Paul J. Feiner
Paul J. Feiner (born February 14, 1956) is an American politician from New York. He has been Town Supervisor (an elected office with a two-year term) of Greenburgh, New York in Westchester County since 1991. He unsuccessfully ran for United States Congress twice.
Feiner graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from Fordham University and holds a law degree from St. John's Law School in New York. He is married to Sherrie Brown, an attorney; they have one daughter.
Feiner has been involved in politics since childhood: at age 12, he worked as a volunteer in the Congressional campaign of Ogden Reid; at 16, Feiner became Chair of the Teen Democrats of Westchester.
He was elected in 1983 as a County Legislator in Westchester County, and was first elected Town Supervisor of Greenburgh in 1991; he has held that post ever since. In 1998 and 2000 Feiner ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic candidate for New York's 20th congressional district, losing to the long-time incumbent Congressman, Benjamin A. Gilman.
Feiner's campaign website describes his introduction of the concept of "Dial Democracy" where residents of Greenburgh can phone in questions and comments to Town Board meetings as they are in progress, televised live on the town's local Public-access television cable TV channels. He maintains a blog for residents to comment on policy, events, and local issues, and has a weekly radio show, "The Greenburgh Report," on WVOX AM Radio.
Awards and recognitions
- 1982: Feiner named one of six national recipients of the Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award.
- 1997: C-SPAN profiled Feiner's Town Board Meetings in special report.
- 2001: Spotlight Westchester Magazine called Feiner "most interesting politician in Westchester" in its Best of Westchester 2001 issue.
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