WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. After 28 years in White Plains and a handful of seasons assisting with the citys Democratic Party, Dennis Krolian seized on the seat to be vacated by Council member Dennis Power, began campaigning by Memorial Day, and has celebrated what unofficial board of elections results declare a victory.
Im 60 years old now and a lot of people when they retire say, Well when I finish working, where do I have to go to retire? Do I have to go to South Carolina? said Krolian, a trial lawyer who formerly worked as the assistant district attorney in the Bronx. I dont want that. I want to stay here forever. So I thought this would be a perfect time to try to make sure that I had my hand in government and I could keep an effort on the tax situation and participate.
Krolian said he will be asked to sign the book that all other past and present elected officials have signed and then be sworn in on Jan. 1. He then hopes to promote plans for a Veterans Park near the entrance to White Plains on Tarrytown Road and strengthen the code of ethics.
If you get hired and your supervisor is your relative, thats got to be disclosed. Certainly if theres pending business with an entity, for example, if theres a contractor that may be proposing business with the city and theres another contractual relationship out there, that should be disclosed so that the entire relationship is disclosed, said Krolian.
Exploring more shared services with neighboring communities or the county appeals to Krolian, who said he intends to keep property taxes down.
Krolian said hes already begun receiving requests and concerns from residents and he wants White Plains to know he takes the obligation of public office seriously.
Ill put this common council position ahead of my job, and Im sure ahead of many family sacrifices. Ill put it ahead of many other obligations that come up in life because its more important, he said. Nobody will be shortchanged by my effort.
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