Catherine Parker, a former Rye City Councilwoman was sworn in last night as a member of the County Board of Legislators. She will be representing the county’s 7th Legislative District, which includes the Town of Mamaroneck, Village of Larchmont and a portion of the City of Rye. Parker’s predecessor was Judy Meyers who has retired.
“I thank all of the residents of the Seventh District for bestowing me with the privilege to serve them,” said Parker. “My experience in public life has taught me that party politics sometimes unnecessarily distracts us from our common purpose. We are at our better when we work together; and we are at our best when we do so with respect for one another.”
Parker added, “The challenges ahead are significant, and it’s important that we make real progress on a number of important issues, like lessening the tax burden on residents and business owners, protecting our environment and making proper investments in infrastructure improvements, including flood mitigation. I’m excited about working with all of my colleagues on the Board of Legislators in order to strengthen our communities for the future.”
Parker was instrumental in re-establishing the Rye Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and served as its president. In 2003, Parker worked to reinvent a local chapter of the League of Women Voters, and served as the group’s president for four years. Art is significant, to Parker, who also serves on the advisory board for the Rye Arts Center.
Parker resides in Rye with her husband David Walker and two children, Julia and Aidan. Parker has also owned and operated a travel store in downtown Rye, for over 15 years, which sells clothing and luggage.
Parker’s ties to the Rye community includes: being a member of the Rye Presbyterian Church, Rye Lions Club, and Rye Middle School Parent's Teachers Association.