ARMONK, N.Y. -- Kerry Lutz, an attorney and Armonk native, said he believes he would be an effective member of the North Castle Town Board because he keeps open ears. "We just need some common sense and civility in the local government," Lutz said. "The best way to handle the hostility is to make people feel heard and part of the process."
Lutz announced his run as a Republican candidate for town council out of a desire to give back to a community that has done so much for him, he said.
After moving to Armonk in 1990 with his wife and family, Lutz's wife fell fatally ill. The local aid he received from his everyday neighbors enlightened him to the notion that North Castle was someplace special.
"I don't know if there's another town that would have rallied to our support like North Castle did," Lutz said. "But luckily I never had to find out."
His biggest asset being brought to town government is the commitment to act, Lutz said.
"Our current board's agenda is to adjourn, adjourn, adjourn," Lutz said. "We need to act, act, act. True leadership is acting once the facts are disclosed."
Lutz said his biggest priorities if elected to office would be to keep Armonk's development true to the town's values. He said the area's natural beauty must be preserved and any new projects must not pose any economic negatives.
The biggest issue he would face is the Armonk A&P being replaced by a CVS, Lutz said.
"Our government showed a failure to lead with the supermarket story," Lutz said. "We need to make sure this town doesn't go a minute longer than it has to without a supermarket."
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