District 5 Democratic and Conservative candidate Patricia Halo has lived in New City for fifty years and raised her family there. Her son, Z, his wife Ivonne, and two grandsons Athan and Nikos who attend Clarkstown schools live nearby. Pat’s younger son Tyler works in stage management in Austin, Texas.
Halo is a family nurse practitioner in private practice in New City for twenty years. She also holds a Masters in Nutrition from Columbia University’s medical school, a CEBS degree from the Wharton School of Finance and a Bachelors in Healthcare and Public Policy. Previously she worked for large employers as a certified benefit consultant and has written a text on this field published by AMACOM.
As a county legislator in the 1990s, Halo passed legislation to stop smoking in public buildings, including schools, restaurants and offices, and to stop the sale of cigarettes in vending machines. She also passed legislation to require helmets for biking to prevent head injury; to establish the Adopt A Highway program; to encourage private sector environmental stewardship. Halo chaired the Rte 59 expansion project, and the I-287 interchange between 3 counties and two states to improve roadway safety. In the community she served for six years as the New City Chamber president, two years heading the Rotary Shots for Tots program and the last five years on water conservation and environmental issues with New City Neighborhood Association. If elected, Halo plans to pursue solutions and legislation to improve water purity and to address flooding and erosion issues.
She intends to improve transportation for seniors, disabled residents and veterans. She will evaluate and stop any overuse or misuse of social service programs. She also wants to re-establish mental health and other public health health services. Halo is endorsed by the Clarkstown Democratic Committee, Everytown for Gun Safety, Eleanor’s Legacy, New City Neighborhood Association, West Branch Conservation, Rockland Filipino Seniors, Jay Hood, Chairman of the Legislature and Harriet D. Cornell former chairman, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and many other community leaders.