continued Clarkson said he picked Kuhn because he believes the councilman to be a fair moderator when issues arise on the town board. He also admires Kuhn’s knowledge of environmental law.
“I think he’s very good at bringing us together as a group,” said Clarkson.
Smolinsky said although he has only been needed to preside over meetings a handful of times, he also worked with the town on contract negotiations and advised on land-use regulation. He has now been appointed chairman of the town’s Planning Board following the retirement of George Leveille.
“I view this as a natural succession for me,” said Smolinsky, who has been on the planning board since 2007.
Leveille was honored at the organization meeting for his years of work with the Planning Department by former Supervisor Terry Egan. Leveille, who served under four supervisors, was seen as instrumental in the development of the Vista Technology Park, was the chair of numerous citizen committees, including the one that created the town’s comprehensive plan and worked to create the town’s Economic Development Zone.
“It’s been a wonderful tenure working in my hometown, and I will miss it every day, but the town’s in great hands,” said Leveille.
Clarkson said he is confident in Smolinsky’s ability to lead and will continue to rely on him as the town increasingly faces questions about balancing development and open space.