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Dennis Krolian Runs for Common Council Seat

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Daily White Plains has put together a guide for voters interested in learning more about the Common Council and county legislator candidates before the Nov. 8 elections. Each candidate was asked the same questions.

Dennis Krolian , 59, who has worked as a trial lawyer, will run a common council seat. He's endorsed by the White Plains' Democratic Party, which he has worked in for the past four years. In his own words, here's how the former Bronx Assistant District Attorney, describes his campaign:

Why did you decide to move to White Plains?

My wife Ellie and I moved to White Plains in 1983 because we wanted to leave New York City and start our family. White Plains offered good real estate values, a great school system and a short commute to the Bronx, where I was an assistant district attorney at that time. We felt that White Plains offered all the benefits of a city and none of the problems of congestion, as well as had all of the benefits of suburban living without being too remote. We could have lived anywhere in the tri-state region. We chose White Plains after a year of research and house hunting. Eventually our three children attended public schools here.

Why would you be a good representative in the coming term?

I have been an advocate representing clients since 1980. During law school, I clerked with the U.S. Department of Justice and represented the federal government.  As an attorney with the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, I represented the interests of New York and New Jersey fighting organized crime in the ports. As an assistant district attorney, I represented the people of the State of New York as a prosecuting attorney. My current legal practice involves the representation of people and organizations throughout the metropolitan area in tort and insurance matters. I served as a volunteer commissioner on the White Plains Commission on Human Rights for 10 years defending the rights of victims of discrimination based upon race, sex, age, religion, national origin and disability. I can represent the interests of the people of the City of White Plains effectively because my entire career has prepared me to advocate for the interests of others.

If elected, what are the three biggest goals you'd work to accomplish?

The three most significant initiatives or goals are: controlling taxes while preserving services and infrastructure, maintaining the character and quality of all neighborhoods, and advocating for open and transparent government for all. These are important goals because they effectively allow our residents to enjoy living here and contribute to the private and civic life of our community. I will work to provide downward pressure on taxes, maintain neighborhood integrity and open access to public information.

Has the local government made any mistakes or had any oversights that you'd try to avoid?

We now have an administration that is equipped to take us forward. Whatever mistakes were made, would be avoided by promoting further revision of the code of ethics and the adoption of public policy provisions regarding conflicts of interests. While our downtown has been dramatically and positively transformed, we could obtain further benefit from more planning for smart and sustainable growth.

What's the best part of White Plains?

White Plains is a great place to live, work and enjoy. We have superior schools, excellent municipal services, and a diverse and energetic citizenry, all of which point to a more promising future for all of us.

Other related experience:

- Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College- Treasurer of the Soundview Civic Association- Member of Concerned Citizens for Open Space- Member of Westchester County Bar Association- Former Delegate to the Council of Neighborhood Associations- Steward for St. Gregory Church

The Daily White Plains will be publishing Q-and-As with the Common Council and county legislator candidates this week. Going forward we will to features on each candidates' stance on issues important to residents. What would you like us to ask candidates?

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