Tuckahoe Mayor Steve Ecklond has tabbed Planning Board Chair and former Master Plan Committee leader Antonio Leo to fill the unexpired term of Quigley, 62, which will run until April 1 next year.
Leo brings a wealth of local government experience to the board, having served on the Planning Board for nearly a decade – and chairing since 2013 – as well as his time overseeing the Master Plan Committee in 2007 as the village sought to become a more vibrant, business-oriented destination for upcoming families.
Having lived on the same street as Quigley since moving to Tuckahoe in 2000, Leo also brings a sentimentality from their neighborhood in the village.
“Even though Tuckahoe is a pretty small community, I’ve always felt, whether selecting members for the village zoning or planning boards, that there should be a representation of every little pocket of our tiny little village,” Ecklond said. “If we all lived on the same block, we might not necessarily know what’s going on in the other side of town, even in a village this small.
Quigley, who was the lone Democrat on the Republican-heavy board, was praised for his ability to put party politics aside while he put the village he called home for nearly three decades first. Leo said that he knows that it’s a tall order, but he plans to dive in headfirst to help the village he calls home.
“Steve Quigley played a big role on this board,” he said. “I just hope I’m able to fill his shoes. I’m really just grateful for the opportunity.”
Village law requires that if there is any trustee vacancy, it is the task of the mayor to find a suitable candidate to fulfill the remainder of the term. Ecklond said that when he was tasked with filling a seat several years ago, he considered several options. This time, he said Leo was the only choice for the job.
“His background in chairing those two (committees) will be a huge assistance for us as we evaluate where the village is, and where we should be going. “And with his friendship to Quigley, he is the best suited out of all of us to maybe give us a little guidance into what he might do.”
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