PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- After a six-month stint as Putnam County's Commissioner of Planning, Anthony Ruggiero is returning to Peekskill and taking over as city manager, the city announced Thursday.
Prior to taking over in Putnam, Ruggiero had worked as the city of Peekskill's director of planning for more than 13 years. Peekskill's acting city manager Brian Havranek announced that he would be retiring in July for health reasons, Peekskill officials said Thursday.
Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster praised Ruggiero for his familiarity with the city.
"His vision for our City and efforts to bring growth and economic development to the waterfront and downtown areas have made Peekskill a great place to live, work, visit and enjoy,” Foster said in a press release from the city. "We’re confident Anthony will have no learning curve as he steps into this important role. Our residents and business owners already know and like Anthony.”
Foster also praised Ruggiero's accomplishments in helping secure $8 million in funding from the Empire State Development Corporation, implementing Peekskill's Waterfront Development Plan and serving as acting city manager during Superstorm Sandy.
“Thanks to Anthony’s efforts in spearheading the Waterfront Redevelopment Plan, our four miles of riverfront is a destination," Foster said in the release. "Peekskill’s Waterfront District is beginning to thrive with new businesses and restaurants, craft beer pubs, boating and sightseeing activity, and recreational opportunities. With his return to City Hall, Anthony is poised to spearhead the next phase of Peekskill’s renaissance.”
Ruggiero said taking over as city manager in Peekskill is an honor.
“With the budget process beginning immediately, I’ll be working to ensure a balanced budget that preserves our strong financial footing," he said in the release ."My priorities as City Manager will be to continue the City’s economic growth and expansion, and to modernize our workforce.”
Ruggiero is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and currently resides in Fishkill.