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Eastchester Board May Have New Member Tuesday

The Eastchester Town Board may appoint a new member as early as Tuesday, according to Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita..

"I think we will be conducting interviews on Friday or Monday, and will make the appointment at the regular board meeting," Colavita said

The appointment will come just a few weeks after veteran board member Michael Cahalin, 50, resigned from his seat at the May 17 meeting.

Citing a promotion that will require extensive travel, Cahalin said his new job will not allow him enough time to devote to his current post on the board, where he earns $14,000 per year. Cahalin works for Lomto Federal Credit in Queens, where he reportedly accepted the position of CEO.

The Town Board is comprised of the Supervisor and four councilman, currently all Republicans.

The appointee will serve until the next election in November. If the appointee chooses to remain on the board then, he or she will have to run in the election.

As a five year member of the Town Board, Cahalin said he is proud he was able to keep increases in town taxes between 2 and 3 percent each year.

"I am also proud of being part of the joint town board and school board efforts," he said.

Cahalin also said he was proud to help get the tennis bubble off the ground.

Colavita said the town tennis courts were unused between October and May until the town was able to strike a deal with a private company that will enclose the courts with a bubble, and pay for their use. Residents will still be able to use the courts.

Colavita said he has known Cahalin for more than 15 years.

" He brought a professional business logic and expertise to the board and he will be missed," Colavita said.

Cahalin, who has lived in Eastchester for 16 years with his wife Maryanne and two children, said he hopes to stay involved with the town.

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