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Mayor Nicola Armacost

 

Niki has served as Mayor for two years and before that as Village Trustee for nine years. She has lived in Hastings since 2002 with her husband, Tim, and sons Zak and Cole, who both passed through the Hastings school system.

 

Niki is Founder and Managing Director of Arc Finance, Ltd., a not-for-profit organization that finances clean energy and water in the developing world.  She is also an advisor to a number of solar companies and microfinance organizations that work in Asia, Africa and Latin America. 

Both as Mayor and Trustee, her focus has been on village finances. She led efforts to keep taxes low, increase financial transparency, and build a solid reserve fund. She championed responsible investments in our village infrastructure, from accelerating road and sidewalk repairs, to creating an earmarked reserve fund for our parks. She has also been a champion of sustainability, promoting energy efficiency and stewardship of our natural resources.

 

Niki has been active in the Hastings community, working with the Cub and Boy Scouts, the Take Me to the River music festival, the Hastings Education Foundation and the Hasting Co-op Nursery School.

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Trustee Tom Drake

 

Tom is a true son of Hastings.  He was born in St. John’s Hospital; grew up in Hastings; graduated from Hastings High School; and married Hastings native Julia DiSalvo. They now live in Tom’s childhood home where they are raising their three children: Joseph, Grace and Timothy.

 

Tom served honorably as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy, then entered into a more than twenty-three year career in law enforcement until his retirement from the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in August of 2020. Tom now serves as a consultant in emergency management for school districts. During his career, Tom’s experience ranged from street patrol, to SWAT duty, to investigating organized and financial crime and public integrity/corruption. He was also a member of the NYPD Band (playing the saxophone). Tom is an experienced law enforcement instructor and has taught everything from cultural awareness to basic recruit training, officer survival and firearms.  

 

Tom has an extensive background of volunteerism in the Hastings community. He has been a member of Riverview Manor Hose Co# 3 for more than twenty-five years. He served as Captain of both the Riverview Manor engine company and the Ambulance Corps. Tom is the Past Commander of Admiral Farragut American Legion Post 1195 and is a member of the Hastings Little League Board. Tom is also a member of the Hastings Police Reform and Reinvention Committee.

 

Tom comes from a background of civic engagement and civil service. He is passionate about public safety and improving our village’s infrastructure to better serve our residents, business owners and visitors.  

 

Tom holds a B.S. from Excelsior College and an M.P.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

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Trustee Morgen Fleisig

 

Morgen grew up in upstate New York and moved to Hastings with his wife, Margie, in 2014. Morgen has practiced architecture for nearly 30 years, designing homes, office towers, hospitals and museums. He enjoys collaborating with experts and craftsmen from all fields, and recently completed an ambitious project with a large multidisciplinary team at WarnerMedia’s headquarters as part of the extensive Hudson Yards revitalization project.

 

Morgen earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, and master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and New York University.

Morgen is passionate about the waterfront and its potential. He served on the Waterfront Rezoning Committee and helped craft the plan to achieve village consensus in this on-going effort.  

 

Morgen approaches each issue with the core principle that we should leave it better than we found it, whether it be ensuring the new Ravensdale Bridge will be a fitting village gateway, finding ways to maintain our village character and manage traffic while still supporting growth, or making certain the Police and Fire Departments and all our other government services have the tools and support they need to succeed.

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Trustee Mary Lambert

 

Mary was born and raised in New York City. She and her husband Nils moved to Hastings in 2004, when their eldest daughter was one. She and Nils, and their three daughters, have called Hastings their home for sixteen years. 

 

Mary has worked for over 20 years in technology and media, specializing in marketing, business development, and general administration.  She has been the Executive Director of the Weeden Family Foundation, specializing in biodiversity preservation, and has held senior management roles at Google, Opera Software, Lucent Technologies, and at Volta Charging, the country’s most utilized electric vehicle (EV) charging network. Currently she has her own marketing consulting business, Closed Loop Consultants.

 

Mary has been active in the community for many years, serving on the Hastings Conservation Commission and the Hastings PTSA. She was a co-founder of the Hastings Girls on the Run program.

 

Mary was appointed to the Board in January of 2020 and has focused much of her time on sustainability issues. She is passionate about protecting the remarkable parks and open spaces of Hastings; to preserving its unique character; building a strong, safe, and resilient downtown; and to helping Hastings mitigate and adapt to climate change. She served as the Chair of the Climate Smart Communities Task Force, which has completed projects such as a Village Natural Resources Inventory, a Climate Vulnerability Assessment, and a Heat Emergency Plan, which have allowed the Village to obtain silver status as part of the Climate Smart Communities program. 

 

She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

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Trustee Georgia Lopez

 

Georgia and her husband, Joe, married in Hastings in 2003 and fell in love with the village. They officially moved to Hastings in 2008 along with their son, and welcomed a daughter in 2011. Georgia works in the e-commerce technology space helping startups achieve growth.

 

In 2016, Georgia started Hastings RISE with a small group of residents to open up conversations around race and social equity in the community. This led to her appointment to the board of trustees in 2017; she was elected to the board in 2018. Georgia has dedicated herself to improving the quality of life for Hastings residents. She is addressing complex traffic and pedestrian issues in the village by supporting the Downtown Working Group; the PTSA traffic safety committee, which was formed to make the school zone safer; the Ravensdale Avenue bridge project; the Route 9 project; and is dedicated to executing the recommendations of the former Transportation Working Group.

 

Additionally, Georgia is the board liaison with the Downtown Advocate, creating events that are talked about across Westchester.  She also works closely with our Police Department and the Graham School to ensure that all residents of our village are heard.

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Justice Joseph DiSalvo

 

Judge DiSalvo and his wife, Joanne, have lived in Hastings since 1979, raising four children in the village. Joe has been actively involved in local civic life, serving leadership positions at St. Matthew/Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church; as a Trustee and Chair at St. John’s Riverside Hospital; as a Director for The Sharing Community, a homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Yonkers; and as a Director for Westchester Residential Opportunities, a fair housing organization. He also sings with The Westchester Chordsmen.

 

Joe has practiced law in Westchester County for more than 43 years.  He concentrates on Wills, Trusts, and Estates, Real Estate, Land Use, and Commercial and Litigation matters as the managing partner at Nobile, Magarian & DiSalvo, LLP in Bronxville, NY. 

 

Joe has served as Village Justice since 2004. He has implemented appropriate changes to Court procedures to meet the requirements of the new State Criminal Justice Reform and Raise the Age legislation. He is committed to conducting Court in a firm but fair manner, using his considerable experience to fashion appropriate sentences, particularly for youthful offenders, and maintaining the Court calendar in its current up-to-date status.