Port Chester Mayor-elect Neil Pagano said Thursday that he’s ready to move ahead with some thorny issues facing the village government after he is sworn in April 2. And though he had criticized his opponent Mayor Dennis Pilla for some lingering problems, he gave him some credit too.
“We’ve got our work cut out for us. Campaign rhetoric is just that,” he said. Pilla had positive words for Pagano Wednesday as he reacted to the election results.
“I do think he left a lot of positive things out there for us to take over,” Pagano said of the outgoing mayor. “He’s been good to the village. I admire his work, I admire the way he really conducted himself throughout the whole campaign.”
The new village board faces major decisions over the redevelopment of the former United Hospital site. Pagano said he wants to get input from the new board, but he expects to move ahead with environmental reviews and a scoping process to “identify what we want there.”