The Pound Ridge Town Board met for its annual organizational meeting Jan. 5 to ring in the new year.

During this meeting, town board members approved the supervisor’s appointments and assigned special advisers to the supervisor and town board. The supervisor also appointed members and chairs to new terms on the town’s boards and commissions and named the town board liaisons to those boards and commissions.

Aside from a few adjustments, many of the appointments remain unchanged from the previous year. 

Les Maron was reappointed as deputy supervisor, Nicole Engel was reappointed as chief of staff to the supervisor and Steve Conti will continue as director of finance.

Supervisor Kevin Hansan will take over as the director of the Office of Emergency Management, a position filled by Ms. Engel in 2020, while Gary Warshauer will stay on as the OEM deputy director.

Mr. Hansan announced the following appointments of special advisors to the supervisor and the town board: Mr. Maron as advisor for the East of Hudson Watershed; Elyse Arnow and Bill Harding as co-advisors for environmental initiatives; Harvey Dann as insurance advisor; Councilman Dan Paschkes as the New Dawn representative; Councilwoman Carla Brand as advisor to Sustainable Westchester; Councilwoman Alison Boak as the Transportation Enhancement Project and Water Wastewater representative; Councilor Diane Briggs as advisor on wireless communications; and Police Chief David Ryan as Westchester EMS representative.

Mr. Hansan will continue as advisor to the Bedford Central School District, the Fire District, the Pound Ridge Library Board of Trustees and Westchester County Shared Services.

The town board also approved the following liaison responsibilities for 2021:

Ms. Brand will continue to audit the bills and serve as liaison to the conservation board, Energy Action Committee and the planning board. She will also serve as liaison to the newly formed Old Pound Road Committee. 

Ms. Briggs will serve as liaison to the Economic Development Committee and the Recreation Commission.

Mr. Paschkes will serve as liaison to the Landmarks and Historic District Commission, Open Space Acquisitions Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ms. Boak will share the role of liaison to the Criminal Justice Reform and Reinvention Committee with Chief Ryan in addition to serving as liaison to the Housing Board, Highway Department and Maintenance Department. 

Mr. Maron will serve as liaison to the Drug Abuse Prevention Council and Water Control Commission. 

Mr. Hansan will be the liaison to the Pound Ridge Police Department. 

Liaison positions for the Board of Assessment Review and Board of Ethics were left vacant, as they were last year.

The board reappointed William Harrington as town attorney, and Jon Loveless as deputy attorney; Edward Condon as town historian; Erin Trostle as registrar of vital statistics; Mr. Conti as office manager and IT manager; Joan Dooley as animal control officer; and Vinny Duffield as cemetery commissioner.

The board also approved the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Board of Assessment Review — Robert Benjamin (chair).

Conservation Board — Ellen Grogan (chair) and Bob Siegel (vice-chair).

Drug Abuse Prevention Council — Barbara Carbone (chair).

Economic Development Committee — Ms. Briggs (chair); Mary Anne Condon, Ted Dixon, Jill Faber, Susan Grissom, Chris Hayes, Marianne Hoffman, Gayle Martin, and Rebecca Wing.

Energy Action Committee — Michele Rudolph (chair).

Housing Board — Toni Nagel-Smith (co-chair) and Melinda Avellino (co-chair).

Landmarks and Historic District Commission — Carol Cioppa (chair).

Open Space Acquisitions Committee — Ms. Arnow (chair).

Planning Board — Ms. Rudolph (chair).

Recreation Commission — Rich Wetchler (chair).

Water Control Commission — Bill Bedford (chair).

Zoning Board of Appeals — Tom Smith (chair).

The Record-Review was named the official newspaper again, a title it has held since 1997.

Jackie covers town government, business, culture, and community happenings in Pound Ridge, as well as the Bedford Central School District. You can send tips and dog photos to her at

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