New Pelham Manor village manager drawn to job by stability she sees on board of trustees


New Village Manager Lindsey Luft said one thing that stood out about Pelham Manor was “a strong show of stability on the board and prior boards. But as well as the position goes, stability is important when I was looking for a job.”

Luft was sworn in as the newest village manager of Pelham Manor after John Pierpont announced his retirement in October.

“I am looking forward to getting to know the community and the residents of Pelham Manor,” Luft said. “The community and residents make the (village) values, and there is a strong sense of community in Pelham Manor.” 

“Each step in the application process, I felt like this was a good decision for me. I felt like I would be a good fit for them, and it was a good fit for me. The ‘bond’ got much stronger with each step in the application process.”

Luft came from the Town of Mamaroneck, where she was the assistant to the town administrator, and prior to that she served as the confidential secretary to the village manager of the Village of Ardsley. She has a range of management experience from her prior jobs. Luft’s professional skills include strategic planning, financial management, project management, regulatory compliance and labor relations. 

“I hope that I can bring to the table the idea that there is more than one way to do a lot of different things,” she said. “One way or another is not right or wrong, etcetera. It is worth the try. I have seen it done a lot of different ways. I am able to give the town the ability to see other things.”

Luft is the president of the Municipal Administrators Association of Metropolitan New York, having previously served as vice president and secretary/treasurer. She is also affiliated with the New York State City/County Management Association and the International City/County Management Association.

As she transitions into the job, Luft will be working with Pierpont to learn more about the village, what her position entails and how board of trustees meetings run.

“One thing I would love the town to know about me is, I am a very dedicated person,” Luft said. “I put forth my best and full effort into everything that I do. I will do my best to put my full effort into the title of being village manager of Pelham Manor.”