Officers Sworn In at Pelham Manor BOT Meeting

By Stephen E. Lipken



Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened the February 14 Board of Trustees meeting, noting that NYS Governor Kathy Hochul has lifted the COVID mask mandate and County Executive George Latimer lifted mask mandates for County-owned buildings.


Then David Sparano, Chair, Citizens Nominating Committee (CNC), appeared before the Board.  “The purpose of the CNC is to recruit, interview and nominate highly qualified candidates for the Board of Education,” Sparano stated. “This year there are three seats up for election. Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have resided in the School District at least one year.  There is no requirement to have a child in the District and no prior experience is needed.”  (


Next, Mayor Lapey administered the Oath of Office to promoted Sergeant Nicholas Schwartz, 27, hired as a Patrol Officer in January 2017 and assigned Detective Kieran Colleran, 30, who joined the PM Police Department in 2014.


During the Police Report, Chief Thomas Atkins said that a number of catalytic converters were stolen from vehicles at bus depots on Canal Road.  Trustee Breda Bennett reminded residents about identity theft.  “Unless you know who you are speaking with over the phone or online, please do not give any personal information,” Bennett warned. “Hang up the phone and call your bank or credit card company on your own” Atkins added. 


In the DPW Report, Village Administrator John Pierpont informed the public that in early March, sewer system lining will begin.  “Techtronics is locating manholes and will find out where the connections from houses are,” Pierpont noted.  “They will know where to send the robot to cut the service lines. Residents cannot run their water for 24 hours until the liner is set in place.”


Finally, Public Hearing for Local Law regarding Additional Veterans’ Real Property Tax Exemption was set for February 28.