LARCHMONT, N.Y. Jaine Elkind Eney stepped down from her seat on the Larchmont Board of Trustees Monday night to join the Town of Mamaroneck Board and was replaced by Peter Fanelli.
Effective immediately, Fanelli, a Democrat, takes Eney's seat on the Larchmont board, which will be up for election in just two months. Mayor Josh Mandell, who swore him in at the board of trustees meeting, pointed out there are only two meetings between now and the elections.
"This appointment is obviously a very short-term appointment," Mandell said. "I even considered the possibility of leaving the spot vacant, but it's generally bad form in municipal government to have an even number of voters. Since it couldn't be a person directly chosen by the electorate, which is the optimal solution. My feeling was it would be good to find some derivative of that."
Mandell said he chose Fanelli because he had shown a prior interest in serving by running for a trustee seat in 2006. He said he plans to run for the seat in the March elections.
"I'm just excited to be a part of the team," said Fanelli, who added he's looking forward to getting the Palmer Avenue street-scaping project underway and increasing participation in local government.
Eney's departure not only opened her seat on the board, but the position of deputy mayor. Consequently, Mandell nominated, then appointed Trustee John Komar, who was also appointed the fire commissioner at the Dec. 12 meeting.
Eney was appointed to the Mamaroneck Town Council Jan. 4 by Nancy Seligson, whose seat she will be filling. Seligson vacated the seat when she was elected town supervisor in the Nov. 8 elections.
"It has been truly an honor to work with this board," Eney said. "This board, along with all the employees of the Village of Larchmont, works tirelessly each and every day to maintain a quality of life for the all of the residents of the village that truly has put Larchmont on the map. I look forward to working with this board for the benefit of all the residents of the Town of Mamaroneck, including those residents who live right here in Larchmont."
Mandell also swore in a new police officer and three others who received promotions. Check back with The Daily Larchmont for further details.
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