RYE CITY, NY – The 2023 election season is here and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to hold elected office.
Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will post candidate profiles as Election Day approaches.
Name: Pamela Jaffee
Native city: rye stream
Running for what office: Rye City Councilor
Education: BA in Literature and Rhetoric, Binghamton University
Political experience: 4 years, Rye Town Council; Rye Brook Village Technical Committee; Council Member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church (Rye Brook); Port Chester/Rye Brook/City of Rye Community Services Council; Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Volunteer Advocate
Work Experience: Pamela Jaffee is an accomplished public relations and branding professional, personally committed to representing the underrepresented. For decades, Pamela has been a standard-bearer for the romance industry. She has worked to abolish prejudices against gender and elevate books written for women, by women, with a focus on the evolution of women at the center of “the history” of today’s society. Pamela has long championed BIPoC and LGBTQ+ voices in all gender publications, increasing media awareness and sales of diverse and inclusive voices. This passion for equal representation is communicated in Pamela’s personal life: after spending years speaking on behalf of reproductive rights before New York State legislators and serving on several community boards and committees, she was elected to Rye City Councilor in 2019. He currently chairs the Municipality’s Sustainability and DEI committees.
Family: Husband, Scott; Children Kate (20) and Will (17)
Campaign website: https://www.facebook.com/RyeTo…
Why are you seeking this position?
I think big change starts at the local level; by listening to and advocating for their constituent-neighbors, giving their community a voice that reflects their needs and the issues most important to them. Too many politicians are “in it” for their own benefit or as a stepping stone to higher office. My goals have been localized to our community: preparing the city of Rye for New York State’s ambitious climate goals; beautify the City of Rye’s historic African-American cemetery and bring greater awareness to this local treasure; better ADA access to our municipal parks; uplifting the local LGBTQIA+ community through vibrant Pride month celebrations; honor Juneteenth Day and MLK Jr. Day with commemorations and community service.
What are the main differences between you and other candidates seeking this position?
I am not a politician; I am the neighbor and the ear of my constituents; your voice at City Hall. If I am asked to provide a service, such as increasing community service hours for students, or helping provide access to green spaces for Port Chester youth, I work with the Supervisor, Council and city staff to make it happen. those opportunities. .
What is the most pressing issue facing your constituents and what do you plan to do about it?
We are under pressing New York State “green” environmental goals (70% of the state’s electricity will be powered by renewable energy by 2030. With zero emissions from our power grid by 2040. And an 85% overall reduction in emissions of greenhouse gases). by 2050); and We need to continue working with our partner municipalities and organizations, such as Sustainable Westchester, Save the Sound, NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) to educate residents on how they can achieve these goals at the local level, with a low barrier to entry (by opting into Community Solar; downloading Con Ed’s Smart Rewards app (which gives residents money back for reducing energy use during peak peaks in the summer months) and more.
How would you address the issue of affordable housing in the community?
I have been endorsed by Shelley Mayer’s SWAC (Southern Westchester Action Committee) PAC; commitment to affordable housing is a key component of that support. I have seen affordable housing built here in my home community of Rye Brook, and I applaud it, I would love to see it expand (including affordable housing for seniors!). Port Chester is experiencing a boom in new apartment high-rises, but safe, affordable housing is becoming increasingly difficult to access in the area. We are also very aware of the difficulties faced by seniors and people with capacity limitations, and we have passed Local Law 1, Year 2023: “Act Relating to Property Tax Exemptions for Persons with Disabilities and Limited Income ”.
How would you protect drinking water in the community?
Living in the Sound and along the creeks and creeks of our municipality, taking an interest in clean waterways and drinking water reservoirs is a must. Whether it be working with the Airport Advisory Board to investigate potential groundwater contamination at the site and helping communicate the need to create a long-term solution up the government chain to achieve change. In fact, the first winter we moved into our house on Lincoln Avenue, before I was even in government, we noticed that the creek beneath our house was speckled with pink foam, emitting an unpleasant odor. As a publicist, I turned to LoHud’s consumer watch reporter, who informed me that it was the result of the de-icing product used at the track in winter; You just have to express yourself and activate the levers that drive change so that situations like this are resolved. At ground level, I organize community clean-up days in several townships twice a year, where residents of Rye Brook, Port Chester, Rye and Mamaroneck go to the outlet points of local water bodies to physically clean up litter and debris. debris that would otherwise feed into the Sound and affect quality of life far beyond our municipality.
