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North Hempstead taps New York City administrator to run parks

Jill Weber, the Rockaway administrator for the New York City parks department, has been appointed parks and recreation commissioner for North Hempstead.

Weber, who was one of two appointees unanimously selected at Tuesday night's town council meeting, is expected to start the $125,000-a-year post on Jan. 1. She succeeds Jennifer Fava.

Weber, an Oceanside resident, has since 2007 been involved in policy, planning, fundraising, community engagement and programming of parks and the beach in Rockaway and Broad Channel. Since superstorm Sandy in 2012, much of her focus has been on the restoration of the boardwalk and park facilities.

Carole Trottere, town spokeswoman, said Weber will oversee North Hempstead's 51 parks, recreational programs, and about 80 full-time and 300 part-time seasonal employees.

Weber has worked for the New York City parks department in various capacities since at least 1981. From 1993 to 2007, she was chief of the New York City Parks Opportunity Program, which offers skills training in such areas as security, custodial, clerical, and horticulture.

From 1987 to 1993, Weber was a manager with the Bronx parks and recreation; from 1984 to 1987, she was horticulturist for Riverside Park in Manhattan; and from 1981 to 1984 she worked as a Central Park assistant horticulturist.

"As a career parks and recreation employee, I am looking forward to continuing with the town's tradition of providing high-quality parks programming to its residents," Weber said in an email.

Supervisor Judi Bosworth, who has made parks a centerpiece of her agenda, said, "Jill's experience in parks management and recreational programming, as well as environmental preservation, tree care, and horticulture, make her the ideal fit to continue our administration's goal of providing stellar parks programming while maintaining and beautifying our open spaces."

Erin Reilley, a former City Council candidate who has administered grants on behalf of the Glen Cove Community Development Agency, the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency and the city, was named town sustainability officer.

The Farmingdale resident starts on Dec. 1 in the $75,000 post, replacing Fran Reid. Reilley's duties will include developing new programs and policies aimed at preserving the town's natural resources, Trottere said.

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