ARDSLEY, N.Y. New Ardsley Mayor Peter Porcino served his first day in office Monday as he was sworn in at the evening's Board of Trustees meeting.
Taking over from his predecessor Mayor Jay Leon, who served for six years, Porcino plans to continue with several of Leon's projects, as well as jump in with plenty of his own.
Porcino is looking forward to bringing his knowledge of Ardsley to the village's high office. He said that his experience as Leon's deputy mayor prepared him for the job.
"Ardsley is a pleasant place to live," said Porcino. "It's a nice, little community. The schools are good. And I've come to realize that there is a lot more volunteerism than I initially perceived, and that's a good thing."
In keeping with giving back to residents, Porcino aims to improve the village's website and email blast list so that it is more accessible and reaches more people. In addition, he wants to make improvements to Route 9A by adding a second southbound lane, and solving traffic and parking issues. He is also looking into available property to use for sidewalk construction.
"Peter Porcino is a great guy and he will do a great job," said Leon. "He is a really smart guy. He's even-tempered and very amicable. He can be a great mayor."
Porcino began his Ardsley public affairs career in the early 1990s with commuting and development issues. In 1996, he was appointed to the Board of Architectural Review, and in 1999 to the Zoning Board of Appeals. In 2005, he was elected as village trustee, where he was the liaison to several village branches, including the library board, the youth council and the environmental advisory committee. He became deputy mayor in 2006.
Porcino is a life-long New York State resident who grew up in Long Island. He attended the University of Rochester and New York University Law School. He has been with a law firm in midtown Manhattan since 1978.
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