BRIAN HIGGINBOTHAM, KRISTINE PAGSUYOIN, JOHN MAJOY, CATHLEEN NAGORSKI JOE MILANO AND LUKE MCCONVILLE
Village of Newburgh Heights
Once a community hits the mat, getting up after being “knocked out” is not usually its next evolutionary step. Following decades of population loss and economic stress, Newburgh Heights’ leadership decided to stop taking punches and become the exception. The process started with attracting experienced, professional, and full-time committed full-time departmental leadership. Long known as a village that operated as “penny-wise and pound-foolish,” a change in governing philosophy has the neighborhood on the rebound. The behind the scenes foundation supporting the elected leadership in making the turnaround possible are forward- thinking professionals, including Solicitor Luke McConville, Fire Chief Brian Higginbotham, Housing Commissioner Kristine Pagsuyoin, Fiscal Officer Cathleen Nagorski, Service Director Joe Milano and Police Chief John Majoy. These ace staffers have implemented the quality nuts-and-bolts policies and procedures most residents don’t see, but they are necessary for the efficient operation of a community. They’ve also been crucial in developing and implementing nationally recognized, innovative public policy that highlights Newburgh Heights as a model for advancing into this century as a model for community revitalization in the 21st century.