Mayor Jen White announced Thursday that she will appoint Nyack resident Elijah Reichlin-Melnick as a Village Trustee to fill the vacancy on the Village Board created by the recent resignation of Trustee Doug Foster. Reichlin-Melnick, who currently serves as a member of the Village Planning Board, will attend his first meeting as Trustee at the Village Board meeting on April 13.
“We are delighted to welcome Elijah to the Village Board. Doug Foster, who served Village residents for almost eight years, was a major contributor to positive Village change. Doug’s knowledge of municipal issues, his planning background, his willingness to spend time addressing residents concerns and his work ethic left us with a serious void when he left the Board. Elijah is an excellent choice to fill his big shoes. Elijah has shown himself to be a committed and dedicated volunteer, who is deeply knowledgeable about the issues facing our village and full of ideas for how to address them,” said Mayor White.
“As a member of the Citizens Steering Committee that worked on our award-winning Master Plan update, a Planning Board member, and the former chief assistant to our Town Supervisor Andy Stewart, Elijah will bring a fresh perspective and lots of experience with local government to the Village Board,” she added. “We had other good candidates for the position but Elijah brings a wealth of experience on a wide range of issues that we need right now to keep governing at the high level we have for the past seven years.”
“I’m incredibly grateful to Mayor White for giving me this chance to serve my community,” said Reichlin-Melnick, “and I’m looking forward to joining the Village Board and getting to work for Nyack!”
Reichlin-Melnick, 32, grew up in Nyack and graduated from Nyack High School. He currently works as a senior research planner at Pattern for Progress, a Newburgh-based non-profit focused on regional planning and local government issues throughout the Hudson Valley. From 2014-2016 he worked as Executive Assistant to Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart, and managed Stewart’s successful re-election campaigns in 2013 and 2015. From 2009-2013 he worked in the Rockland County offices of Congressman Eliot Engel and Congresswoman Nita Lowey. In 2011 he was a Democratic nominee for Orangetown Town Council. A former elementary school teacher, he holds a bachelors in history and government from Cornell University and a masters in city and regional planning from Rutgers.
In other Village Appointments, Mayor White announced that former Village Trustee Steve Knowlton will replace outgoing Zoning Board Chair Cathy Friesen and that the Zoning Board has added Paul Curley as a regular member and attorney Glen Keene and former Pastor at Grace Church, Richard Gressle as alternates. “We thank Cathy Friesen for her dedication to this Village and we are grateful for all of the Nyack residents who volunteer their time with the goal of helping our village continue to be the great highly functioning place that it is.” said Mayor White.