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These are the qualities that I value in a town Board member:
- A solution oriented problem solver
- Someone who conducts themselves with civility and civic mindedness
- Someone who listens respectfully to all sides of an issue and makes independent decisions based on what is best for Bedford
MaryEllen McLaughlin embodies these qualities. I witnessed them first-hand while we served together on the Board of the Community Center of Northern Westchester for over five years.
As Board President, I appreciated that MaryEllen was always willing to roll up her sleeves and get involved. Whether doing research and providing technical advice on the design and implementation of the Center’s first web site and online donation capabilities, or initiating food drives at her Church to fill the food pantry or launching an annual radio broadcast around the holidays, MaryEllen provided a can-do attitude and spirit of team work that reflected her ability to make a difference. She was an invaluable, generous Board member; we could always turn to for sage advice and thoughtful action.
MaryEllen’s love of the Bedford community runs deep. She comes from a family of civic minded folks involved in our community: her Dad was a founder of the Blue Mountain Development Corp. for affordable housing in Bedford and both parents - like MaryEllen, long time volunteers and supporters of the CCNW and many local organizations.
Most importantly, blessed with an engineer’s mind, and a passion for being fair and open minded, MaryEllen is an independent thinker. I am confident she will represent the entire community of Bedford based on the needs of all our citizens regardless of “party.”
She is B-partisan - Bedford partisan
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