Common Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona Announces Mayoral Candidacy for City of White Plains

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MIlagros Lecuono candidate for White Plains Mayor.

Milagros Lecuono candidate for White Plains Mayor.

Lecuona for Mayor

Lecuona for Mayor

WHITE PLAINS, NY — January 29, 2017 — White Plains Common Councilwoman Milagros Lecuona officially announced her candidacy today for Mayor of the City of White Plains, in what she vows will be a vigorous campaign. Lecuona made the announcement outside of the Westchester County Democrats headquarters at 170 East Post Road, surrounded by vacant storefronts in the heart of business district.

Lecuona stated: “Today’s political announcement should not surprise anyone in White Plains, based on what the current administration has been advocating for the last six years. We reside in a very competitive regional environment where cities are struggling to attract dynamic business interests as well as new residents all while balancing quality of life issues. However the ongoing lack of vision, process and leadership have placed White Plains on a dangerous path. The time to change that path is now.”

The current administration’s lack of transparency is a major issue: “Developers schedule meetings with city commissioners, but residents are not even able to access basic information. Our citizens are purposely kept in the dark!” City Commissioners have been instructed not to talk to specific Common Council members; the information provided is “filtered, manipulated, or delayed. And as a result, our neighborhoods suffer.”

Lecuona with supporter

Alan Himmelstein, a 27-year resident of White Plains, stated: “I am so happy to see that Milagros Lecuona is running for mayor. She has shown tremendous dedication, integrity and knowledge on the Common Council. I believe she will conduct city business openly and with a vision for the future based on sound urban planning.”

Lecuona is an immigrant from Spain who moved her family to White Plains in 1987. A trained architect and urban planner for the last 35 years, she has served on the White Plains Common Council for the past 9 years. During her time in office, Lecuona has taken on powerful interests on behalf of the people of White Plains. Entering public service was a natural progression given her lifelong community involvement, for which she as received multiple recognitions and awards.

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BIOGRAPHY:

MIlagros Lecuono candidate for White Plains Mayor.

Milagros Lecuono candidate for White Plains Mayor.

She is a former member of the Westchester County Planning Board, the White Plains Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee, the White Plains Cable Commission, the White Plains Budget and Management Advisory Committee and the board of the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. She was a member of the New York German School Board of Education and co-president of the WPHS-PTA. Currently, she is the chair of the White Plains Sustainable Committee, and represents the City of White Plains on the Long Island Sound Water Inter-municipal Committee (LISWIC). She is a member of the White Plains Historical Society and a member of the White Plains Volunteer Fire Fighters. Milagros hosts and produces a radio show called “Livable Cities” at WVOX 1460AM in New Rochelle since 2012.

Milagros Lecuona has been a councilwoman in the City of White Plains since 2008. She is a strong advocate for responsible and efficient growth, the protection of the built and the non-built environment, and the preservation of the city’s beautiful and diverse neighborhoods. One of Milagros’ priorities as a city council member is to assure that policies are universally inclusive physically, economically and socially. She finds it rewarding to put her knowledge, experience and creativity to work for better communities and her work and service has been recognized by multiple reputable organizations.

Milagros inherited her respect for nature growing up in the Canary Islands, her appreciation for music from her parents and her devotion for community service from the residents of White Plains. In her free time she enjoys performing zarzuela, a Spanish traditional form of opera.

BIOGRAPHY:

Milagros Lecuona is originally from the Canary Islands, Spain. After living in several cities around the world, she moved to White Plains where she has been a resident since 1987. Before coming to the U.S., Milagros lived in Guadalajara, Mexico where she taught at the School of Architecture ITESO and co-owned an art school.

Milagros holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Madrid Spain, where she majored in Urban Planning, and dual master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and School of Urban Planning (GSAPP).

She has more than 35 years of experience in Architecture and Urban Planning. For the last 16 years, Milagros has been working primarily on educational and cultural facilities and prior to that, she did extensive construction and design work on corporate, residential, health care and laboratories facilities. She is the principal at Lecuona Associates, an award winning architectural design and urban planning consulting firm in White Plains. Until recently, she was an assistant adjunct professor (AAP) at Columbia University at the GSAPP urban planning masters program and is currently teaching as an AAP at SUNY Empire State College.

She is a former member of the Westchester County Planning Board, the White Plains Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee, the White Plains Cable Commission, the White Plains Budget and Management Advisory Committee and the board of the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. She was a member of the New York German School board of Education and co-president of the WPHS-PTA. Currently, she is the chair of the White Plains Sustainable Committee, and represents the City of White Plains on the Long Island Sound Water Inter-municipal Committee (LISWIC). She is a member of the White Plains Historical Society and a member of the White Plains Volunteer Fire Fighters. Milagros hosts and produces a radio show called “Livable Cities” at WVOX 1460AM in New Rochelle since 2012.

Milagros Lecuona has been a councilwoman in the City of White Plains since 2008. She is a strong advocate for responsible and efficient growth, the protection of the built and the non-built environment, and the preservation of the city’s beautiful and diverse neighborhoods. One of Milagros’ priorities as a city council member is to assure that policies are universally inclusive physically, economically and socially. She finds it rewarding to put her knowledge, experience and creativity to work for better communities and her work and service has been recognized by multiple reputable organizations.

Milagros inherited her respect for nature growing up in the Canary Islands, her appreciation for music from her parents and her devotion for community service from the residents of White Plains. In her free time she enjoys performing zarzuela, a Spanish traditional form of opera.

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