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Rosenblaum And Potok At Odds Over Mamaroneck Nomination

MAMARONECK N.Y. - There was friction on the Mamaroneck Village Board this week over a proposed appointment during the board's organizational meeting.

Trustees Ilissa Miller, Leon Potok, and Andres Bermudez Hallstrom sparred with Mayor Norman S. Rosenblum and Deputy Mayor Louis Santoro over a number of nominees.

Among the disputes was Potok’s nomination of Len Violi, a member of the Board of Agricultural Review, for a position on the Harbor and Coastal Zone Management Committee.

After Potok nominated Violi, Rosenblum immediately pointed out that Violi was already a part of the BAR, and would have to resign to serve on the coastal zone committee.

"His resignation would only come about if he was appointed to the ZBA, this is an invalid motion,” said Rosenblum.

Rosenblum also pointed out that Violi had not shown an interest in the position, which would make the nomination unnecessary.

Potok wanted to know why Violi was able to get nominated to the Zoning Board of Appeals, but is not able to be nominated for the Harbor and Coastal Zone Management Committee.

Village Attorney Charles A Goldberger said Violi could " be nominated, but of course he would have to resign.”

The motion went to a vote but was deadlocked, with Hallstrom and Potok voting yes and Rosenblum and  Santoro voted no. Miller abstained.

The board will next meet on Dec. 17

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