Christopher Kasker announces his bid for Tuxedo Park Village Board

18 Aug 2020 | 04:52

    For over 20 years, I served our nation as an officer in the U.S. Army. In 2017, I retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel and moved to Tuxedo Park.

    My desire to serve did not stop when I took off my Army uniform. It grew and drove me to seek out ways to be involved in our local community.

    I found a new uniform as a member of the Tuxedo Park Fire Department. Additionally, I joined the Tuxedo Chamber of Commerce and became one of their trustees. The Town Board appointed me to the Tuxedo Planning Board and Mayor McFadden selected me to be a member of the Tuxedo Park police chief search committee.

    During my time in the Army, I consistently sought positions of greater responsibility. Now, I am focused on service in the Tuxedo Park government, striving for a role of greater responsibility in our community as a Trustee for the Village of Tuxedo Park.

    The principles I have learned through my Army experience are directly applicable to the issues and challenges that face Tuxedo Park.

    Whether it was my time in Bosnia in charge of base security and access control or Kosovo running an international police station, training local police in Iraq, or running police operations in Texas, I will bring the full breadth of my law enforcement training and experience to assist our police chief and Mayor McFadden in achieving his community-oriented policing and security goals.

    As a press officer in the Pentagon and personal adviser to the secretary of the Army, I was part of the team that rolled out the annual Army budget proposal. After observing the current Tuxedo Park budget process, I know we can enhance the way we communicate the Village’s proposed budget to the community and garner useful feedback to measure and debate the impacts.

    Finally, as the director of communications at the United States Military Academy at West Point, I worked and planned with every organization on the base and gained valuable insight on what it takes to run a “village.” My most important audience was the internal community, those who lived and worked at West Point. As a Trustee, I will borrow from my West Point experience for the betterment of those who live and work in Tuxedo Park.

    I graciously ask for your vote on Sept. 15.

    Stay well,

    Christopher Kasker

    Tuxedo Park