Thomas Feighery has been appointed Putnam County’s new commissioner of the Department of Public Works by Putnam County Executive Kevin Byrne. Feighery was initially named acting administrator of the Department of Highway & Facilities, prior to it being reorganized into the DPW. He’s been serving in this capacity since Byrne took office earlier this year.
His appointment is pending approval by the Putnam County Legislature.
“Commissioner Feighery has been an asset to Putnam County for many years and I’m proud to have him continue his service as DPW commissioner,” said Byrne. “Tommy’s done an excellent job so far, assisting us through a massive storm back in July that caused millions of dollars in damage to county roads and property. He’s risen to the occasion numerous times, has lifted spirits and morale in the department, and continues to display pride in the mission and work conducted by the men and women in DPW. Tommy’s attitude, professionalism, and willingness to work tirelessly for the residents of Putnam County will continue to be a huge benefit for our entire community.”
Feighery was chosen after a competitive interview process by a selection committee that included Director of Personnel Paul Eldridge, Deputy Director of Personnel Adriene Iasoni, Chairman of the county’s Physical Services Committee Legislator Bill Gouldman, Chairman of Audit Committee Legislator Joseph Castellano, former Putnam Valley Highway Superintendent Larry Cobb and Deputy County Executive Jim Burpoe.
“Feighery’s extensive knowledge of our county’s infrastructure, coupled with his dedication to the community make him an excellent choice for the role of commissioner of DPW,” said Castellano. “I look forward to working with him to enhance and improve our county roads, parks and other facilities. I foresee no problem getting him confirmed at by the Putnam County Legislature.”
“I’m honored to be appointed commissioner and thank County Executive Byrne for this continued opportunity,” said Feighery. “We have an incredible team of men and women here at DPW and a lot of exciting projects underway. Residents can rest easy knowing we’re committed to making sure high-quality work will get done in a timely and efficient manner.”
Feighery previously served as deputy county executive under County Executive MaryEllen Odell, after serving as a project manager in the county’s Highway & Facilities Department. He has experience in building and construction management, having supervised commercial, residential and tunnel construction for more than 30 years in Manhattan with Local 147 Sandhogs.
Feighery also brings experience as a small business owner from operating Fiddler’s Green Pub for 35 years before selling it to the present owners.