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Meet Francesca

Mother, teacher, and community organizer

Local Election Voting information

Voting begins 10/23

Why I'm Running

It is my conviction that a Town Board can only be effective if it is a balanced Board. A Town Board should be able to define problems, debate solutions and arrive at a consensus. If a Town Board is not balanced, it risks becoming insulated from the diverse population of the Town and solutions become rubber-stamps. As a Mount Pleasant Town Board member, it is my intent to bring that balance by honoring tradition and embracing diversity.

"Even a small community

can make a

big difference"

Simone Staley

Francesca Hagadus McHale at Pleasantville, New York Metro North station

About Francesca

I was born in the United States and moved to Mexico with my family when I was six years old. My father went to medical school in Mexico City. I attended the French school in Mexico until age eleven when we returned to the USA. I finished middle school at Pocantico Hills School in Mount Pleasant, which, at the time, fed into Sleepy Hollow High School. My parents moved to Bedford after my father's Residency at Westchester medical Center, so I graduated from Marymount Secondary School in Tarrytown. I went on to Georgetown University where I studied Languages and Linguistics. I lived and traveled all over the world and came back to Westchester to start teaching French and Spanish in Chappaqua in 1982. I taught there for 32 years, before retiring and teaching as a long-term leave replacement all over Westchester County. My husband and I bought our home in Pleasantville in 1993 when my oldest son, Timothy, was born. We have raised him in Pleasantville alongside his younger brother Thomas whom we adopted from Poland in 1999.
I have always been an activist, supporting human rights and justice. My mother, survived the Holocaust but lost everything, as a teenager. She taught me how to analyze situations and character, and how to inspire others to do good, despite the darkness that  life sometimes reveals. I have brought that to my teaching and my political life. I ask myself, what is the next right thing to do, and how I can continue to bring it forward.

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Francesca Hagadus with Briarcliff Sustainability
Francesca Hagadus-McHale and Governer Kathy Hochul

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