O’Con­nor ap­pointed as next town su­per­vi­sor

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Staff

MALTA, N.Y. >> In a re­cent unan­i­mous vote, Dar­ren O’Con­nor was ap­pointed Malta’s fourth Town Su­per­vi­sor in nearly five decades to fill the term of Su­per­vi­sor Vince DeLu­cia.

Fol­low­ing a lengthy le­gal ca­reer, O’Con­nor has served for three years as Deputy Su­per­vi­sor and Deputy Town At­tor­ney, in­clud­ing roles in pri­vate prac­tice and as a Coun­sel to the New York State Po­lice. O’Con­nor’s ap­point­ment to this of­fice will be for the bal­ance of the term, through De­cem­ber 2019.

O’Con­nor said in a news re­lease, “I am hon­ored and hum­bled to have been ap­pointed Town Su­per­vi­sor. I pledge to con­tinue to im­ple­ment the great progress achieved by my pre­de­ces­sor and strive to keep Malta Town-Tax free, while im­prov­ing eco­nomic growth and recre­ational ameni­ties. I’m grate­ful to Vince DeLu­cia for his lead­er­ship and guid­ance over these last three years and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to serve the peo­ple of Malta.”

O’Con­nor has served ac­tively in Town Gov­ern­ment and in the com­mu­nity at large for many years. O’Con­nor was first ap­pointed Deputy Su­per­vi­sor in 2016 and has since served in the Town’s Ethics Code Re­view Com­mit­tee, as a mem­ber of the Malta Ro­tary, and as a key com­mu­nity con­duit on ma­jor pro­jects, such as re­zon­ing Route 9 North for com­mer­cial use.

Former Su­per­vi­sor Vince DeLu­cia said in the re­lease, “I can think of no bet­ter choice to fol­low me in Town Hall than Dar­ren O’Con­nor. Dar­ren’s back­ground, ex­pe­ri­ence, ded­i­ca­tion to the Town, and fo­cus on mak­ing Malta all it can be will help pro­pel our Town for­ward. I’m thrilled the Town Board acted unan­i­mously to name him to the post.”

“Dar­ren lis­tens first, asks the right ques­tions and makes de­ci­sions based on his in­formed opin­ion. I think he is an ex­cel­lent choice to fill the term left by Vince DeLu­cia and I whole­heart­edly sup­port his ap­point­ment to the po­si­tion of Malta Su­per­vi­sor. I look for­ward to work­ing with him,” added Malta Town Coun­cil Mem­ber Cyn­thia Young.

Since tak­ing of­fice in 2016, Su­per­vi­sor O’Con­nor has worked to lead a shift to­wards greater bal­ance in devel­op­ment, and in­creased pri­vate in­vest­ment in the Town.

Of­fi­cials said he has also worked to pro­tect open space and im­prove recre­ational ameni­ties, no­tably in his role in one of the largest land con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in Town his­tory in 2018. This strat­egy has broad­ened the Town’s as­sessed tax base and grown the Town’s share of County sales tax rev­enue, thereby bol­ster­ing the Town’s ef­forts to re­main Gen­eral Town tax-free.

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