Of the many appointments made by the Town Council during its Jan. 2 board meeting, one of the more notable ones was the appointment of Town Councilman Fred Sciliano to Deputy Supervisor for the upcoming year.
Sciliano, who is serving his second term for the all-Republican Harrison Town Council, was appointed to deputy supervisor for his first time, replacing Councilman Joseph Cannella, a Republican.
“I’m honored, and I hope to follow in the footsteps of [Councilman Joseph] Cannella,” said Sciliano, who was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012. “Usually it’s given to a different councilman each year, and we do whatever we can to help out the mayor.”
Not unknown to Harrison, Sciliano, a town resident for more than 58 years, was the West Harrison Police Chief for 10 years, and served as chairman of the Architectural Review Board for 10 years. In his sixth year as a member of the Town Council, Sciliano said he draws from prior education and experience when making decisions for the town.
“I consider myself a common sense councilman,” he said. “My education in engineering and construction management business experience adds to working with the town engineer and other projects within the town. Also being involved with so many business associations, I have a real feel of what is going on in the county.”
According to Westchester County, a deputy supervisor primarily assumes the duties of town supervisor in the supervisor’s absence, but also must have an assortment of town-related skills such as knowledge of town law. The position, according to the county, has “legislative duties and fiscal functions” relating to the municipality. But, the position ultimately is largely ceremonial consisting of filling in for the supervisor when absent and attending town functions.
Harrison Town Supervisor/Mayor Ron Belmont, a Republican, said that it was Sciliano’s turn as deputy supervisor. Former mayor and current Councilman Stephen Malfitano held the position in Belmont’s first year, 2012, and Councilman Cannella held the position last year.
With respect to 2014, Sciliano said flood mitigation would be a key item, and he looks forward to working with the town engineer on such projects.
Sciliano, who will be up for re-election in 2016, said the Town Council will continue their unified approach that has “been a success for the past few years now.”
“We still work together as a very cohesive board,” Sciliano said. “The [Democratic] campaign said it wasn’t good to have the same party, but our hearts are in Harrison. The fact that we’ve worked cohesively has helped out during rough financial times. Everyone works together for the betterment of the town.”
-Reporting by Phil Nobile