What other issues do you plan to address during your campaign?
I would like to continue to be a voice for diversity and inclusion in the city, making our commitment to Pride, ADA access, and underrecognized communities even stronger and woven into the very fabric of the city and their municipalities. I love the idea of working with the city’s Spanish-speaking staff to ensure we communicate more clearly with the residents of Port Chester. Encourage residents to participate in City activities, meetings and committees so that they can be more aware of the services we currently provide (and CAN provide feedback) and provide more transparency about the services the City provides, as opposed to Villas to reside in, because it can be confusing… even for those running for this position!
I would like to support these city environmental goals for 2024-2028:
- Work with our partner villages to facilitate grants and opportunities to facilitate local goals as part of Governor Hochul’s New York Housing compact, a plan to build 800,000 new homes across the state, over the next decade.
- Revitalize local sustainability committees and municipal officials to achieve the goals of the New York State Climate Law: 70% of the state’s electricity will be powered by renewable energy by 2030. With zero emissions from our electric grid by 2040 And a general reduction of 85%. of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- Town of Rye is designated as a Climate Smart Community (this is a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate that will greatly benefit the residents of your community).
- Earned Bronze Clean Energy Community Certification from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority); Support high-impact actions to achieve Silver designation in the next 4 years.
- Continue to oppose, create resolutions that communicate our opposition to state and national leaders.
- Alerted to Indian Point’s recent plan to dump wastewater into the Hudson River through the WMOA; communicate our support for the New York State “Save the Hudson” bill on September 23
- Open ears, open meetings for local environmental groups regarding issues such as the creation of the “dirty energy” Danskammer (gas fracking) power plant on the Hudson near Newburgh. · If built, this fossil fuel plant would contribute to climate change. delaying New York’s clean energy goals and polluting our air and water. Our job is to lend our voice and support to residents and up to the highest level of government to actively oppose dirty energy and help create solutions at the local level (like working with Sustainable Westchester to help residents opt into power shared through solar farms, register residents in ConEd’s Grid Rewards app (sends alerts that trigger reduced energy use on the highest stress days on our electric grid, to get credit on your energy bill!)
- Sound Shore: Continue working to clean up local streams, creeks and waterways that flow into the Sound to reduce pollutants. Please be on the lookout for STORM WATER, which impacts not only our beaches, but also causes damage to homes along local waterways, an issue that immediately impacts residents in areas like Rye Neck.
- Achieve an A+ rating for Rye Town Beach, based on “Save the Sound” metrics; Prioritize investment in repairs and improvements to infrastructure and stormwater systems. (Based on 2023, Oakland Beach grades B+)
What achievements from your past would you cite as evidence that you can do this job?
Over the past four years, I have helped the Friends of the African American Cemetery dramatically beautify this local landmark and help bring it regional and national attention. I have worked with the team at Crawford Park Mansion Community Center to provide more vibrant offerings for the community, making it a true community hub. I have led inter-municipal environmental action conferences. I have helped draft and pass anti-hate legislation into the municipal registry. This year, at the third Pride celebration that I co-chaired with pRYEde’s Amanda Timchak, a couple from Mamaroneck approached me on Rye Town Beach as the festivities concluded and said, “We’ve never been here before. But now we know. We are welcome, we belong and we will return”.
What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?
Maybe it’s not advice, but my father’s mantra. “It’s ok, I’ll do it.” Commit, follow through, do great work… and continually maintain an open, growth mindset about how you can improve in the future.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you and your positions?
Eleanor’s Legacy endorsed me as a candidate who supports reproductive access; I am a candidate for Moms Demand Action Gun Sense. I keep my promises to the community, I deliver on them and I show up. I work very hard for you and would be honored to have four more years working on behalf of ALL city residents.