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[Update] Ruggiero Approved as Putnam County's New Planning Commissioner

The Putnam County Board of Legislators is scheduled to vote tonight on a resolution appointing Peekskill Planning Director Anthony Ruggiero as their commissioner for planning.

UPDATE, Dec. 5, 10:15 a.m.:

The Putnam County Board of Legislators approved Anthony Ruggiero's hiring as the new county planning commissioner during Tuesday night's meeting.

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The Putnam County Legislature is set to vote on an amendment tonight approving the appointment of Anthony Ruggiero, Peekskill’s current director of planning, to the position of Putnam’s commissioner of planning, development and public transportation.


Ruggiero would be paid a yearly  salary of $110,000 in the new position. Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell appointed Ruggiero to the position on Nov. 21. He is expected to start the new position immediately after his appointment by Putnam County lawmakers. 

Ruggiero declined to comment on his new position Monday.

Prior to serving as Peekskill’s director of planning, Ruggiero served as a junior planner with the Town of Poughkeepsie from 1997 to 1999 and Beekman’s town planner in 1999 before coming to Peekskill as an assistant city planner in 2000.

Ruggiero served as assistant city planner until he was promoted to the position of city planner in 2006. He was eventually named the city’s director of planning in 2009.

Wendy Kelly December 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Congratulations Anthony!
Leslie Lawler December 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Godspeed and best of luck to you, Anthony. Thank you for your help and service. It is absolutely a testament to lousy leadership when there is such a consistent and marked turnover in any organization or in this case, municipality. Not including the layoffs, the following folks have left under this administration: Dan Fitzpatrick, Marcus Serrano, Davey Greener, Howie Wessells, Bernis Nelson, Janet Insardi, Rick Finn, Joe Stargiotti, and now Anthony Ruggiero. Shameful and reckless leadership.
Spruce Bringsteen December 04, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Don't go, Tony!!!! Don't leave us behind!!!! Who now to lead our City of Ruins? Can I at least have some of your new salary? That's a lotta clams, Tony. DON'T GO, TONY!!!!
john basic December 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Does anyone have an update on the search for a new City manager?
Frank a Catalina December 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Best of luck Anthony!! I remember Anthony when he came to Peekskill. If the mayor or Council memebrs actually knew him or LISTENED to him, they would recognize his indisputable talent and would do everything possible to keep him here. as Leslie abovestated, the 'brain-drain', whether intentional (which would be a crime) or unintentional (which would actually be worse) is truly a sad tale. im thinking the next ones to go should be those in denial and their wake up call is about 330 days away!
Patty Villanova December 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM
As a Putnam County resident/taxpayer, I was surprised to note that our GOP rulers had chosen someone from Peekskill for the position. There were so many loyal soldiers with an "R" after their names who thought they were shoo-ins for the job and who were rumored to have gotten the nod. What I find really shocking is that it looks like they may have actually chosen somebody who's competent over one of their cronies. I wish Anthony a lot of luck in dealing with the Putnam establishment; I hope he learned how to dance while he served in the 'skills because he's going to have to learn some fancy footwork if he's to survive in his new gig. As much as the Dems, Foster & Klaxton have Peek in an iron grip, he should know that the R's of Putnam have zero tolerance for any of their chosen who don't adhere to the party line. In many ways, the proverbial fire may be worse than the frying pan he just jumped out of. Nevertheless I wish him Godspeed. I always found him to be very professional and polite.
Jini George Cummins December 05, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Best of luck to you Anthony and thank you for the help you provided to me and the homeowners in The Woods III in Westchester. This is a real Peekskill loss.
Liz Giegerich December 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Good luck Anthony!
Jonny December 05, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Congrats to you Anthony.
Liz Claire December 05, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Peekskill's loss is Putnam's gain. Best of luck, Anthony. My best wish for you is that the politicos there are more rational than people destroying Peekskill.
joshua tanner December 06, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Peekskill is locked into a cycle of demise. Every week is another rung down in transit from the pan into the fire

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