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Planning Board Chairman Not Re-appointed

Updated December 16, 2015
Last week, Art Adelman, Chairman of North Castle’s Planning Board, met with Supervisor Michael Schiliro and was advised that he would not be re-appointed to the Planning Board.

Adelman was initially appointed to the Planning Board by Jack Lombardi's administration in 2000. Adelman was then again appointed by Howard Arden's administration. This year will mark the end of Adelman’s 12 years of service on the Planning Board.

At the December 9 Town Board's executive session, Schiliro said the Town Board would review several personnel and volunteer positions.

Then at a private meeting on December 12, Adelman said Schiliro advised him that the Town Board is trying to recruit younger people to serve on the various volunteer town boards.

Schiliro said that age was not a factor in the Town Board's decision as they discussed several recent appointments where the age of the interested candidates was irrelevant.

The climate in our Town has changed over the last few years, Schiliro says. He is embracing this newfound willingness of people to serve, especially people who have not been engaged in Town affairs to a large extent.

“Residents are once again more willing to volunteer. They are not afraid of putting themselves out there and are willing to offer their professional skill sets, especially in serving on boards like the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), and Architectural Review Board (ARB), etc."

Although Adelman said he would have been happy to continue to serve as Chairman of the Planning Board for a new five-year term, he understands, appreciates and supports Schiliro’s objective. “Though it has been my experience in the many and various volunteer positions that younger people understandably have little time for volunteer service on Town boards as their time is taken up with building their careers, attending to their children’s activities where they volunteer, if at all, and in many cases, time-consuming commuting to/from NYC for work.”

Adelman served as a volunteer of several organizations over his 41-year residency in Armonk. He was Scoutmaster of Armonk Troop 2; Treasurer of the Friends of the North Castle Public Library, Inc.; initiator of Armonk’s soccer program 41 years ago before the arrival of AYSO; and founder and manager of Armonk SeniorNet.

Planning Board members typically serve a five-year term and as all town advisory volunteer boards, appointments are at the discretion of the Town Board. In January 2015, Schiliro re-appointed Adelman for a one-year term to replace the last year of Guy Mezzancello’s term as he vacated the seat when he was elected as town councilman in a special election.

Adelman wished the four remaining Planning Board members well as they carry out the responsibilities and service working with Planning Board applicants and their professional representatives - architects, attorneys, and engineers. He added that he will miss the comradeship they enjoyed together while accomplishing the important work of the Planning Board.

Adelman expressed his appreciation from the Town employees who work with the Planning Board: Adam Kaufman, Planning Director, Valerie Desimone, Planning Board secretary; and Roland Baroni, Town Attorney. He also gave recognition to the engineering consultants at Kellard Sessions and the other town boards which are involved in land use: the Conservation Board, the ARB and the ZBA.