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Autorino to join planning board

Submitted by on 1, May 21, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Last night, the City Council voted unanimously to place Arthur Autorino on the Planning Board. Autorino, 62, will fill the rest of Gina Mariani’s term, which extends through 2011. Autorino is a divisional vice president at Abbott Diabetes Care, a global company based in Alameda, and a past vice president and treasurer of the Seastrand Homeowners Association on Harbor Bay. He also leaves a spot on the city’s Economic Development Commission. Autorino has a long history of participation in civic affairs: He’s been on planning and zoning board in several different states, he said. “In most of the communities I’ve lived in, I’ve tried to participate,” Autorino, who moved to the Island in 2002, said during a brief interview after his swearing-in. His resume includes stints as chair of the planning board in Lenox, Mass., as a member of the DeKalb, Ill. planning board and of the Niskayuna, N.Y. zoning board, he said. “I’m really interested in the development of the community, the growth of the community, happening in a balanced way,” said Autorino, who added that he does not yet have a position on Measure A. “I’m pro-business, but also pro-community. I want to make sure the development that happens is appropriate for the community.” Autorino said he wants to see the city develop Alameda Point. “It’s a big opportunity for us,” he said. “The quicker we move forward, the better.”

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