About Damon Maher

Former County Legislator. I was honored to represent Eastchester, Tuckahoe, and New Rochelle for six years.

I will continue my community work to:
  • Improve our public safety by taking proven approaches to reducing harm to our community, including trained mental health response, increased youth activities and employment, improved street lighting, and accountability rules that are fair to civilians and police alike.
  • Enhance our community’s affordability¬†by creating more housing for owners and renters at varied and affordable price points while protecting the beauty of historic neighborhoods and preserving the flavor of colorful ethnic enclaves. New Rochelle needs more affordable housing so our children can live here–we don’t just need more luxury apartments and condos.
  • Strengthen our resiliency and environment¬†by prioritizing flood mitigation, increasing community greenspace, implementing a composting program, increasing bike and pedestrian safety, and doing our part to reduce global warming on a local and national level.

Damon’s Record As County Legislator

  • Expanded funding for childcare programs, supporting working families and ensuring access to quality care for children.
  • Implemented a ban on gun shows, prioritizing public safety and taking steps to reduce the proliferation of firearms.
  • Significantly increased funding for affordable housing initiatives and ensured renters have a right to counsel in cases of eviction, which has been shown to significantly reduce eviction and homelessness by deterring frivolous eviction cases.
  • Reduced county property taxes to a 10-year low, providing relief to residents and businesses.
  • Demonstrated a commitment to transparency and accountability in governance with 24/7 service to constituents. As a vigilant vice chair of budget and appropriations, Damon held every county department answerable for their expenditure of taxpayer funds.
  • Fostered collaboration with community stakeholders and engaged in active outreach and communication efforts to ensure that citizens’ voices were heard and considered in budgeting and decision-making processes and worked towards creating a more inclusive and equitable community for all residents.
  • Provided oversight and guided funding and policy to improve Westchester’s parks, roads, housing, childcare, and public safety.

About Damon

Damon Maher and FamilyAfter six rewarding and productive years as County Legislator, Damon Maher will continue his engagement and real work for the community.

As Legislator, Damon helped to enact laws, policies, and budgetary appropriations that made big improvements for his constituents. Damon worked hard to increase equitable availability of housing for all demographics, protect low wage workers and immigrants, reduce access to guns, improve roads, bridges, and wastewater recovery facilities, and increase investment in quality daycare, and provide for those most impacted by the pandemic.

Damon’s priorities continue to include more affordable housing and more accountability to make sure developers meet community needs, including exploring creative solutions to improve downtown parking. He will fight for real environmental solutions including flood mitigation programs, food waste composting, and bike and pedestrian safety. As Legislator serving on the Budget Committee, Damon has always been committed to maximizing our precious county resources for residents in Eastchester and New Rochelle. Damon is focused on taking measures to make public safety a reality for all residents!

Damon is a lifelong Westchester County resident, born in Yonkers, and has lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, West Harrison, Larchmont and, since 1994, New Rochelle. He is a managing partner in a small law firm that concentrates on employee rights and civil litigation.

Valedictorian of his class at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, Damon received his B.A. from Yale College, and his J.D. from Fordham Law School, where he was a member of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, before being admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts. As a lawyer, he has been active in the Commercial Law League of America and the New York Democratic Lawyers Council.

He has been active for many years in local volunteer organizations, serving on the Boards of the New Rochelle Bar Association, NewRo Runners, New Rochelle Public Library (as Trustee), Westchester Foster & Adoptive Families, and Youth Soccer of New Rochelle Travel Division, which he also served for many years as a successful coach.

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