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Hastings Board of Trustees Ushers in New Era

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Hastings Board of Trustees ushered in a new era this week when it appointed Marge Apel and incumbent Nicola Armacost to the board while saying goodbye to trustee Jeremiah Quinlan. Mayor Peter Swiderski said this is far from the end for Quinlan though.

“I don’t want to think of this as a goodbye because we have wrote Jerry in as our coordinator for waterfront affairs so I don’t have to go through the goodbye that I feared,” Swiderski said.

Quinlan spoke briefly at the meeting, but this time it was from the other side of the microphone as a member of the audience.

“I think that we really have a strong citizenry and we have strong boards of commissions and that made a big change in the last six years and I consider that the most important thing I’ve done,” Quinlan said.

Quinlan has run the point for most waterfront issues during his time as a trustee and will continue to serve as a consultant in the future. With the waterfront project recently receiving a record of decision, Swiderski said much of the credit goes to Quinlan after years of work.

“There’s nobody I trust on these issues to handle them diplomatically and carefully more than Jerry,” Swiderski said.

Other trustees touched on what it will mean to not have Quinlan up on the board at each meeting.

“It’s one thing to have discussion and everybody weigh in but (Quinlan) really always managed to get right to the core of the issue and I really appreciate that,” said trustee Meg Walker.

Replacing Quinlan is Apel, who served on the board for six years with her last term ending in 2007. Armacost, who was first appointed to the board in 2009 and was first elected in 2010, was re-elected to her seat.

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