CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. — The Town Board took action Monday to fill the seat left vacant by the recent retirement of Councilman Jim Romano by appointing attorney Anthony Morelli to the board.
He will fill Romano’s unexpired term which ends Dec. 31, 2021. This is Morelli’s first elected office and he intends to run for the seat next November.
Asked why he sought the position, Morelli said he had been actively involved for years in the town through various committees, PTA’s, community organizations, and youth sports.
“I felt that my involvement in our community coupled with my professional experience and perspective as a father of three would enable me to contribute and add value to our already capable and hard-working town board,” he said in an email.
When asked what priorities or issues he might want to undertake now that he was a member of the town board Morelli made note of several areas he planned to focus on.
“My intent is to build on my previous experience with the town and focus on improving and strengthening our open space preservation as well as expanding our already expansive network of trails and park amenities,” he said. “Through my time serving on our Planning and Zoning Boards, I fully understand the need for us as a town to strike a balance between residential and commercial development and preserving the rural character that makes Clifton Park such a wonderful environment to live.”
Other areas of interest include veterans’ affairs and youth engagement.
“The issues concerning veterans in our community are of the utmost importance,” Morelli said.
With regard to youth engagement, he singled out the town’s Youth Court as an area in which he intends to become actively involved.
“The lessons learned that our youth gain from this program is incredibly important to their education and understanding of the criminal justice system, and I look forward to helping lead this effort,” he said.
A Republican, Morelli is no stranger to the board having previously served on a number of town committees as well as having served as a deputy town attorney and counsel to the Town Planning Board. He resigned his position as deputy town attorney prior to the appointment.
Morelli has served town residents as a volunteer member of the town’s Environmental Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Industrial Development Agency where he eventually chaired the committee.
Growing up in neighboring Ballston Spa, he attended Christian Brothers Academy. Upon graduating from CBA Morelli entered RPI on a four-year Navy ROTC scholarship graduating from the Troy institution with a degree in biology. He later earned a graduate Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University.
Eventually turning to the law, he went on to earn a law degree from Albany Law School.
Serving as an officer on active duty in the Navy for ten years, Morelli was deployed on three warships. Transitioning into the Navy Reserves he was twice recalled to active duty for two, one year deployments. He recently completed his twentieth year of military service.
Following active service in 2005, Morelli and his family moved to Clifton Park where he is raising three teenage children.
Committed to being involved in his children’s lives while serving his community he has been a coach for Miss Shen Softball, Clifton Park Little League, and Clifton Park Soccer. He currently volunteers as a board member for Miss Shen Softball.
Morelli has served as the treasurer for the Shen Council PTA, Acadia Middle School, and Tesago Elementary School and was presented with their Honorary Life Award for his years of volunteerism. Additionally, he participated as his children’s Den Leader for Cub Scouts and Cookie Dad for Girl Scouts.
Prior to opening a private legal practice in town he worked for several years at General Electric where he held positions of managerial and legal responsibility.
His legal practice focuses on family and criminal law, representing children and families. He also represents clients in a variety of criminal proceedings.
“When I completed my active duty in the Navy, I knew that I wanted to settle down in Clifton Park and raise my children here. Throughout the past 15 years, my family and I have grown to love all that the Town offers,” he said in a statement. “I look forward to faithfully and actively representing my neighbors in my time on the Town Board.”