|Name||Peter B. Harckham|
|Address||54 Lake Kitchawan |
South Salem, New York , United States
Aug 08, 2018 10:21pm
|Info||Peter Harckham was elected in November 2007 to represent the 2nd District, which comprises all of northeast Westchester. He serves on six committees, including Budget & Appropriations, Legislation, Government Operations, Environment & Energy, Public Safety & Security and the Special Committee on Internal Controls and Procedures. He also is a member of the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. |
Pete has focused extensive energy into protecting the fragile drinking water supplies that serve both the people of northern Westchester and the New York City watershed. He is the founding Chair of the Board of Legislators Septic Sub Committee of the Committee on Environment and Energy. The Septic Sub Committee is comprised of stakeholders in the formulation of septic policy. He is leading critical negotiations between the County, municipalities, NY State and NY City regarding formulation and implementation of new MS4 Septic requirements. He also successfully led the effort to release $10M of NYC DEP funds to the Town of North Salem for badly needed sewers for Peach Lake to replace failing septic systems that were threatening the NYC drinking supply.
Before being elected to the BOL, as President of A-HOME (2004 to 2007), a not for profit housing corporation that builds affordable housing in northern Westchester, Pete was a vocal advocate for creating affordable housing. He reached across party lines to work with local, county and state officials to secure funding for affordable housing, as well as to raise awareness and building bipartisan, grass roots support for affordable housing in Westchester. During Pete’s tenure, A-HOME’s fundraising dramatically increased, management systems improved and corporate communications professionalized. New affordable units were constructed in Croton Falls, Bedford Hills, Chappaqua, and most recently, twelve units of senior housing have been developed for the Town of Pound Ridge. He also helped to secure the donation of a four-acre parcel of land for first responder housing in Lewisboro.
From 1992 to 2005, Pete served as Vice Chair of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, a San Francisco based private foundation that supports the sustainable management of natural resources, the reduction of harmful toxins from the environment, and promotes arts and environmental education.
Pete has been a communications professional since 1983 when he started his career on Madison Avenue and worked for ten years for major advertising agencies. Today he is President of Harckham Media Group, LLC, a strategic partnership of advertising, communications and production professionals. With his wife Janet, a member of the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board, he owns and manages K&E Farms, a small horse farm in Katonah, NY. Together, Pete & Janet are ardent fundraisers and contributors for several area non-profit organizations, including donating conservation easements from their farm to the Westchester Land Trust. They have also converted their residence and farm to solar power.
In addition to his professional work, Pete serves on the Presidents Council for the Northern Westchester Hospital, the ALOFT Livable Communities Council, volunteers with the Increase Miller PTA, the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY, and is a girl’s soccer coach for the Lewisboro Soccer Club.
Pete has been a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, having grown up in New City in Rockland County. Pete and Janet moved to Katonah in 1991. Together they have two daughters, Emma aged 14 & Kate aged 10 who attend the Katonah-Lewisboro public schools.