Since taking office, Victoria has transformed the way Village government communicates with residents. Earlier this year she completed her series of Weekly Walks where residents joined her on a journey to cover all 44 miles of village roadways. Initiatives like Open Office Hours have dramatically increased accessibility, allowing her to connect with residents in less formal settings. The Monday Mayor’s Message she sends each week helps residents understand the context of agenda items and key initiatives being considered by the Village Board. As mayor of a village with a large Latino community, she has improved her Spanish language skills to better connect with Ossining residents.
Beyond her work for the Village, Victoria is mother to two sons in the Ossining Schools, and wife to a union laborer and local business owner. Her early professional career focused on social work—serving adolescents and families facing challenges with the court and foster care system. A desire to serve something greater than herself led her to this work. She shifted her focus to the for-profit world for a number of years in New York City. She’s grateful to have spent those years exploring her independence in a fast-paced profit-driven environment. Her career motivations came full circle when she began substitute teaching where she ultimately was hired to teach middle school math.
Victoria and her husband moved to Ossining to start a family, and she spent a few years focusing on being a new mother. She grew up nearby, and is fortunate that her parents continue to live in Sleepy Hollow. Victoria entered politics through a pathway of environmentalism. As a homeowner, she is aware of the direct impact that the tax rate has on her household. Her dedication to both progressive environmental policies, and preserving affordability for Ossining residents, drives her to create savings through programs like installing LED streetlights, which saved enough money to help maintain a 0% tax rate increase two years in a row. Her service as mayor is an extension of all of her career experience, the inspiring dedication to community service that her parents continue to model for her, and the values she hope to instill in her sons.
Mayor Gearity is endorsed by the Town Of Ossining Democratic Committee.
Rika Levin’s family immigrated to the USA when she was seven years old and was raised mostly in New York State. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned her MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. She spent more than 25 years in management, new product development, diversity management, and eventually Chief Marketing Officer in Fortune 100 companies in New York. She is currently in management at a large Westchester not for profit organization.
Rika and her husband Mark moved to Ossining 25 years ago where they got married and have raised their two daughters. Rika’s public service in Ossining began in 2015, when she was appointed Village Trustee. She is currently happily serving her second full term in that position.
Trustee Levin is the liaison to a number of Village committees which have her laser focused on improving technology and communications for the public at large, fair and safe housing for all in the community, environmental improvements, ethics policies, parks and recreation, and the redevelopment of the downtown. She is focusing even more energy, going forward, on keeping a balanced fiscal policy, code enforcement, business improvements for Upper Croton Ave. and greening/solarizing Ossining.
Village Trustee Levin is endorsed by the Town Of Ossining Democratic Committee
Manuel R Quezada moved to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1993, in 2004 he became a citizen. After graduating from Ossining High school he attended Westchester Community College majoring in Civil Technology. He then furthered his education and graduated from New York Institute of Technology in 2003 with his Bachelor in Architecture . He has worked in the Architectural field since.
Manuel married in 2011, he and his wife and 3 children and live on the same street he did as a teen. He and his wife are actively involved in many aspects of the community as are their children.
Manuel served as Village of Ossining Trustee from 2012-2017 and is eager to re enter the board and help bring the voice back to the people once again.
Village Trustee Candidate Quezada is endorsed by the Town Of Ossining Democratic Committee.