Karen BrownIn my first term, I have acted as a liaison to the Tarrytown business community with the aim to help existing businesses thrive and bring new enterprises into the village.  Our Main Street is more vibrant than ever, and the village is well poised for economic growth, with investors wanting to build and do business here. Most recently, plans are being considered to redevelop the under-utilized retail space on Broadway. However, these opportunities also pose challenges, including increased congestion and rising housing costs, that could threaten the culture and quality of life that Tarrytown residents hold dear. Recognizing both the risks and the potential benefits, I and the Board are fully committed to carefully reviewing these proposals and ensuring that the interests of all Tarrytowners are protected.  

In addition to my work on downtown development, I also am proud to be part of the Board’s many other efforts to improve our Village’s quality of life.  We are regularly updating and improving our parks, mostly using funds obtained from grants. In progress now are upgrades to Patriots Park, including a state of the art play-structure.   Losee Field is getting new lights and competition grade baseball diamonds, the bulkhead in that area is being repaired, and an extension of of the RiverWalk around the field is about to be constructed.  Our recreation department continues to offer programs to seniors and families at the lowest possible price. Upgrading our aging infrastructure is another of our primary goals that requires constant vigilance. Among other initiatives, we are in Phase 7 of upgrades to our century-old water system.  We also are awaiting the opening of the affordable housing on Wildey Street which has been held up by changes in eligibility and rental charges stemming from Westchester County’s housing lawsuit.

Last, but definitely not least, all of our efforts to enhance the Village are based on a steadfast commitment to holding the reins on tax increases.  To this end, we are continually seeking ways to both more efficiently provide the services that our residents deserve and to raise non-tax revenues.

I’ve always believed that Tarrytown’s success is rooted in smart, dedicated residents working together on the full range  of important issues. It is our goal to enhance community outreach. I encourage more residents to please come to public meetings every first and third Monday of the month and to share their ideas on community matters.

  • Village Trustee March 2016 – Present
  • Village of Tarrytown Open Space Committee 1999
  • Zoning Review Committee 2000-2002
  • Zoning Board of Appeals in 2006 -Present. 
  • Owner Hudson Barter Exchange 2008- Present
  • Recipient 914Inc Women in Business Award 2017
  • Democratic District Leader 2006 – Present
  • Co-chair of SHHS Football Boosters 2011-2014
  • Co-chair Temple Beth Abraham Care Committee 2008- 2016
  • TUFSD PTA Vice President 2005- 2007
  • Board member of the Children’s Garden Center at Temple Beth Abraham 2000-2003
  • President Wilson Park Association 1999-2005
  • BA French, SUNY Albany
  • MBA,  Baruch College Zicklin School of Business,