Doctor seeks to use his health care history to help village

November 1, 2021

By Rick Pezzullo –

Ida Doctor has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 50 years and would like to use this vast experience to offer assistance to residents if she is elected to a two year term on the Tarrytown Board of Directors tomorrow, November 2.

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The Doctor, a Tarrytown resident for 42 years, is showing up for the first time on the line of the Village Alliance Party, led by mayoral candidate and longtime administrator Doug Zollo.

“Bringing in new ideas is important for the village,” the doctor said at a League of Women Voters Zoom forum on October 17. “I would like to give the residents a voice on the issues at hand.”

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Doctor earned a BSN from Cornell University and went on to earn an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. She spent 15 years as a Senior Director of Risk Management at Westchester Medical Center Health Network, where she worked closely with external legal firms and was involved in purchasing insurance for the medical center and its northern branches. She was also responsible for following up on malpractice claims.

The doctor recently retired from Westchester Medical Center and works part-time at Jacobi Medical Center and is a consultant for a national law firm.

She has been an active member of Temple Beth Abraham since she moved to Tarrytown in 1979; 20-year board member of the Children’s Dream Foundation, an organization created to improve the quality of pediatric emergency care in the Hudson Valley; and a volunteer with Support Connection, a support group for women diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

The doctor said one of his goals would be to develop a program with Phelps and other health centers in the area specifically to help people in the village.

Another area the Doctor said she would focus on is the increase in traffic jams in Tarrytown, which she says would only get worse after Edge-on-Hudson at Sleepy Hollow is finished.

“I am very concerned about the traffic. It really has become a problem, ”she said. “I think Tarrytown has been a real destination for a lot of people. Some of the developments on the river will also improve some of the problems we have in Tarrytown. “

She also said the H-Bridge was “an accident waiting to happen” and opposed building new homes by the river.

Asked about the town center and the empty storefronts, the doctor maintained that the village was “taken hostage” by the owner.

“He hasn’t been very flexible on how to handle those empty storefronts,” she said, referring to a North Broadway real estate owner. “It really has become a horror for Tarrytown and a distraction.”

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