continued from home
We are a thriving district with so much potential yet largely dismissed. District 1 consists of dense neighborhoods with hard-working families, seniors and children of all ages, part of downtown Main Street, industrial and commercial zones, a bustling Union Ave business district with scores of mom & pop store-front shops, houses of worship, and senior housing complexes. With that brings an intense shortage of parking with no solutions in sight. No visible capital projects are happening on the West end while our roads desperately need repairs. No park exists for the South end of District 1 while the one playground on the West end has extremely poor-quality equipment, unlike the playgrounds in other parts of this city.
These inequities and the stark disparities are impossible to argue
and it is time to stop ignoring them.
Now, this district is positioned to play a crucial role for the future of New Rochelle as the city undertakes the most ambitious downtown development plan in all of Hudson Valley. Two major developments have already broken ground in District 1.
We need a voice in City Hall who has the best interest of all the working families, longtime residents and businesses in this District.
When this city touts growth and revitalization for downtown, we need to ensure it includes economic progress for District 1. When the glass towers are completed we need to advocate for this community so that no one is displaced or pushed out. When the city advances for the future we must see to it that this District is not left behind.
I have never been as passionate and motivated as I am now to continue my dedication
to public service. I will be a fierce advocate for this entire community.
I will get right to work for real progress and change.
I look forward to being on this important journey with you.
Martha currently serves as a Special Assistant to Westchester County Executive George Latimer for Community and Immigrant Affairs. She is married to Dennis Hanratty, Executive Director of
Mt. Vernon United Tenants, a tenant advocacy and assistance grassroots organization. They have lived in West New Rochelle for 14 years. They have two adult sons, one baby granddaughter,
a 16-year-old black lab whose parents were service dogs in NYC, and a cocker spaniel that is one among 300+ dogs she and Dennis have rescued in the last 15 years.
Special Assistant to County Executive, Immigrant & Community Affairs 2018-present
Westchester County Executive’s Office, White Plains, NY
Environmental Justice Specialist 2017-2018
New York Power Authority, White Plains, NY
Bilingual Election Inspector Coordinator 2011-2017
Westchester County Board of Elections, White Plains, NY
Development Associate 2010 – 2011
HOPE Community Services, New Rochelle, NY
Director for Hispanic Affairs 2001-2009
County of Westchester, White Plains, NY
Assistant Director 1984-2001
Washingtonville Housing Alliance, Mamaroneck, NY
Community Development Consultant 2010-2011
City School District of New Rochelle
Carver Center, Port Chester, NY
Adjunct Instructor 2010-2011
College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Courses: Working with Families: A Cross Cultural Perspective, Case Studies of Immigrant Families
Appointed member, New Rochelle Citizens’ Panel on Sustainable Budget
Founder and Former President, Community Resource Center (formerly Hispanic Resource Center), 1999
Co-Founder and Former Member, KEEPS (after-school childcare program), 1982
Foster Parent, NY-Pet Rescue Organization (10 years)
Former Board Member, YWCA of Central Westchester
Former Treasurer and Board Member, Emelin Theater
Former Board Member, Westchester Hispanic Coalition
Former Board Member, Westchester Residential Opportunities
Former Mentor, Martha Sloan Greenwalt Young Woman’s Mentoring Program
Heroes of Immigrants, New York Civil Liberties Union-Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, 2010
Government Relations Award, El Centro Hispano Inc., 2009
Community Service Award, Westchester Community Opportunity Program, 2007
Distinguished Service Award NASW Westchester Chapter, , 2005
The Edgar Wachenheim Jr. Award, The Guidance Center, 2003
Marzella Garland Award, Washingtonville Housing Alliance, 2001
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Commission, 2000
Women in Affordable Housing, Westchester Interfaith Housing Corp.
Contributions Made to the Business Community , Westchester Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Co-Founder, Hispanic Democrats of Westchester
District Leader, New Rochelle Democratic City Committee
Masters of Social Work– Advanced Generalistic Practice & Programming, Columbia University, School of Social WorkBachelors of Arts, Sociology(minor Psychology), City University of New York, Lehman College
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