As Mayor of the Village of Pelham Manor, Jennifer has promoted fiscal responsibility, while spearheading communication, staffing and sustainability initiatives. During her tenure, Pelham Manor has remained New York State tax cap compliant and debt free. The Village boasts a low fiscal stress score and has received a favorable rating from the New York State Comptroller.
Jennifer is committed to Pelham Manor’s wide range of environmentally responsible programs and sustainability initiatives. The Village operates robust organic waste and recycling programs and entered into an inter-municipal agreement for food scraps recycling with the Village of Pelham. She works closely with the Village administration and service departments on Village matters. Jennifer also regularly represents Pelham Manor with constituents and outside agencies at all levels.
Born and raised in Pelham Manor, Jennifer is General Counsel for a privately held company in Westchester County. She graduated from Pelham Memorial High School with high honors. Jennifer attended Smith College and St. John’s University School of Law, where she earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing.
Since returning to the community, Jennifer has held a variety of leadership positions, serving as Chair of the Pelham Preservation & Garden Society, President of the Pelham Country Club, Sustainer Representative to the Junior League of Pelham Board, Co-Chair of the Pelham Manor Citizens’ Advisory Committee and a member of the Siwanoy School Site-Based Council. In 2017, State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the Town of Pelham honored Jennifer as a Woman of Distinction for her civic engagement, her commitment to open government and her sound financial management of several organizations.
Jennifer is married to Ian Lapey and is the mother of Paul (22), Catherine (19), and a rescue dog named Tommy. She is an avid tennis player, competing at the USTA 4.5 level. She was inducted into the Smith College Athletics Hall of Fame, along with her varsity teammates.