Somers, Bedford, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Lewisboro, Pound Ridge
Alan Cole represents Legislative District 2 on the Westchester Board of Legislators. This district includes the northeast portion of Westchester County and contains the Village of Mount Kisco and the Towns of Pound Ridge, Bedford, Lewisboro, North Salem, and a small part of Somers.
He serves on five Committees: Budget and Appropriations; Public Safety; Infrastructure; Environment & Energy; and Labor, Parks, Planning and Housing.
He was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Legislator Peter Harckham resigned in June of 2015 to take a position in the Community Renewal organization of the Cuomo Administration. Such an appointment, by County Charter, may only be made to someone who is not a candidate for the seat in the upcoming election, and lasts only until the winner of that election on November 3rd is certified by the Board of Elections. Although the appointment is only temporary, Cole aspires to fill the huge gap left by Legislator Harckham's departure and actively represent the interests of the residents of District 2, and of Westchester County as a whole.
Cole is a retired 34+ year employee of the IBM Research Division, working variously in Yorktown Heights and Hawthorne, New York. He worked as a software developer, initially in the IBM automatic speech recognition project, and later was involved in research on location-based technologies and applications for mobile commerce.
Cole has been involved in his local Lewisboro Democratic Committee for more than 25 years, and currently serves as its co-chair. In this role, he has been active in numerous political campaigns over the years. He is currently a member of Lewisboro's Antenna Advisory Board, and is a participant in a number of volunteer or civic organizations, including Westchester County’s RideConnect, providing cost-effective transportation options to meet the needs of older adults, the disabled and home health professionals in Westchester County, NY.
Cole was born and raised in Michigan, received the A.B. degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and received M.A. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer and Communications Sciences from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also served as a Research Assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, after which he moved to New York in 1976 to take the position with IBM. He is married, is an enthusiastic cyclist, and loves to spend time at the family's summer "camp" in New York's Adirondack Mountains.