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JULY 2019

Gordon, Leader and Romita Achieve Unprecedented Success in Voter Petitioning Efforts, Win Party Nominations

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Heralding much-needed change in town government, the Harrison Democratic Committee today announced that it had achieved unprecedented success in its voter petitioning efforts to place the Moving Harrison Forward slate of candidates – Frank Gordon for Mayor, and Lauren Leader and Michael Romita for Town Board – on the November 2019 ballot.


“I am very pleased with the outpouring of support we received during our petitioning efforts from voters who recognize that change in Harrison government is long overdue,” said Frank Corvino, the Committee’s Chairman. “We received over three times the number of signatures required to place the Moving Harrison Forward slate on the ballot in November, a level unprecedented in my experience.”


In a joint statement, Gordon, Leader and Romita said, “We are grateful that so many residents have chosen to support us. Voters seem to recognize that our message of integrity, transparency and respect in local government transcends party lines. We look forward to reaching out to residents and listening to their concerns in the months ahead.”


The Moving Harrison Forward team has proudly accepted the nominations of the Democratic and Working Families Parties.


“Reflective of its nominations by multiple parties,“ Corvino added, “this team brings to local government a welcome diversity of knowledge and viewpoints that has been missing for years.”


To learn more about Moving Harrison Forward, visit www.movingharrisonforward.com or Moving Harrison Forward on Facebook.


 Frank Gordon – Mr. Gordon, who had a 25-year career in accounting, law and finance, currently serves on the Harrison Town Board full-time. He applies the same principles of outstanding customer service that he learned in business to resident service.  A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and recipient of JD and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago, he also volunteers at the Harrison Food Pantry.


Lauren Leader – Ms. Leader is Co-Founder and CEO of All In Together, a nonpartisan non-profit that trains women in civics and civic leadership. She is a sought-after adviser to major corporations on issues ranging from diversity to corporate social responsibility. Author of Crossing the Thinnest Line, she frequently appears as a commentator on MSNBC and other media outlets. She has two daughters, and her oldest attends Harrison public schools. She was a 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar and is a graduate of Barnard College.


Michael Romita – Mr. Romita is a partner at Mercury Strategies, a public policy firm, and Ranger Asset Management, a real-estate investment firm. He previously ran Harrison-based and family-owned Castle Oil Corp. as Executive VP of strategy and operations. After law school, he served as an environmental litigator at the U.S. Department of Justice. He recently co-chaired the County Executive’s Transition Committee on Economic Development and enjoys strong ties to the local business community. He holds degrees from Tufts University, Michigan Law School and the London School of Economics.