Russell said she wants to continue to work on long-term town projects, such as revitalizing downtowns and increasing the number of affordable housing units. She also hopes to improve the lines of communications between the town and its residents to get residents more involved in local government. “We’re trying to make government more accessible to the average resident,” Russell said. Russell said she would also hope to continue to expand Project Independence, the town’s program for seniors and disabled residents. The town needs to continue to improve services without stretching budgets, “essentially doing more with less,” she said.
Russell, 45, of New Cassel, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines. First elected in 2009, she is seeking a third four-year term. Russell graduated with a degree in social science from the College of New Rochelle. She then worked in human resources for an insurance company, in communications and development for a nonprofit specializing in women’s empowerment, and at the town’s 311 Call Center before joining the town board. She is a licensed real estate agent. She is married and has three children.