination I am walking once again, and am a proud member of the Achilles Track Club where I finished my first New York City Marathon.   My Commitments and Beliefs   I have been a resident of Ossining for six years now, and decided when I made Ossining my home, I wanted to dedicate myself to a diverse and challenging community and be part of its growth and change. I have dedicated myself to many charities, organizations, and committees. I completed the Civilian Police course in Ossining, I am responsible for the annual Christmas Drive for long term care residents for the Dominican Sisters, I am a contributor and volunteer for Ossining Matters programs, I am a Board Member of Ossining Children’s Center and am working closely with various members or Communities that Care. I am an Ossining Rotarian and am most proud of being accepted this year as an associate member of The Senate Hook and Ladder 41.   Last term I campaigned as a free and independent thinker and a fresh positive face in our community, and after a year and a half, that has not changed. I still consider myself to be a free and independent thinker and a positive consensus building member of our board. I complete my due diligence with every issue presented and make determinations based on facts. I have raised some unpopular issues and have not won every battle but continue to voice your views and opinions. I believe we need to support development and must have a “can do” attitude when developers visit and express interest in our community. I believe we must resurrect our downtown area and make it a destination for visitors from neighboring communities. I believe in consolidation of government in order to trim costs and save taxpayers money. I believe Ossining deserves the best and that we as a village should never settle for less.    
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