GREENBURGH, N.Y. Steven Belasco, chairman of Greenburghs Zoning Board of Appeals, died Tuesday. He was 65.
Belasco had been battling illness for a short time, friends and colleagues said, but noted his death was a surprise to many. A longtime Edgemont resident, Belasco is remembered for his professionalism and attention to detail while serving the town for more than a decade, former Edgemont Community Council President Bob Bernstein said.
"Steve will be sorely missed," Bernstein said in a statement. "He was among the brightest and most talented Edgemont residents ever to volunteer his time for the Town of Greenburgh and every Edgemont resident or business owner that had to appear before the Zoning Board always got a fair hearing with Steve in charge.
Belasco was a former corporate lawyer and director of taxation for the Colgate-Palmolive Co. in Manhattan. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, had an advanced degree in taxation from NYU and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting at Brooklyn College.
Belasco took his position as chair of the zoning board in 1999 and also worked as a member of Greenburghs Comprehensive Plan Committee.
He was passionate about good planning and good zoning and the town, Supervisor Paul Feiner said. His decisions will be appreciated by generations to come.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Temple Israel, 280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains.
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