Biography of Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda D. Puglisi
Linda Puglisi has been Supervisor of the Town of Cortlandt for twenty-four years. She is the longest serving Supervisor in the Town’s history and is serving her thirteenth term. She also served for four years as a Town Council member (1988-1991). During her tenure, Supervisor Puglisi has had many accomplishments in office. One of her most important achievements has been controlling town taxes and costs. During her tenure there has been only a 1% town total tax increase over twenty-four years for town tax increases and a balanced budget with a surplus every year and never a deficit. She has been a leader in sharing services to reduce costs.
Although tax and cost controls have been at the centerpiece of her administration, Supervisor Puglisi has been able to promote and fund a variety of other projects to benefit the citizens of the Town. These include the Town Hall renovation in 1992, establishment of a new joint waterworks facility to filter our water, construction of two outdoor skating parks, expansion of the Senior Citizen/Community Center, a major town pool renovation and the opening of the new Youth Center in 2009, located next to the Cortlandt Train Station. She also has supported other infrastructure projects, such as establishment of the Steamboat River Park and the Cortlandt Waterfront Park, expansion of the Town sidewalks network, new traffic signals and road pavement projects. The Town opened a “Dog Park” at Sprout Brook Park in 2008, which is a big hit in the community and completed an important improvement at Lafayette Ave. /Rte. 202/Conklin Avenue in 2013 paid for by the State D.O.T. Also, Linda Puglisi with others lobbied the New York State DOT to make safety improvements on the Bear Mountain Parkway. They were be completed in 2014.
Supervisor Puglisi has also played a critical role in attracting large-scale projects and initiatives to the Town that have helped to improve the quality of life for residents of the Town. For example, under her leadership, Metro-North established a new train station in the Town of Cortlandt which opened in 2012. She was also supportive of the establishment of the Cortlandt Town Center and Hollowbrook Golf Course, as well as, the expansion of the Hudson Valley Hospital Center, which have brought many new jobs to the Town. Furthermore, many new playgrounds, softball fields and other recreational facilities have been built and upgraded during her administration and she continues to support beautification initiatives throughout the Town. Supervisor Puglisi was also a strong advocate and early supporter of the establishment in the Town of the Emergency 911 and Advanced Life Support (ALS) programs in the mid 1990’s and serves on the ALS executive board.
Supervisor Linda Puglisi has been and continues to be a strong advocate for protecting the Town’s environment. During her administration, the Town has increased its open space by 107% (3,200 acres). The largest parcel to be acquired as part of her open space initiatives is the 352 acres at Hill point. Linda Puglisi, working in conjunction with the Town’s Open Space Committee, continues to look for further opportunities to maintain the Town’s open space. Other environmental initiatives by Supervisor Puglisi include strengthening the Town’s environmental laws and updating the Town’s Master Plan. Recently she supported saving an important fifty acre lake and watershed (Furnace Dock Lake) from being drained. This was a 100 year old lake and needed to be preserved. It now is owned by the Town of Cortlandt.A new Master Plan to be completed in early 2016 is currently underway.
Linda Puglisi is also strongly committed to assisting and honoring the many Veterans in the Town. She works tirelessly on issues for the Town’s Veterans and sponsors many events honoring them as well as saving the V.A. healthcare system (hospital) from being downsized. It is critical to maintain needed services at the V.A. for past, present and future Veterans. A new Veterans Park was constructed for all of our Veterans in 2012 at the Cortlandt Waterfront Park in the Verplanck section of Cortlandt and the first Purple Heart Veteran's Memorial in Westchester County was dedicated in 2014 at Town Hall.
She has also had the vision to react to the changing world that we live in. For example, Supervisor Puglisi created the position of Cortlandt Homeland Safety/Security/Energy Initiative’s Coordinator and formed a Technology Department in the Town, as well as, has been a proponent of energy conservation efforts. Cortlandt is a charter member of NWEAC, a consortium of 14 municipalities who work on energy conservation issues and is now a member of Sustainable Westchester,
Under Supervisor Puglisi’s leadership, the Town has and continues to prosper economically. Small businesses, as well as larger national stores, call the Town of Cortlandt home. She is strongly committed to continuing to sponsor initiatives to help the Town’s economy grow and prosper. In 2014 she will once again be sponsoring a “Shop Cortlandt” and Do Business in Cortlandt” effort along with Civic organizations and supports Cortlandt’s “Taking Care of Business” TV show.
Linda Puglisi is also the proud mother of twins, Allison and Jeffrey, who were raised in the Town of Cortlandt. Allison is an attorney practicing law in New York City and Jeffrey is a doctor in Connecticut. Linda is also the very proud grandmother of her two grandsons, Oliver and Jeremy (the sons of her daughter, Allison and son-in-law, Tom.)
“The Town of Cortlandt is a family oriented community with wonderful volunteers who provide important services to our residents. We are always working hard to come up with new ideas that will continue to improve the quality of life in the Town of Cortlandt. It is my honor and privilege to serve as the Supervisor of the Town of Cortlandt.”
Linda D. Puglisi