Peekskill Officials Announce Hiring of New Counsel, City Engineer

City hires former White Plains Corporation Counsel and 22-year state Department of Transportation Civil Engineering Expert to fill vacant positions.

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Mary F. Foster, Mayor of the City of Peekskill, announced today the appointment of Edward P. Dunphy as Corporation Counsel, and Brent W. VanZandt, P.E., as City Engineer/Director of Public Works. Dunphy most recently served as Acting Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers, and VanZandt was previously a 22-year civil engineering veteran with New York State’s Department of Transportation.

“The City is thrilled to have two highly qualified and highly motivated professionals join our already solid leadership team,” says Mayor Foster. “We look forward to leveraging both Ed’s and Brent’s proven insights and strong relationships as Peekskill works to transform its Waterfront and Downtown Historic Districts, and raises the bar on the level of services provided in the City.”

Dunphy began his legal career as Law Secretary to an Associate Judge with the State of New York Supreme Court Appellate Division. He then spent the next 15 years in private practice before joining the City of White Plains as Corporation Counsel (1998-2010) at a time the city underwent a transformation. Prior to joining the City of Peekskill leadership team, Dunphy worked as Acting Corporation Counsel for the City of Yonkers, researching and drafting legislation for the City on a range of municipal matters.

“We’re seeing significant interest and activity in Peekskill that, based on my tenure with Yonkers and White Plains, marks the beginnings of a city’s true economic growth and redevelopment,” explained Dunphy.

Similarly, Peekskill’s new Director of Public Works has a body of experience that spans more than twenty years in the Empire State. VanZandt also has strong ties to the City he will now serve.

“As a NYSDOT engineer responsible for managing the Route 9 reconstruction project from 2008 through 2010, I gained important familiarity with the inner-workings of the City of Peekskill,” VanZandt said. “I look forward to working more closely with the City and with all those who provide the broad range of services so vital to Peekskill residents.”

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored VanZandt for the Route 9 reconstruction project in Peekskill, which addressed structural and safety concerns in the City, improved traffic flow and made it possible for goods to move efficiently in and out of Peekskill. He also coordinated work with the cities of Fishkill, Beacon and Peekskill to construct new water and sewer mains and drainage infrastructure, and was instrumental in the redesign of the cobblestone retaining wall that now runs along Peekskill’s Hudson Avenue.

Fifty miles north of Manhattan, The City of Peekskill is among the historic Hudson River towns in Westchester. Formerly one of New York’s manufacturing bases, Peekskill today is home to many small businesses and medical facilities, as well as a thriving downtown hub that has attracted galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, and artists’ studios. Visit www.cityofpeekskill.com for more information.

jo January 15, 2013 at 04:43 PM
have no issues with anyone's facts.. I was taken back by all the screaming.shouting out and nastiness it descended into. I will continue to watch. BTW I never voted for her... I took issue when she resurrected a dead budget to give us a tax hike.. went to the council and told them in person..
Liz Claire January 15, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I saw nothing but respect. Leesther deserves to be called the conscience of the Common Council. She was amazing at the meeting. Respectful yet challenging them to be better. Darrell was amazing too.
robert pidgeon January 15, 2013 at 05:37 PM
do these men live inside the city???
Warwick Deeping, Borzoi January 15, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Ed Dunphy's looking sharp in that photo. Not sure what kind of lawyer he is but at least he's stylin' and havin' his apparel proclaim the man. Much like Alfred A. with his purple shirts. Gotta give him props, especially for the funky banana tie.
Jim Travis January 15, 2013 at 09:24 PM
I found the term "Leadership Team "quite humorous considering the revolving door at City Hall and the elimination of H.R department among other things.Just another rosy at 840 Main


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