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Inland Wetlands Board
left to right: Susan Baker, Tracey Miller, Kory Salomone, and David Tatge.
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- Preserve and maintain wetlands to minimize disturbance and pollution.
- Ensure transparency of IWB review and approval process.
- Manage natural water resources responsibly.
- Balance wetlands protection and thoughtful economic development.
- Protect aquifers to ensure long-term health and safety.
- Understand and apply latest science.
Susan Baker, a resident of Ridgefield since 1976, has been a student of the environment and energetic activist since her high school years. From 1999 to 2001, as a core member of the Ridgefield Open Space Association (ROSA), she worked with others on saving Bennett’s Pond from residential development and in the process learned about state and local land use and wetlands regulations as they relate to preserving open space.
Since 2002, Susan has been a member of the Conservation Commission, and has been active in many of the commission’s initiatives, most recently in the effort to separate the Inland Wetlands Board from Planning and Zoning. Because the commission members cover meetings of the IWB/PZC, she has years of experience reviewing applications and how wetlands regulations have been applied.
Professionally, Susan is Director of the editorial services division at Westchester Publishing Services. She heads a department of roughly 40 employees who manage production of books for major university presses, think tanks, and policy agencies and oversees their manuscripts to completion as final printer files.
Her husband, Tom Elliott, also an environmentalist and former core member of ROSA, is a teacher/musician. They spend their leisure time in the outdoors. Their camping, mountain climbing, and hiking have led them to three continents plus the Arctic.
Tracey Miller is a licensed landscape architect in New York and Connecticut and has been designing landscapes for over 20 years. She is dedicated to the philosophy that sustainable practices promote lasting land-stewardship and she has an avid interest in natural systems and plant communities. She has worked on several ecologically sensitive projects, including Salt Meadow Park in Connecticut and Weekapaug Inn in Rhode Island.
Tracey received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut. She serves on the Residential Design Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and she is a member of the Association of State Wetland Managers.
Tracey lives in Ridgefield with her partner and their dogs and enjoys time spent volunteering at ROAR.
With more than fifteen years experience as a land use and zoning attorney in Westchester County, Mr. Salomone brings the unique perspective of someone who knows what it takes to process development applications in compliance with all applicable environmental regulations. His expertise will enable the Inland Wetlands Board to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of Ridgefield residents by protecting our wetlands and watercourses from unnecessary and undesirable changes associated with development in or around the Town’s wetlands.
Kory received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College in Cinema and Photography. After nearly a decade working in the film industry, Mr. Salomone entered law school, receiving his Juris Doctorate with an Environmental Certificate from Pace Law School in 2006. While at Pace, Kory was a member of the Environmental Law Review. After working at a boutique land use and zoning firm in Armonk, NY, for over ten years, Kory established his own firm in 2016.
Kory has lives in Ridgefield with his wife Megan, an educator, two daughters, and two dogs.
David Tatge moved to Ridgefield in 2006 with his wife Jennifer Mathy, a marketer and writer. Their son Jackson is a Freshman at Michigan State University studying computer science. Their son Mitchell is a sophomore at Ridgefield High School.
David recently joined Ridgefield’s own r4 Technologies, using artificial intelligence to help clients identify market opportunities and solve problems. Prior to r4, he spent more than 20 years in retail financial services with a focus on consumer behavior, analytics and technology. Fourteen of those years were with MasterCard, working with financial institutions around the world to grow their payments and retail banking businesses. As a member of the MasterCard Advisors leadership team, he built a multi-million dollar product development consultancy and ran the Advisors group in Asia.
He and his family lived in Singapore for 2 years as a result. “We experienced so much while we were there, and came home with a greater appreciation of the wider world -- and our place in it -- having seen both incredible natural beauty and areas of great poverty throughout Asia.”
David joined the Board of Woodcock Nature Center as its Treasurer in 2015, recognizing the importance of protected spaces as a foundation for environmental education, and based on the enriching experiences Woodcock provides kids through their annual summer camps and other programs.
David stated, “Living in a beautiful, bountiful place puts great obligations on those of us who have that good fortune. I am excited to be running for a position on the Inland Wetlands Board, to ensure that the citizens of Ridgefield benefit from thoughtful economic development, while protecting wetland and watercourses from unintended negative consequences. There was a quote in National Geographic magazine a number of years ago that has stuck with me, ‘All the water that will ever be is, right now.’ And we owe it to ourselves and our community to protect it.”
David grew up in Illinois and Arkansas. In high school, his favorite science teacher allowed him and his best friend to spend many afternoons at a local lake, exploring its tributaries, looking for interesting wildlife, and scouting locations for a student film, though no Oscar nominations ensued. He subsequently earned a BSBA in economics from the University of Arkansas, and later an MBA from Northwestern University.
Election day is November 5th, 2019