Stacy Fisher has lived in Hartsdale for just three years, but she’s been involved in the community for much longer. Flying to Westchester from the West Coast to visit friends in the area, and then coming up by train when she lived in Manhattan, Fisher fell in love with Hartsdale’s charm, accessibility and diverse community.
Shortly after she moved to the suburb, Fisher became active with the Hartsdale Neighbors Association — a civic organization that aims to provide residents with factual and neutral information while also being a voice for the community at large. Fisher took on a leadership role within the association as co-president with HNA founding member Dan Weinfeld while Eric Zinger, the group’s previous president, conducted his campaign for a seat on the town board.
“She’s going to bring a level of organization and structure that will help grow our group and achieve our goals,” Zinger told the Inquirer.
Fisher’s voluntary role as president became official Aug. 22 when the HNA Executive Committee selected her to serve a one-year term as president.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to … make a difference,” said Fisher, who is self-employed as an executive coach.
Transitioning out of her career at a Fortune 20 company has allowed Fisher, 56, to get involved in her community and spend more time focusing on local issues.
As president of the neighborhood association, she is hoping to use her time to refocus the growing HNA membership and to institute committees that will actively tackle the suburb’s biggest issues.
“Leveraging what I have done in my career … [I was selected to] put a next level of structure in place for growth so that we’re able to be nimble and more scalable in our advocacy and in our impact,” said Fisher. “I always like to see what’s possible and then figure out how we can get there.”
With her “glass half full mentality,” Fisher said she plans to form seven new committees within the HNA to not only increase credibility with the town board and residents, but to allow Hartsdale residents to get involved beyond just attending regular HNA meetings.
Although the number of members to serve on each new committee has not yet been established, and chairpersons are still being selected, Fisher plans to form a governance committee, an economic and business development and planning committee, a history of Greenburgh committee, a financial efficacy committee, a communication and community engagement committee, an educational excellence committee and a safety committee.
Fisher said she wants a diverse group of Hartsdale residents to comprise the committees so all neighborhoods would be represented and people can communicate effectively as they work to solve problems in Hartsdale.
“We really want to see a wonderful cross section — that’s something we’re specifically working on so we can fulfill what Hartsdale has become to me and to others — a place that is welcoming and beautiful and vibrant,” said Fisher.
Some of the challenges the new HNA committees will tackle in the next year include the Four Corners redevelopment study, the Odell House restoration, the Greenburgh Central School District bond failure, and taxes, specifically working to repeal the federal government’s SALT deduction cap.
“It’s a multifaceted complex issue that folks are feeling very pressed on,” Fisher said, referring to the SALT deduction cap.
“We’re trying to make sure that we reach out to anyone who’s interested — and if there’s a special focus of area — using these committees to build the network that HNA has and get more people involved in what’s going on,” said Zinger on the institution of the committees. “We’re trying to both broaden the scope of area that we focus on and broaden the network of engaged citizens.”
HNA open meetings will be held at the end of September and the beginning of November to follow up with the Greenburgh Central School District School Board about the bond proposal that was voted down in May.
“A point of pride for any community is to really exemplify the intent of [its] vision for the community,” said Fisher.