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JUNE 17, 2011

Pound Ridge

Boak runs for board unchallenged

Back row: district leaders Mark Slivka, Ira Clair, Elyse Arnow and Rob Ades; front row, district leader and town board candidate Alison Boak, Pound Ridge Town Justice Regina Kelly, committee chairwoman Roslyn Stone-Pollock and County Legislator Peter Harckham.

Ali Boak will run for one of two seats on the Pound Ridge Town Board, according to a June 15 statement by Pound Ridge Democratic Committee chairwoman, Roslyn Stone-Pollock, and sitting Judge Regina Kelly will run for her sixth term.

There will not be a loser in the race for the two seats, since, according to Pound Ridge Republican Committee chairman Joe Zaino, the Republicans do not intend to offer a candidate to oppose Ms. Boak in the election and do not intend to oppose incumbent Judge Kelly for her bid for town justice. Councilman Dick Lyman will run for his third term.

He and Ms. Boak have worked together on several projects in the business district that have enhanced the area.

The Democrats will run a campaign as if the seats for town council were contested. “We are going to run a campaign to let the voters meet the candidates,” Ms. Stone-Pollock said. “That is what we think the voters deserve, if we expect them to vote for our candidates.”

On June 8, the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee unanimously voted to support the candidacy of Judge Kelly for town justice and resident and community leader Ms. Boak for an open town board seat.

The town board position became an open seat when current town board member Paul McConville announced in May that he will not be seeking re-election due to upcoming plans to move from his current house that could take him out of Pound Ridge.

“The Pound Ridge Democratic Committee is very energized,” Ms. Stone-Pollock said. “This past November our get-out-the-vote efforts produced a win in Pound Ridge for former Congressman John Hall, who ultimately lost his seat in 2010. We ran a great local campaign in 2009 and are positioned to run an even better one this year.”

“I am honored to have been selected by the Pound Ridge Democratic Committee to run for this seat,” Ms. Boak said in the statement. “I have a lot of ideas on how we can make Pound Ridge the best that it can be through leadership, hard work, and collaboration.”

Ms. Boak has a record of volunteer service and community activism. She served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer and a Fulbright Scholar in Latvia from 1994 to 1997.

In 1999, upon graduating from the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, Ms. Boak co-founded the International Organization for Adolescents, an independent, nonprofit organization working globally to address emerging problems facing vulnerable youth. She is a co-founder of the Westchester Anti-Trafficking Task Force and has been active locally, serving on the Bedford Central School District’s Budget Advisory Committee. She chaired the School Board Liaison Committee for Pound Ridge Elementary School and has served as a Brownie leader for a third-grade troop in Pound Ridge and is a member of the Town of Pound Ridge Ad-Hoc Committee on Sensible Airspace.

Ms. Boak is a co-founder and board member of the Pound Ridge Partnership, where she has worked with Mr. Lyman. She lives in Pound Ridge with her husband and their four daughters.

Judge Kelly has served as one of two town justices since 1992, 10 years after receiving her law degree from Fordham University School of Law. She served as a village prosecutor, and practices law in White Plains. Judge Kelly is admitted to practice in the courts of New York, Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern Federal Districts of New York, the Federal District of Connecticut and the Supreme Court of the United States. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, the Westchester County Magistrates Association, New York State Magistrates Association and the New York Collaborative Law Group, and has served as a trustee of the Westchester County Magistrates Association and the Pound Ridge Historical Society.

Her decisions as Pound Ridge Town Justice have been published in the New York Law Journal, according to Ms. Stone-Pollock.

Judge Kelly and her husband, John, have lived in Pound Ridge for 30 years, where they raised their two sons.

“I am proud and humbled to be running for my sixth term as town justice of Pound Ridge,” Judge Kelly said. “I will continue to serve the town, New York’s judicial system, and uphold the law.”

“We are not going to challenge for the town board seat at this point,” Mr. Zaino said. “Ali is very engaged in the town, and we are hoping she will do a good job. She gets along well with Dick Lyman. They have worked together on a lot of projects in the town.”

Mr. Zaino said that he has heard that they are looking forward to working together.

The Democrats will not put up a candidate to oppose current Town Supervisor Gary Warshauer or the current town clerk, Joanne Pace. “We are happy that Gary and Joanne are running unopposed,” Mr. Zaino said. “It looks like we are going to have a very uneventful town election this year.”

He said that both the Democrats and the Republicans plan to focus on the Westchester County legislative seat currently held by Democrat Pete Harckham.

“We have endorsed Peter Michaelis, who won the endorsement,” Mr. Zaino said. “It looks like there will be a primary between Peter and Lisa Douglas.”

He said that the county legislative race will “heat up” and be “hotly contested.”

Mr. Zaino said that the race was close in 2007. “I hope the momentum has swung in the other direction now,” Mr. Zaino said.

Ms. Stone-Pollock said that Mr. Harckham has represented the towns in the second district very well and “I think the voters realize that.

“His involvement in our communities is amazing,” she said. “I am truly amazed at his commitment and his knowledge. I can call him on any issue about our towns and get the answer to any question, and I know that other chairs in other towns have expressed the same level of amazement at Pete’s energy and knowledge.” .

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