Paul Feiner, currently the longest serving chief elected official of any municipality in Westchester County, began his career in public service at the age of l2, when he worked as a volunteer on the successful l968 Congressional campaign of Ogden Reid. At the age of 16 Paul Feiner was already fighting for quality of life improvements. As Chair of the Teen Democrats of Westchester, he persuaded the county of Westchester to open the Bronx River Parkway on Sunday for cyclists, a program that celebrated its 43rd anniversary in 2017.
Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude at Fordham University and a l98l graduate of St. John’s Law School, Feiner immediately put his academic skills to good use. He led the campaign to open committee meetings of the Westchester County Board of Legislators to the public.This successful effort prompted Common Cause to name Mr. Feiner one of six national recipients of the Common Cause Public Service Achievement Award in l982. His award cited Feiner’s "force of imagination, initiative and perseverance that have made an outstanding contribution to the public interest in the areas of government performance and integrity."
In l983 he was elected to the Westchester County Board of Legislators, defeating two opponents who were supported by the political establishment. Thanks to Feiner the county Legislature adopted a number of open government reforms, including meetings with public speaking access. And, in l986, Feiner established the "Have a Heart for the Homeless Committee" which has helped over 400 families avoid homelessness. As a Legislator, Feiner worked to lower utility rates and find housing for indigent families.
In l99l, he was elected Town Supervisor of Greenburgh, the largest town in Westchester County. Feiner is also the longest serving Supervisor in the history of Greenburgh. During the past 30 years, improvements to the town and government systems are too vast to list but major highlights include: moving Town Hall in 2003, reaching Moody’s highest bond rating of AAA, instituting “Dial Democracy” where residents can call in to board meetings which now also stream live, building multiple affordable housing complexes, passing very strict ethics laws for elected officials in 2007, reassessing all town properties in 2016 for first time in 60 years, reducing the crime rate to the lowest level in recorded history, increasing open space from 200 to 600 acres, always involving students in government through internships and programs, and in 2021 making it a top priority to help vaccinate thousands of Greenburgh’s most vulnerable citizens through the Covid Angels and #VaxUpWestchester initiatives.
Spotlight Westchester Magazine named Paul Feiner the "most interesting politician in Westchester" in their "the Best of Westchester 200l issue". He was honored by the Rotary Foundation as a Paul Harris Fellow. Feiner also began hosting a weekly interview program on WVOX Radio (l460 AM) every Friday morning in January, 2002, which he continues to this day. Feiner was appointed an Adjunct Professor of Government at Westchester Community College, teaching one course a semester about local and state governments.
The August, 2008 issue of MONEY MAGAZINE named Greenburgh as one of the “BEST PLACES TO LIVE” in America. Greenburgh ranked number 80. “If you want to know what makes Greenburgh special, look no further than Town Hall. The city’s remarkably open government (the town supervisor makes house calls to settle grievances) mirrors a community light-years away from the parts of New York state that appear on primetime crime dramas.” The magazine praised the town for its 600 acres of parkland, water park and “compelling arts community with galleries housed at, where else, town hall.” In July, 2009 CNN.money.com named Greenburgh #12 in 6 Figure Towns – best place communities that have high incomes.”
Feiner was the Democratic candidate for United States Congress from the 20th Congressional District in l998 and in 2000. Although Feiner lost the election to the chairman of the House International Affairs Committee, he won the Westchester County portion of the district by nearly 65% of the vote.
An avid cyclist, Feiner has participated in numerous long distance charity bike rides. He has cycled from NY to Vermont over a dozen times to raise funds for the Special Olympics & Westchester ARC. In 2006 Feiner organized a charity bike ride from Hartsdale to Washington DC to raise over $40,000 for a former Hartsdale Volunteer firefighter who was paralyzed from the head down as a result of a bicycle accident. Feiner and his fellow cyclists met with Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer in Washington to lobby for stem cell research funds. Feiner ran the NYC marathon, the Philadelphia Half Marathon (2014) and enjoys swimming. In 1998 he started lobbying the NYS Thruway Authority to allow bicyclists to bike on the old Tappan Zee bridge. The state closed the bridge for cyclists once a year. In June, 2020 a new bike and pedestrian path opened on the new Mario Cuomo bridge, an initiative that Supervisor Feiner had pushed for. Feiner makes frequent bike calls around town—asking residents who are walking dogs, doing gardening or just taking a walk what the town can do to help them. His cell phone number is even printed on a sign atop of his car.
Feiner was born on February l4, l956 and is married to Sherrie Brown, an attorney. They have a daughter, Julia and live in Greenburgh.