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Yorktown Parks Superintendent Resigns

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Brian Gray waves to the crowd during the 2014 Holiday Electric Lights Parade. Credits: File Photo
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Brian Gray has resigned his position as superintendent of the parks and recreation department. He has accepted the same position with the village of Scarsdale.

Gray, who has been with Yorktown since 2007, was praised by town officials, who accepted his resignation last week. He will officially leave the town April 15.

“He’s done an amazing job as the superintendent of parks and recreation,” said Town Supervisor Michael Grace. “He’s done such a good job that another municipality decided to make him a better offer.”

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Councilman Tom Diana, the Town Board’s liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission, said Gray will be sorely missed.

“I don’t think I’ve ever called him to get something done and it hasn’t gotten done,” he said. “It’s a wonderful thing, and I’m sure that our new superintendent will be as proactive as you.”

Gray said the kind words mean a lot to him.

“It makes me happy,” he said. “It makes me proud that they’re not just telling me to ‘hit the bricks.’ It really makes me feel like I’ve done my job.”

In Scarsdale, Gray will be returning to where he started his parks and recreation career. His first eight years were spent working in the village, before Gray, then a Carmel resident, joined Yorktown as assistant superintendent in 2007. Gray was promoted to run the parks and recreation department in 2012, replacing Jennifer Fava. Now living in New Fairfield, Conn., Gray said the move back to Scarsdale made sense on several levels, such as location and size of the municipality. Yorktown is about six times larger in size and has more than twice the population of Scarsdale.

“I’ve had a great experience here in Yorktown,” Gray said. “I’ve worked now for a smaller village and big town, and I kind of figured out what my calling really was.”

Gray said he is extremely proud of the park renovations accomplished under his watch, including at Jack DeVito Veterans Memorial Field and Downing Park. He also recently completed a renovation at Ivy Knolls Park, he said. Gray said he will also miss the many town events, including the annual Holiday Electric Lights Parade.

No announcements have been made as to who will replace Gray as superintendent of the department.

Brian Marschhauser contributed to this report.

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