“I applaud NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler for their diligent investigation of crimes and gross incompetence that plagued the Orange County IDA.
Local taxpayers have every right to feel cheated out of their hard-earned tax money and the public trust they put into the County Legislature responsible for IDA Board Member appointments.
As one of the recently removed IDA Board Officers involved in this shameful behavior, County Legislator Steve Brescia, representing parts of Montgomery and Wallkill, must be held accountable for the incompetence that resulted in these fraudulent, criminal activities.
County residents, especially those in District 9 (parts of Town of Wallkill and Town of Montgomery) deserve honest, transparent, competent representation.”
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official statement from fran fox-pizzonia
Fox-Pizzonia launches campaign for Orange County Legislature in District 9
My name is Fran Fox-Pizzonia and I’m running for Orange County Legislator in District 9. I’m running to bring back respect, integrity, and trust to represent you in Orange County Government.
I was born and raised Brooklyn-tough. I come from working class roots. My parents were incredibly strong people who overcame enormous obstacles. My Mom raised (4) children when my father died suddenly when I was 9. She struggled to make ends meet but she never stopped fighting for us and fighting for her rights, all while teaching us to be compassionate, strong and independent. These experiences led me to become a Social Worker, created my passion for human rights and instilled a foundation of service and faith that I tapped into later to support my oldest brother through addiction, recovery, and end of life Hospice care.
Over the last 16 years I’ve raised two amazing kids, Matt and Liz, right here in the Town of Montgomery with my husband, Henry, once a small-business owner, now a 20 year veteran High School Science Teacher at Valley Central.
I built a 28 year career in the mid-Hudson Valley working in Community Health, Human Services and Public Affairs. I’ve held leadership positions in Program Development and Grant Management. I’ve managed million dollar budgets, and worked to advance policies that directly impact people’s lives.
In my spare time, I’ve been an active volunteer in my community, within the Valley Central School District (including one term as a School Board Member) and as a Vestry Member of St. George’s Episcopal Church. My career, my family, and my faith bring me to public service today.
These are challenging and unprecedented times for all of us. As we continue to work together through COVID-19, our Schools, Small Businesses and Health Care Systems will need our focus now more than ever. And I believe the Orange County Legislature is in dire need of New Leadership to tackle the issues at hand today.
We need a public health system that creates real goals to combat the opioid epidemic, expands mental health services and increases access to quality health care for all. We need to build solutions that focus on smart, strategic, economic growth that lead to actual, secure jobs, livable wages, and affordable housing for all, including our young adults, new families and aging seniors. In order to realize ALL of these goals we need to approach racial injustice head on.
I am a passionate advocate for reproductive rights. I believe strongly in free speech and the power of non-violent civil disobedience to fight injustice. I support smart gun control and science-based clean energy solutions to climate change.
I promise to be a public servant that listens to you, represents your concerns and holds myself and my colleagues accountable to decisions that are made on your behalf. You matter and as your County Legislator I will represent you with honesty and respect.
I’m ready to fight hard for creative solutions and I know TOGETHER we can make Orange County a more wonderful place to live.