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Five Questions for North Salem Board Candidate Monti

William Monti has a degree in Marine Engineering from the SUNY Maritime College and graduated from Columbia University’s EPBA program.

He is currently vice chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, an alternate member of the Board of Assessment Review and a member of the Housing Board.

He has served as co-chairman of the Westchester Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Monti’s older son, William, suffered from ALS.

Since 2001, he has been a member of the Columbia University Medical Advisory Council.

Before retirement, he managed the Waterside Steam-Electric Generating Stations and the Indian Point Electric Stations. He is also retired from the United States Naval Reserve.

Monti and his family have lived in North Salem for 21 years and attend St. Joseph’s Church in Croton Falls.

1. Why are you running for Town Board?

I have been asked to serve on the Council because of my engineering, management and civic experience as well as my ideas on how to protect the future of North Salem, specifically regarding the County Housing Settlement and some proposed new taxes.  Each has unique challenges that can alter the North Salem we know, admire and love.

2. Why should Republicans vote for you in the primary and how are you different from your competition?

Because of my unique engineering, management and civic experiences.  Having the opportunity to be responsible for complete management of a three unit commercial operating nuclear power plant, having the responsibility to manage the nation's largest co-generation power station and to keep it operating serving New York City's steam-electric needs while it was modernized.

3. What is the biggest issue or problem in North Salem right now and what would you do about it?

There is no one single problem facing North Salem, there are a number of issues that will test the Town's ability to function as we the citizens expect - the so called New York mandated two percent property tax cap, the County Housing Settlement, commercial contracts for waste disposal and some conceptual new taxes.  Each has unique challenges that can alter the North Salem we know, admire and love.

4. If you have previously served in political office, what was your greatest accomplishment?

I have had the honor and privilege of serving on the Putnam County Republican Committee when we lived in Mahopac and of course the Westchester County Republican Committee.  While these are minor elected offices they did afford me the opportunity to meet fellow citizens while carrying petitions for my election to the Committees.  The accomplishment was that I was able to hear first-hand the needs and wants of constituents so that I could more fully vet potential candidates who came before the committee seeking endorsement to run for office.

5. What would you like to see in North Salem that is not currently part of the community?

What I would like to see happen here in North Salem is for the next generation to become active, participate in government functions by seeking to serve on vital Boards such as the Planning, Zoning, Housing, Assessment Review, and Political Committees.  While it takes time to do this it is vital if the Town is to remain vibrant and not fall in a situation where only a few have their voices heard and acted upon.  Fresh ideas and views always stimulate ways to solve problems and open up ways to make good situations even better. When only a handful participate the outcome is always certain to serve a small segment of the community.

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