1st elected female town supervisor in Rockland says she’ll bring unique perspective to job

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Women are making new strides in Rockland and breaking barriers when it comes to centuries of political history.

The list of town supervisors in Rockland County is long - and all men until now.

Teresa Kenny won the seat of Orangetown town supervisor Tuesday over Thom Kleiner. The victory makes her the first female town supervisor in the history of Rockland.

“I think there's another glass ceiling. Every time one gets broken,” says Kenny.

 Kenny, who has been deputy town attorney for over two decades, says she never ran to shatter ceilings.

 “My 23 years’ experience in the town. And I'm a real estate attorney in my private practice. And there is a lot of issue with real estate, so those two things made me uniquely qualified. It had nothing to do with being a woman,” she says.

 Now that she's got the seat, the Republican says she thinks she can bring an advantage as a female leader.

“I hate to say we're more empathetic or compassionate than men, but it just brings another perspective to the job,” says Kenny.

 As to the all-boys club Kenny is about to join Jan. 1, she says she's ready for admission.

 “I know them all, I've worked with them in a professional capacity before. So I don't think there's going to be any challenge I can't handle,” she says.

Kenny's opponent Kliener told News 12 by phone that Kenny's ascendancy to be the first female town supervisor in the county is "long overdue."

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