Fran Allen’s recent recognition for her work in the computer world is not only wonderful for Fran but also wonderful for our community. Fran’s work on behalf of the Village may not make the same headlines or win prizes, but she has been instrumental in many Village achievements.
As Chairperson of the Waterfront Advisory Committee, Fran was the key person to raise and follow through on the role our Local Waterfront Revitalization Committee (LWRP) could take in defeating the proposed Millennium pipeline route. She started this effort in late 2000 and persisted in her efforts through our victory last year. Although many other organizations throughout the Town, County, State, City of NY, and federal agencies joined with us to achieve the win, it was Croton’s LWRP that provided the basis for the victory and it was Fran who realized it and led the way.
On that alone, she should be congratulated but there is so much more. Fran has been an active member of our Planning Board since the early 1990’s. In that role, she has contributed to valuable changes in our zoning and environmental laws that contribute to the protection of our Village. She has provided oversight on complex applications for site plans and subdivisions which have resulted in better development in the Village. Further, Fran is also on our Trails Committee and a member of the Arboretum.
Fran’s commitment to Croton has made this village a better place to live in. We should all be happy that in her busy life in the higher reaches of the computer world, Fran has had the time and interest to give Croton the benefits of her multi-faceted expertise.
— Ann Gallelli, a grateful friend