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Krista will replace Cynthia Adamson, a dedicated public servant who worked for the town for 29 years!
Cynthia Adamson, who has worked as my confidential secretary for 29 years, is retiring. She has been an exceptional public servant and has helped many residents over the years with government related problems. She has always treated every person who contacted her with respect and tried hard to help everyone who contacted my office.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Krista Madsen as my new Assistant, effective Monday February 1. Krista will work directly with the Town Supervisor in what will become an expanded role as she assists in the complex day-to-day operations of his office, public relations and communications. She will act as a liaison between citizens, community organizations and the Supervisor; represent the Town as part of steering committees and meetings with external agencies and groups; and manage positive relationships with the public, Council and Town staff; along with streamlining the myriad civic projects I have a hand in, starting with the urgent effort of connecting our most vulnerable citizens with Covid-19 vaccines (Covid Angels initative). She will also assist with the implementation of the Zuckerberg/Greenburgh initiative - students helping local businesses.
Krista, an active and engaged citizen of the village of Sleepy Hollow since 2009, is a Yale graduate with a degree in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. She interviewed me on occasion when she worked as a reporter and local editor covering a network of Patch.com news sites from Tarrytown to Croton between the years of 2009-2014.
From 2014-2017, she was a project manager and development consultant for Historic Hudson Valley, mainly tasked with overseeing the implementation of the largest educational grant the regional nonprofit ever received. The Runaway Art cross-curriculum program brought the history of Northern Colonial slavery (and more specifically of Philipsburg Manor, the plantation run by the enslaved right here in our backyard) to thousands of minority middle and high school students in New York City.
For the last 3.5 years, Krista has served as the Managing Director of the Hudson Valley Writers Center, a literary arts institution operating out of the Philipse Manor train station building in Sleepy Hollow, and, through the pandemic, thriving fully online with workshops and literary events via Zoom. Krista leaves the HVWC well-poised to begin an exciting new chapter in its 30-plus year history, as it will soon sign sign off on a deal to buy the building outright from Metro North and can then proceed to modernize the space with energy efficiency and other essential upgrades funded by a nearly complete capital fundraising campaign.
Krista is a published novelist and a former bar owner, as the creator and sole proprietor of Stain Arts Lounge in Brooklyn for five years. She is the mother of two daughters in the Tarrytown public school system and was the co-leader of their Girl Scout troop for many years. She recorded oral histories of citizen stories in conjunction with the Hudson Independent and Warner Library, started the #SleepyHollowShorts 30-sec film fest, and was a key player in the first Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Lit Fest in 2019.
We know Krista will be a great asset to the Town of Greenburgh. Please join us in welcoming her to our staff.