New Village Manager Announced
at Pelham Manor Board Meeting

Left to right: Trustee Maurice Owen-Michaane; Village Attorney Albert Cornachio; Trustee Breda Bennett; 

New Village Manager Lindsey M. Luft; Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey; Trustee Joseph Senerchia; Deputy Village Manager John T. Pierpont

By Stephen E. Lipken


Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened the January 23rd Board meeting, noting the attendance of Trustee Maurice Owen-Michaane at the Honghu Elite Association banquet at Crab Du Jour on January 17th, celebrating the Lunar New Year, along with Chamber of Commerce President Cristina Chianese and Treasurer Rob Kirk.  “It was a stunning event with a lot of pageantry, speeches and recognizing the entrepreneurial efforts of all the restaurants,” Owen-Michaane said.


Mayor Lapey then acknowledged the leadership of Village Manager John T. Pierpont, who served for nearly 28 years.  Retiring, Pierpont has agreed to work with the incoming Village Manager, Clerk and Superintendent of Public Works Lindsey M. Luft during the transition period.


During Public Comment, Emily Pierpont-Seal praised her father John’s dedication, recalling late night home calls regarding power outages and other emergencies.


Luft was Assistant to Mamaroneck Town Administrator and Confidential Secretary to Ardsley Village Manager.  She holds a Master of Science in Public Administration with certification in Non-Profit Management and is a member of the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.  Luft is the current President of Municipal Administrators of Metropolitan NY and is also affiliated with NYS City/County Management Association and International City/County Management Association.


Police Commissioner Breda Bennett and Chief Thomas Atkins reported indictments of five individuals with assistance from Detective Sergeant Andrew Leal, Detectives Jason Carroll and Kiernan Colleran for thefts of catalytic converters.  Atkins then cautioned residents not to leave pocketbooks and wallets unattended, particularly on top of shopping carts.


American Legion Post 50 Commander Frank Barbieri called attention to the fact that one of their members, Vito “Ace” Pisano (at the time of printing) will have celebrated his 100th birthday on February 1, resulting in a Special Proclamation.     


A World War II veteran, Pisano began his service as an Army corporal, serving in Saipan and Iwo Jima, studying radio and radar. He became a “Duck” Driver (amphibious vehicle), transporting men and equipment. Discharged as Staff Sergeant, Pisano received the American Service, Asiatic-Pacific Service, Good Conduct and World War II Victory Medals.