Mike Breen launched his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Yonkers City Council’s Fifth District race on Saturday.
Breen seeks to replace outgoing Councilman John Murtagh, a Republican who is term-limited and working on a mayoral run to replace outgoing Republican Mayor Phil Amicone.
Breen, 57, is the owner of Pondfield Trip Service, an airport shuttle service that he’s operated for about 30 years. He is married to Patricia Breen, a well-known local real estate agent and the couple have four adult children, with the youngest in college.
Breen has lived in Yonkers for 27 years and his civic involvement includes service on the Westchester County Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Yonkers 55+ board and the Yonkers Republican City Committee, among other groups.
Breen, who has never held elective office, said his run is the product of his community work.
“It’s something I always wanted to do. I think I can bring something to the plate,” he said.
Breen said one of his concerns if elected will be balancing the need for fiscal austerity with a maintenance of city services.
On development, Breen praised the redevelopment of the Cross County Shopping Center.
“That’s a perfect example of something that’s working,” he said.
The biggest challenges facing the Fifth District, he said, are rising property taxes and development along Central Park Avenue.
“Some of the civic groups are concerned about the neighborhoods not being infringed upon,” he said.
Breen also praised Murtagh’s representation of the Fifth District.
“I’d want to be in touch with the people of the district and know their concerns. I think he’s done a good job,” he said.
Voters can contact Breen’s campaign through www.breen2011.com or firstname.lastname@example.org