Here are some highlights of last night’s reorganizational meeting of the Orangetown Town Board.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Nancy Low-Hogan, who was sworn in as a member of the Orangetown Town Board last night, promised to hold monthly meetings with the community to talk about town issues.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Michael Maturo, a 23-year-old from Sparkill, was also sworn in as a Town Board member. Interestingly, he started his speech by remarking on the great diversity in the room, even though he was more or less talking to a room of white people. Elaborating, he mentioned the diversity in ages and that fact that people came from all parts of town for the meeting.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Justice Paul Phinney used his swearing in to make another plea for his department. He thanked his staff, who he said worked day and night and through the lunch hour. He estimated that his office was 20 to 40 percent understaffed, but his pleas went unheard during budget time, when the Town Board cut funding to his office.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Denis Troy joked about his status as the board’s last-standing Republican, but after the meeting said he was not worried about the board’s new 4-1 Democratic majority. His only concern was that Supervisor Thom Kleiner would use the pulpit to push liberal-agenda items such as Indian Point and climate change, which Troy said had as much to do with the town as the man in the moon. Kleiner, of course, disagrees.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Kleiner gave a predictable State of the Town address, where he talked about ongoing development, senior housing and traffic calming. He also offered examples where the town could help the improve the environment, such as reducing its energy use.
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