Author: janelle mendez

White Gate Condo Updates: Parking & Painting Policy


We want your car paint free.
We want you to avoid a $400.00 tow bill
Please keep in mind to park our cars away from the building during the duration of the painting.
For those that need special accommodations please let us know and we will work with the paint company to address it.

The next building getting painted it building 3, then 5, then 7 and 9.
Building 8 will be last for 2017 because they are getting their roof repaired first.

Please work together and be aware of the unusual parking arrangements during this time. Your compliance will help speed up the process and protect everyone from injury or property damage.

Thank you!

Janelle Marina Mendez App

We are excited to announce the release of Janelle’s new app.

Her app includes:
YourVoice Poll – You can now voice your opinion on local issues
Website Access – You can go to Janelle’s website for updates
Blog Access – You can now access ALL newsletters directly from the app!
Local News – You can access Poughkeepsie Journal News directly inside the app!

Check it out:Janelle Marina Mendez’s App

Thanks for the ongoing support!


5 Things I Learned About Becoming A Leader

1. You have to believe in yourself

I have failed at just about everything, I tried my first time. It was only writing down my mistakes and changing my actions that success entered my life. This held true when I was in the Military, when I went in to Finance and when I entered Politics. I’m only 27 so I’m sure I’ll have more failures to deal with. Know in your heart you’ll get it right and you will succeed. You deserve that.

2. Failure is Training

I don’t know why people think failure is bad. Sure it hurts, I’ve fallen so many times and cried but I have always grown and learned. Essentially, failure and pain help to develop something in you. I struggled with self worth for a while and my life changed when I confronted my pained and finally learned from my failure. My dreams started coming true so I know yours can too.

3. Vulnerability Creates a Secure Bond

It bonds your team together in the way Elmer’s Glue and paper bond. I am a Financial Advisor and opening up about my own struggles in my career and talking about my mistakes in life, fostered an environment where my team members came to me to learn and connect on a regular basis. Their motivation levels are higher than I’ve ever seen. It’s the hardest skill I’ve ever developed in myself but it is certainly the most rewarding. My only regret is that I learned this at 26 and not sooner.

4. Authenticity is Rare & Respected

I wish I learned this earlier as well. I started in Finance when I left the Marine Corps. I was young & insecure. A lot of my career was spent trying to be perfect. I hindered my own team relationships because of it. Learning from this not only changed my worldview but allowed me to feel safe to connect and to communicate more openly about what challenges are like in my job role. My team mates filled in my own skills gaps and were thankful for my honesty because now they knew how to contribute to my success and they felt valued in return.

5. Self Love Inspires Those You Lead

Crazy thought, right? Achieving self love is the hardest tasks, I have ever faced. Through experiencing my own darkness and acknowledging the light inside myself, I changed. I realized, I deserve to chase my dreams. If pain is going to happen either way, I’d rather tie it to purpose and painfully go after a dream than feel pain with no meaning. In communicating this with my team, they gave me the gift of loyalty and support. I am so grateful for that.

One day you wake up and realize you developed in to the leader you aspired to be. That’s a great milestone in life. Everyone around you will appreciate your efforts and want to help you develop. It really is a beautiful gift.


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Happy Mother’s Day: Acts of Valor & an Announcement

This year, in this election, we are called to reaffirm our values, we hold them against a hard reality and see how we are measuring up, to the legacy of our grandmothers, mothers, and the promise of future generations for our daughters & sons. Today is Mother’s Day. The day we celebrate the very women who gave us life. We are thankful for the opportunity to experience all of life, the good and the bad. The sense of duality that teaches us to discover the light in ourselves.

We are honoring the light that gives this world so much joy, happiness and purpose. On days like today we think about women like Susan B. Anthony who went to jail for our right to vote or Elizabeth Cady Staton who led the Seneca Falls Convention. Maybe you think about Sojourner Truth & Harriet Tubman who risked their lives freeing people from slavery. I tend to think about Rosa Parks and her ability to stand up to poorly inherited traditions.

When I think about all of these women, I admire their courage. Their heart and their acts of valor in the face of danger to propel society forward for future generations. Through my gratitude for life and surrender to courage, I have committed to following in their footsteps for a journey, I believe will change America.

Today, I announce my run for the Town of Wappinger Councilwoman position for ward 2. It is with great humbleness that I ask for both our support and your vote. Lets inspire a generation of leaders to STAND UP and EMERGE from the darkness and let our lights SHINE! Please contribute, volunteer and vote for our campaign. Sign up now for our newsletter!

With Many Thanks! Happy Mother’s Day,

Hudson Valley VA Empowerment

We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us are defending the United States of America. What we have already accomplished gives us hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. Filling the gap between where we are today and the dream of a more perfect world is where we must align our vision and our actions. It is with profound gratitude and great humility, I am running for town councilwoman. America has been talking about our oil addiction for the last thirty years. Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes a Muslim woman should wear or allowing Christians the right to protect their rights as well. These values transfer to how we need to raise our standards and treat Veterans. Americans need to support Veterans by ensuring and expanding mental and emotional health services for those who so bravely served our country.

I know and I understand the importance of the VA and the value it brings to Veterans in our Community. You see, when I separated from the Marine Corps. and settled in Wappingers Falls, New York. I was not only scared, feeling anxiety but also depressed and alone. My negative emotions were so profound that I contemplated suicide and giving up on life. I felt like the world was this painful burden that was just too much to handle. It was at the peak of my pain and in the pond of my tears that I called the VA and asked for help. I went to mental health and I began a long journey of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). While it was hard, learning how to feel and process my emotions were this foreign experience that surfaced fear and anxiety. In time, those feeling passed and this new and beautiful worldview emerged within me. I felt hope for the first time in my life.

At the time, I didn’t know where I would be today in my life. As I am sitting here writing to you about some of my deepest pains, I hope you can see why I am motivated to protect and support others in my position. I believe in the importance of gratitude. I believe that serving God starts with showing gratitude through actions. I am running for the town board to serve our community so that I can express my gratitude. It is through sharing my story and representing the needs of both male and female veterans my heart remains connected to those I share such an impactful story with.

Thank you, and God bless America.