By: Progress for WHB
New Protocol Adopted
Mayor Moore has adopted a new and welcome protocol for meetings of the Board of Trustees. As in the past, the prepared agenda is available on the village website and is also distributed at the meeting. The difference is that this agenda is now complete with the language of the resolutions to be acted upon. Until now the village agenda had been mostly cryptic shorthand. This is a good step in the direction of more transparent governance. (Something that has been in every piece of campaign literature since time out of mind.)
Under the administration of Mayor Moore, the village will have the entire law firm of Esseks, Hefter & Angel, LLP to provide legal counsel. The legal services will be provided to the village at the same cost as had been provided by solo practitioners in the past. With an entire firm serving as counsel, the village will have a depth and breadth of the firm’s experience to draw upon as the village meets varied legal challenges, those that are expected as well as the unexpected. The primary attorneys to serve the village from the firm will be Stephen R. Angel, Esq. and Anthony C. Pasca, Esq.
Richard Haefeli will continue as counsel on current litigation that he has been handling for the village. The Mayor expressed thanks for Mr. Haefeli’s service to the village over the years.
Elizabeth Lindvit was appointed to another two year term as the Village Clerk / Treasurer. Ms. Lindvit, with her long experience in village hall, will provide important continuity for both village employees and our residents.
Jeannine Conte was reappointed as Deputy Village Clerk / Treasurer and is expected to provide the excellent service to the village she has in the past.
Victor Levy is currently serving as the chairman of the Planning Board, but between the busy schedules of both Mr. Levy and the Mayor, they have traded telephone calls, but have not been able to meet. Mr. Levy will continue as chairman as a holdover pending reappointment. Mr. Levy spoke with the Mayor after the meeting to arrange a time to meet with her in the coming week.
Ralph Neubauer was appointed to serve a five year term as a member of the Planning Board. Ralph has served on the Planning Board previously and is ready to serve again. Ralph will fill the seat of George Lawrence who has served the village with distinction. We wish George and his wife Maureen well.
Gerard Piering was reappointed to serve as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Piering conducts meetings with a temperament that is respectful of applicants before the ZBA and his continued chairmanship is welcome.
John Musnicki was reappointed to another five year term as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals. Mr. Musnicki enjoys the support of his colleagues on the ZBA and will continue to be part of a strong team.
Gregory Minasian was reappointed as chairman of the Architectural Review Board. Mr. Minasian has led the ARB successfully and he has agreed to continue to serve.
Andrea Kaloustian was reappointed to another five year term as a member of the Architectural Review Board. Ms. Kaloustian has agreed to continue to serve the village and we are thankful to have her talents at our disposal.
Anthony Rattoballi, Esq. was re-appointed as Special Assistant District Attorney for the purposes of prosecuting village code violations. Mr. Rattoballi is expected to provide excellent service in the prosecution of village code violations under a policy that is directed towards obtaining compliance with village laws, while fostering a cooperative relationship between village government and both merchants and residents.