The truth isn’t always easy, but it is always the truth. That simple life philosophy has motivated Lou Young through 43 years of award-winning TV journalism as well as 35 years of marriage and family life. He and his wife, Debra Quintana, raised their two children right here: The kids both graduated from Mamaroneck High School and return often to visit.
Young grew up on Long Island, graduating from Newfield High School in Selden in 1970 where he was active in student government. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcasting from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and has been inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame. Awards include ten Emmys, a Columbia University-Du Pont Silver Baton, and numerous other accolades from the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Radio-Television News Director’s Association. He has reported on four continents and followed many local issues for decades as member of news teams at WABC, WNBC, and WCBS. Lou Young is co-author of the
Last year’s devastating flood, Lou says, reminded him that he first visited Mamaroneck more than 30 years ago to cover similar events and had been told many times since by public officials that plans were “in the works” to address the problem. He decided it was time to stop taking others word for it and dive into the issue himself.
As a retired journalist turned consultant, he assisted Westchester County Legislator Catherine Parker with the issue in 2020 when the Trump Administration unexpectedly pulled funding from an Army Corps of Engineers Flood Mitigation Project. That’s when he met Mayor Tom Murphy who appointed him in January 2022 to fill a vacant Trustee position and elevated him to Deputy Mayor a month later.
After just a few months on the job, Young discovered the decades of neglect by the Board of Trustees that exacerbated the situation including a dormant River Maintenance budget line that had been raided years earlier. Further investigation revealed choked sections of the Sheldrake and Mamaroneck Rivers that hadn’t been cleared of debris and silt in a decade. It was at Young’s request and with Mayor Murphy’s support that Village Manager Jerry Barbiero declared a local Storm Flooding Emergency that took the issue out of the Board’s inactive hands. On the Manager’s authority, the Village is now beginning an in-house removal of debris from the rivers and a contract is being finalized to de-silt and dredge key sections of the rivers.
There’s more, though. In his first month as Trustee, Young was shocked to learn that the Old Village Hall on Mount Pleasant Avenue had been allowed to deteriorate to state that became a health hazard to employees including the Village Police Department and its Municipal Court. That neglect required a $2 Million emergency allocation of funds to save the structure.
A third local emergency was declared in April of 2022 when the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation cited the Village for unsafe conditions at the old Mamaroneck Reservoir Dam, which could also cost the Village more millions. “The wages of neglect are mounting,” he said, as he announced his intention to seek a full 2 year term on the Board, allying himself with two reform-minded running mates, Leilani Yizar-Reid and Manny Rawlings. “We have to wrestle control of this village from the small group of self-interested people who have protected their friends, ignored their constituents, and missed numerous opportunities to protect a fine Village from changing circumstances.”
His primary issues are pedestrian safety, simplifying local government operations, safeguarding parks and open spaces, and keeping a strong restraint on development. “Mamaroneck deserves better than they’ve gotten from those currently in control who have undermined the Village Mayor and Manager. If we don’t change the makeup of the Board of Trustees the future will not be kind to this wonderful place.”
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