MAMARONECK- Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie Moore O’Keeffe, who has served in that position almost 12 years, announced today she will not run again in November. She said she decided two years ago that her current term would be her last.
Known around Town simply as “Valerie,” as well as for her good humor and wit, and the shock of grey hair at almost every local event, O’Keeffe served as an elected Councilwoman from 1994 to 2000 and has been Supervisor since January 2000 .
O”Keeffe knew politics early, when she would ride on the train to Albany with her father, who worked as General Counsel for the Dept. of Public Works under Gov. Thomas Dewey. Later, she would ride with him when he flew on planes with Robert Moses to open events like the World’s Fair.
“I was dragged around like a little mascot, and just absorbed it all,” she tells theLoop.
Currently, she is Chairperson of the Westchester Joint Water Works (WJWW) and the Westchester-Putnam Association of Town Supervisors (WPATS). She is Past President of the Westchester Municipal Officials Association (WMOA).
O’Keeffe said, “I have been privileged to work for the Town of Mamaroneck for almost 12 years as Supervisor and now think it’s time to give somebody else a chance. During my years I have enjoyed a serious but very cordial collegial relationship with my fellow Board members even though we have been members of different parties.
I am hopeful the new Board elected in November will continue to be bi-partisan. It’s very important that all aspects of the community are represented on the Board. I am, therefore, strongly supporting the candidacy of Seth Marcus, a gifted, community-minded lawyer with children in our local schools for Council member. Mr. Marcus has been nominated by the Republican Party to run for a Council seat in November.”
She especially thanked the staff and the employees of the Town of Mamaroneck for their professional dedication, hard work, and courtesy over the years.