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Marsha Presser played an important role in our parks and recreation programs. And, Oscar Jones was a dedicated Assistant Building Inspector for the town.
Greenburgh is a better place because of the hard work and service so many of our residents give to the town. In recent days our town lost two very special people: Marsha Presser and Oscar Jones
Marsha Presser was a a former member of the Greenburgh Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. A resident of Hartsdale, she and her late husband Richard worked hard to persuade the town to acquire open space. The Presser's successfully lobbied the town to purchase Presser Park (previously known as Webb Field but named for Richard because he was largely responsible for the park acquisition). That park is now used by many for soccer, cricket and other sports. And, children enjoy the playground. Years later, Marsha and her husband organized an effective citizens campaign that persuaded the town to purchase Hartsbrook Nature Preserve on Ridge Road, near where they lived. They both pushed for the purchase of Taxter Ridge in E Irvington and Glenville Woods. The town currently has over 600 acres of parkland. I think that Marsha played an important role in the acquisition of close to 500 acres of our 600 plus acres of open space.
Marsha was passionate about our parks and recreation programs. She made sure that the town adequately funded programs at Anthony Veteran Park. And, when I first got elected she spent hours talking to me about the importance of the Greenburgh Nature Center, one of the jewels of the town on Central Ave. She also volunteered her time at the Nature Center when the Center needed help. Greenburgh is a much better place because of Marsha, a role model for citizens in our town. She will be greatly missed.
We also lost a dedicated employee -- Oscar Jones last week. Oscar, who was active in the North Elmsford community, was also an Assistant Building Inspector/Plans Examiner for two decades. Those who dealt with him appreciated his demeanor and dedication to our town. John Lucido, former Greenburgh Building Inspector recalled to me late last week how valuable Oscar was to the department. Oscar was also a licensed registered architect and also held a master's degree from Columbia University for Urban Planning. One of the nicest people to work at Greenburgh Town Hall. An employee who always gave 110% to the town. He also will be missed. His service to the community will always be appreciated. And, never forgotten.
Greenburgh won't be the same without Oscar Jones and Marsha Presser. We will always be inspired by their service.