Meet Nancy Barr! | Rye & Rye Brook Moms

This month’s Meet a Mom is our Westchester County Legislator! Take a moment and learn more about the personal side of Nancy!

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I was born in Queens, grew up on Long Island, and moved to Rye Brook in 1996.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
My son Zachary is 25 and my daughter Leah is 22.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
Well, I just put this on facebook the other day, but I earned my black belt in Tae Kwon Do when I was 50.  My kids took it for many years and both became black belts and I really liked the program because I liked the values it taught as well as the physical challenges.  So at some point I decided to try and my friend Jackie whose kids had also earned black belts did it with me.  It took about 5 years — maybe 6 — but we did it!  It was one of my proudest accomplishments.

Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
There are lots of people.  Certainly my husband Tom.  He has been a real partner on this journey.  But I really want to thank my friends too.  I have made some fantastic friends in Rye Brook and that has made such a difference.  And of course my parents and Tom’s parents and our siblings, all of whom have helped out over the years.  It really does take a village.

Favorite things to do with your kids?
Two favorite family activities are perfect for the covid era — playing board games and hiking.  We have about 100 board games in our basement!  The other two — eating out and visiting extended family (both our families are close-knit) are not great covid-era activities.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
Right now I devote most of my time to being a Westchester County Legislator.  It is supposed to be a “part time” job, but I treat it as more of a full time position.  Although this is something I never considered doing prior to 2017 when I first ran, I feel like everything I have done in my life has led me to this.  I have always wanted to do something meaningful with my life, and I have satisfied that desire by volunteering in the community.  That also led me to go to law school at age 29, but I did not find the practice of law to be particularly satisfying.  After taking many years off to raise my family, I became increasingly involved in the school community and eventually served on the school board for 6 years. So when the
opportunity arose to run for Westchester County Legislator I felt ready for the challenge.

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
That’s easy.  I would not be where I am today without the support of the community, including the amazing friends I referred to earlier.  I got to know many community members through my work on the school board.  It enabled me to meet people of all ages, not just the ones who had kids in the same grades, as so often happens when raising kids.  That was a big help when I ran for the County position because people already identified me as someone who was fair and reasonable and worked hard.  I also knew people in neighboring Port Chester through my many years of volunteer work. But I would not have run, nor could I have won, without the incredible support of my closest Rye Brook friends and a couple of new Harrison and Port Chester friends who believed in me and put all of their skills together — marketing, media, sales, writing, number crunching, fundraising, canvassing and more — to create a sort of “dream team.”

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