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Councilman Richard Payne has been downtown White Plains resident since 2007 where he lives with his wife Lauren, herself a graduate of White Plains Public Schools.
Rich follows a long history of public service as a proud 3rd generation elected official and spent 20 years as a civic emergency services volunteer, spending many dedicated years as an active firefighter and ambulance corps member.
Prior to being elected to the Common Council, Rich was an appointed member of the White Plains Planning Board, the Downtown Transit District Task Force, and helped shepherd Lime Bike, the city’s bike-share program, onto our streets. Rich also helped launch the Downtown White Plains Criterium, a Pro/Am charity bicycle race held for five consecutive years on closed downtown streets that brought hundreds of cyclists to our city each year. Rich has been a member of the Westchester Cycle Club for over a decade, and has logged over 30,000 miles cycling in and around Westchester.
A graduate of Manhattanville College, Rich previously enjoyed a successful and exciting career as a ship’s captain piloting merchant vessels as well as high speed ferries in New York Harbor and the neighboring Atlantic Ocean. Rich currently holds an FAA Part 107 Pilot’s license and is actively flying for municipalities and government agencies in Rhode Island as a hobby.