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 and the only major elected office he ever held. 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 credits Feiner with introducing "Dial Democracy", whereby 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.
Awards and recognition
- 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.
- Scharfenberg, David (26 June 2005). "The Problem With Greenburgh's Problem Solver". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- Kolb, Elzy (July 2008). "Professional Nudge". Westchester Magazine. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- Brenner, Elsa (29 March 1992). "From Gadfly To Supervisor, A Rocky Path For Feiner". New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
- Kelley, Tina (8 November 2000). "The 2000 Elections: The House; Democrat Captures Lazio's Long Island Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- West, Debra (5 June 1998). "Difficult Lesson in Fund-Raising". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Town of Greenburgh - Meeting Schedules". Retrieved 19 January 2011.
- Feiner's blog
- Hudson, Edward (11 April 1982). "Westchester Journal". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
- "Tocqueville in Greenburgh". C-SPAN. 6 June 1997. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
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