"The town's abuzz," one Sea Cliffian remarked about the extraordinary turnout to welcome Bruce Kennedy as the village's new mayor. Kennedy won the election held on March 18 and was officially sworn in by Village Justice John Reali at the public meeting on April 6.
Bruce Kennedy has been sworn in as mayor of Sea Cliff Village.
Many Sea Cliffians say they regard him as the vehicle for change in what they refer to as "the village of 'no.'"
Kennedy remarked in his first speech as mayor, "The age of apprehension has run a long enough reign. People asked for change...and for their voices to be heard...I think their voices were heard. I ask you to envision a Sea Cliff that is better...the people of Sea Cliff have entrusted me to guide us through the difficult times we face."
Joining Kennedy as newly elected officials are Carol Vogt and Tom Murphy who will serve on the village board and ran on the Civic Progress Party ticket. Trustee Waechter and Deputy Mayor Bob Haim both vacated their positions on the board to make way for the newcomers.
Kennedy appointed Dan Maddock as village administrator and village assessor for a one-year term, Marianne Lennon as village clerk and treasurer for a two-year term, Brian Stolar as the village attorney and Paul Barroca as superintendent of buildings for one year. Also appointed for one-year terms were Patricia Guy, deputy village clerk; Kathy Mackney, court clerk; Barbara Murray, deputy court clerk; Paula Guidone, deputy village treasurer; Karen Schenck, tax clerk; Nandy Eder, building department coordinator; Carl Rumatoski, fire prevention officer and plumbing inspector; Fred Lauria, building inspector; Ann Koppel, beach manager; Lenny Kaplan, Section 8 administrator and Susan Katz Richman, acting village justice.
Kennedy thanked John Nagy for serving on the Sea Cliff Village Planning Board for 20 years and Ray Rogers for his 20-year dedication on the Architectural Review Board as well as Larry Gordon for his 17 years of service on it. Tom Powell also received words of gratitude for serving as a member for 10 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals and David Scheffel for four.
Additional appointments include: Meaghan Capobianco, Donald Kavanagh, James Mozer and David DiGiovanni on the Architectural Review Board; Bruce Treiber, Laurie Martone and Nick Virgilio on the Planning Board; Kevin McGalloway, Dina Epstein, and Noel Griffin on the Zoning Board; Larry Krieb and Dan Maddock as delegates; Debra McDermott, community communications coordinator; Al Young, village historian; George Coyle and Glenn Bruce on the examining board of plumbers.
Those who were present at the meeting left with a feeling of pride in the unique community they call home as they welcomed new volunteers who contribute to making the village a wonderful place.
Former Trustee Haim remarked about the elected citizens, "Life is busy for everyone but you are making the effort and giving unselfishly of your time and talent and we are all better for it."