MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – After living in Mount Vernon her entire life, Maria Caraballo hopes that voters opt to put a home and business owner onto the city council rather than another politician.
With the Democratic primary set for Tuesday, there will be seven candidates vying for one of three vacant city council seats. Caraballo is hitting the campaign trail to garner support for her unlikely bid.
According to Caraballo, what she lacks in formal political experience she makes up with passion and adoration for the city she has called home her entire life.
“I am not a politician, I am a very concerned homeowner, parent and lifelong resident that cares 110 percent about Mount Vernon and not making the developers rich on our hard earned money,” she said. “I care about our quality of life and others just have a personal agenda.”
Caraballo cited the high taxes, lack of youth outreach programs and increasing crime prevention as reasons for her city council run.
‘I am a citizen of Mount Vernon first and a councilperson second,” she said. “I am going to fight with everything I have to be sure our communities are cleaned. Proper lighting and no craters in the middle of our streets.”
If elected, Caraballo would support an eight-lane track at Memorial Field with six tennis courts. She is vocally opposed to a skate park on the grounds, noting that a similar project in New Rochelle had to close due to lawsuits from injuries sustained on the grounds, adding that she believes that is what the people of the city would prefer.
“People should be proud of where they live,” she said. “I will never forget, I am one of you: a concerned citizen.”
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