White Plains To Select New Planning Commissioner

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Elizabeth Cheteny holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Photo Credit: White Plains

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Elizabeth Cheteny is expected to be appointed the new planning commissioner for the City of White Plains at its next meeting Oct. 1.

If the Common Council approves the appointment, Cheteny will replace Susan Habel, who served as planning commissioner since 2002, and previously as deputy commissioner from 1985 to 2001.

“Betty Cheteny brings an extraordinary breadth of experience to the City’s Planning Department,” Mayor Thomas Roach said in a statement. “Whether working with municipal governments, academic institutions, health care institutions or private sector clients, Ms. Cheteny has brought a thoughtful and informed approach to planning.”

The American Planning Association has given several of her projects awards, including the Olmstead City-Buffalo Olmstead Park System: Plan for the 21st Century and the Niagara Falls Main Street Plan. Cheteny was a trustee in the Village of East Aurora and currently is a board member of the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy and Western New York Land Conservancy.

“I believe that Ms. Cheteny will build on the strengths of our Planning Department and help White Plains continue to move forward in a dynamic, smart and progressive fashion,” Roach said.

Cheteny holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her salary will be $144,330.

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