Village of Sands Point Mayor Leonard Wurzel made a bad news/good news announcement recently. Regretfully, the mayor advises, Village Trustee Eugene Luntey resigned his position after 35 years of service to the village. However, the mayor is pleased to announce that Marc Silbert, who has served the village in various capacities over the last ten years, has agreed to take his place.
Mr. Silbert , an NYU graduate, has excellent management skills and is highly qualified for the job. He purchased the New York City Office of Robert Half Personnel in 1977. It was sold to a publicly traded company in 1987. Mr. Silbert currently serves as a consultant to the parent company, Robert Half International, Inc., which operates eight employment divisions including Accountemps, Office Team and Affiliates Legal Staffing with over 330 offices worldwide.
His work for the village to date includes serving on the Board of the Sands Point Civic Association for eight years, four of those as its president. Mr. Silbert also was part of the Village Club of Sands Point Development Committee which directed club construction for the past three years. In addition, he has been a member of the Sands Point Board of Zoning and Appeals for the past three years.
He and his wife Peggy have lived in the village since 1984 and have two sons, Ryan (21) a senior at Cornell, and Adam (14) a freshman at Schreiber High School.
In another good news vein, the mayor reports that the village will not lose the excellent talents and years of experience that Mr. Luntey possesses. "The board of trustees voted unanimously to create the position of 'Special Assistant to the Mayor' for Mr. Luntey," the mayor joyfully advises.
A change in Mr. Luntey's personal life, his remarriage after being widowed, allows him to accept this newly created office. He will be living six months a year in Sands Point, while spending the other six months in South Carolina, which is the reason he cited for his having to step down as trustee.
Explaining the board's decision to appoint Mr. Luntey to this new position, the mayor advised him that the board "took note of his outstanding contributions to the betterment of the village for over 35 years, through his diligence and his wisdom and balance in arriving at helpful decisions."
Mr. Luntey's first appointment was to the position of Park Commissioner in 1966, and then to the Planning Board. Thereafter, he was elected to the board of trustees and appointed Deputy Mayor and Chief Police Commission until now.
In his official resignation, Mr. Luntey notes that he is sad about resigning his post because, "...it has been a pleasure working with all of the people in the village over the many years."
Mayor Wurzel, speaking on behalf of the village said that he gave his sincerest thanks and gratitude for all that Mr. Luntey has done for the village.
Luntey's resignation means some reshuffling of board appointments. Trustee Ed Adler will now be Deputy Mayor and Chief Police Commissioner. Trustee Daniel Scheyer is Water Commissioner. Kay Ullman is Roads and Environmental Commissioner. And Marc Silbert is now Building Commissioner and Inspector and Coastal Erosion Management Administrator. The latter three trustees are also all police commissioners.