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Zoning Board of Appeals
left to right: Sky Cole, Joseph Pastore, Robert Byrnes, and Aaron Lockwood.
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Sky Cole has lived in Ridgefield for nearly 40 years. After college he started his own small carpentry business. While still at it, he is easing into a more relaxed view of priorities.
One priority remains strong however; his commitment to the democratic process. Toward that end he has been an active member of the Democratic Town Committee for many years.
Sky feels equally strongly about his own civic responsibilities toward the town that provided a great education for his two children giving them a leg up for their own futures.
The ZBA is a perfect fit for someone who has spent his entire career working with individuals repairing and renovating their homes, most of that time in Ridgefield. Sky understands the detailed needs of the individual homeowner and the need to preserve the town’s character. Ridgefield’s rich character is it’s greatest asset. Sky’s deep experience living in town and working with Ridgefield homeowners benefits each homeowner seeking a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Joe Pastore has lived in Ridgefield with his wife Donna for 24 years, raising three children in town, and has been an active member of the community. He is managing partner at Pastore & Dailey LLC, a leading corporate, litigation and financial services firm, with four offices nationally. Joe is widely recognized as a leading attorney for securities and commercial matters, and has received the top peer-to-peer reviews for over 10 years. Joe is currently a member of the Board of Assessment Appeals.
Joe holds a BA from Bucknell University cum laude and a JD from Pace Law School cum laude, and also serves on the Boards of both institutions. He views his candidacy for the Zoning Board of Appeals as public service and an opportunity to give back to the community. As a long time Ridgefield resident, Joe believes Ridgefield is a special place that should continue to grow and thrive, while maintaining its historic and architectural integrity.
Robert Byrnes has served as an Alternate on the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2018. In that role, he is dedicated to finding solutions that are both beneficial to the town and to the residents who bring their issues to the board. Byrnes owns a small Ridgefield business, now in its 10th year, and he is a member and sponsor of the Ridgefield Bicycle Club. Byrnes loves the town’s open spaces, which he enjoys as an avid cyclist, runner, and hiker.
ZBA-Alternate candidate Aaron Lockwood is a public school music educator and professional violinist. As an educator, he has served his school community for the past fourteen years. He understands the importance of critical thinking, collaboration, and working toward a shared vision. Since moving to Ridgefield four years ago with his wife and two young children, he has taken a keen interest in planning and zoning. He and his family love Ridgefield and chose the town for its excellent schools and small-town New England charm. Aaron is dedicated to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to help make decisions that are in the best interest of the people and the town of Ridgefield.
Election day is November 5th, 2019