CIVIC PROGRESS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN
Dan Maddock, who had served as the Sea Cliff Civic Progress Committee Chairman since 2009 resigned from his leadership post and from the Committee itself early this month.
“It’s time for new blood to come along and offer a voice,” Mr. Maddock said in response to questions from Northwordnews.
The group, which until recently consisted of 11 residents active in Village civic life, some of whom have served in Village government, and others serving the community in a variety of other ways, was created in 1948 “for the purpose of nominating qualified citizens to serve on the Sea Cliff Village Board.”
“For 68 years, the Committee has never failed to carry out that mission,” Mr. Maddock wrote in a press release a year ago announcing that election season’s nominees. “We are not Democrat, Republican, Liberal or Conservative.”
Also leaving the group was resident Alison Frankel.
“I have tremendous respect for the current members of Civic Progress,” Ms. Frankel said, “and I'm confident the group will continue to do its utmost to uphold good governance in Sea Cliff.”
Prior to the resignations, the Sea Cliff Civic Progress Committee voted to endorse for election to the Sea Cliff Village Board incumbents Ed Lieberman, who was appointed by the Board in late November to complete Bruce Kennedy’s term as Mayor, Trustee Dina Epstein, who was first elected in 2015, and Jeffrey Vitale, who was appointed by Mayor Lieberman in early December to complete his term as trustee. Mr. Lieberman was first elected to the Board as a Trustee in 2013.
The Sea Cliff Village Board election will be held on Tuesday March 21.
In addition to the three incumbents, long time resident Joe Krupinsky has announced that he also will be seeking one of the two Trustee’s seats that are on the ballot. It will be the first contested Village Board election in several years.
Nominating petitions for those residents wishing to run for office can be picked up at Village Hall and are due back with the required number of signatures by early February. Under state law, petitions in villages with populations numbering between 3,000 and 5,000, require signatures of 75 qualified voters, and for villages with populations greater than 5000, 100 signatures are needed. Sea Cliff's population according to the 2010 census is 4995.