In December, after more than 30 years on the Historic Preservation Board and almost 25 years on the Hoboken Planning Board, I decided to retire. It was somewhat of a difficult decision to make, but it was time to move on. It was a wonderful experience, and I would like to offer my thanks to those with whom I served.
First, to Theresa Castellano for acknowledging me in her letter to the Reporter. I was deeply touched by her kindness, Terry is a conscientious, dedicated woman who is steadfast in her purpose to do what is right for Hoboken.
Secondly, much appreciation to the Planning Board whose members work diligently to make sure that the Municipal Land Use Laws are enforced. A special heart- felt thanks to all for issuing a Proclamation honoring me for my years of service on both Boards.
Thirdly, to the Historic Board. It was a pleasure to work with all its members to preserve the antiquity and historic values of our City. Because of this Board, our treasures of architecture and the fabric of our neighborhoods are protected.
Fourthly, with much gratitude to all the Administrations who had the confidence and trust to appoint and reappoint me to such a prodigious position. In particular, Mayors Capiello (appointed me to the Historic Board); Vezzetti; Pasculli (appointed me to the Planning Board); Russo and Roberts. They made it possible for me to perform my civic duty for our wonderful City of Hoboken.
These Boards were an integral part of my life. I shall miss the camaraderie and friendships that were formed with my fellow Commissioners when focusing on a particular goal and course of action. However, I will not miss the tons of reading materials required every month for the hearings.
And so, I bid you farewell and wish you success in all your endeavors. As they say in educational circles, “We touch the future. We teach.” So let this also be true for the Historic and Planning Boards. May you continue to successfully touch the future of Hoboken with wise planning and preservation.