Croton resident, Ann Gallelli, has been elected President of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF). A member of its Board of Directors since 2004, Ms. Gallelli succeeds Noel Shaw of New Rochelle who retired in December, 2007.
The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation evolved in 1962 from the efforts in civic planning education organized by the late Hugh R. Pomeroy, Westchester’s first Director of Planning. The goals of the organization are “To create an effective and permanent countywide organization for the exchange of information on matters of planning interest.”
WMPF offers training programs for municipal planning and zoning board members. Its annual Land Use Training Institute, held in conjunction with Pace University, provides a certificate program for planning officials, planning and environmental consultants, land use attorneys and other interested parties to meet local training requirements and to learn about current issues and practices in planning. WMPF also conducts an annual award program recognizing the accomplishments of municipalities and residents who have made significant contributions to planning in Westchester County. In cooperation with the County Department of Planning, WMPF has also produced several publications to help planners and board members carry out their roles in making land use and zoning decisions.
On her selection, Ms. Gallelli commented, “I am very honored to have been selected for this post. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the land use professionals and municipal officials on the WMPF Board in furthering its programs and goals.”