Lucas Cioffi is a US Army veteran, open government advocate, husband, and father of two. He was born and raised in Greenburgh and has returned to Greenburgh to raise his family. Lucas graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, graduated from the US Army Ranger School, earned the rank of captain, and served as an infantry officer in Iraq from 2004-2005.
During the five years when he lived in Washington, DC, Lucas mobilized 1500 non-profit professionals, researchers, and government leaders in support of the federal government’s Open Government Initiative. He hosted conferences in partnership with the US Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Treasury, Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, and NASA.
Lucas served three years on the board of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, collaborating with talented dialogue facilitators working to bridge political and racial divides.
In 2016 Lucas and his family lived on Market Street in Charlottesville when that street erupted in large-scale race-based violence and made national and international headlines. Lucas then served on the Charlottesville Community Leadership Council which worked to build bridges in the community in the wake of that violence.
Lucas is a software engineer, entrepreneur, and business owner. You can read his full resume here
. He has served in leadership roles in civic organizations and large technology companies and looks forward to helping Greenburgh catch up and surpass other municipalities in how it listens to its residents and delivers the services they require.
About this Campaign
This campaign will be bold yet respectful, and without personal attacks.
Greenburgh collects over half a billion dollars in tax revenue from its 90,000 residents. Lucas is seeking election to the role of Town Supervisor in Greenburgh, NY in order to significantly increase transparency across the board and to give residents a substantial voice in how their tax dollars are spent.
The first step was to collect 1500 signatures by May 28th in order to run as an independent in the general election on November 5th.
The good news is that we received 2932 signatures by the deadline, gathered by 124 amazing volunteers. The second phase starts now as we crowdsource our platform
Lucas met over 2000 residents when gathering the necessary signatures to get on the ballot in May 2019. Over and over again people would describe how their taxes keep going up, but they do not have confidence that the town government is spending their money well.
Lucas committed to significantly increasing transparency and community participation at the town level, especially around the budget. Residents deserve a budget that has significantly more detail than the one that we were given. Without sufficient detail on each line item, we cannot tell if our money is being spent efficiently, and we cannot hold our officials accountable.
Beyond the budget, when we provide more information to voters and make it easier for their voices to be truly heard, we will improve the town's decision making process on all issues especially around infrastructure, zoning, and planning.
Here is the detailed platform
, in draft format for public comment.
We are launching several initiatives which will demonstrate that we are campaigning the same way we will govern: with respect, with fresh thinking, and by creating more meaningful opportunities for community participation.
During June and July we gathered feedback for what residents want to see changed. We are compiling the results. You can continue to add your ideas here
The second initiative is the Westchester Youth Congress
. Interested teachers and students may apply.
The third initiative is the Greenburgh Civic News Feed
. Our town is large but it does not have a news source that covers all of our six villages and our town. We built this news feed to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges that each of our villages is facing. Every hour, we automatically aggregate the news and opinions from as many blogs and email newsletters in Greenburgh as possible. If you have a news source that is not yet included (such as an email newsletter to your neighborhood), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
, and we will add it.