Village Board Members
Mayor Trish Abato
Patricia "Trish" Abato resides in Suffern, with her two children, Jillian and Christopher.
Trish is the former Director of the Suffern Soup Kitchen, employed by Comprehensive OB/GYN, and is a New York State Emergency Medical Technician. She is Past President of the Suffern Lions Club, and Vice President of the Friends of the Village of Suffern. Trish has assisted with the Suffern D.A.R.E. Toy Drive for the past seventeen years. For the past twenty years, her volunteer work in the community has included serving the needy of the area and grant writing for the Suffern Soup Kitchen, as well as directing and assisting many community youth theatre groups. She has also performed in many productions with the Sacred Heart Players. Trish is also a co-founder and past president of the Suffern Volunteer Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary.
Trustee Matt Byrne
Matt is a lifelong resident of the Village, and a well known and respected attorney with a law practice right here in the Village, where he has represented hundreds of Village families over the last twenty years.
He served as Suffern's Village Justice for sixteen years before his election as Village Trustee. He is also an adjunct professor at Manhattan, Iona and Domincan Colleges and a former volunteer CCD teacher and Parish Council member of Sacred Heart Church.
He is a graduate of Sacred Heart School, Don Bosco Prep, Manhattan College and Pace Law School. He is married to Maribet, a public school guidance counselor and together, they are the proud parents of Matt and Jack.
Trustee Frank Hagen
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Frank is a 38 year resident of Suffern where he and his wife Lois raised 4 sons. He is retired from the National Guard after 35 years of service and has a bachelor's degree in Organizational Management.
Frank served as a Parking Enforcement Officer for the Village and has also served the Village as a volunteer on the Recycling Committee and has been active with the Suffern Farmer's Market since its inception. He was also part of the Suffern Revitalization and the Suffern Civic Association. He is an officer in the American Legion Post 859 and the Sons of Italy in America. Frank is ready to serve the Village as a Trustee and pledges to always be accessible and responsive to Suffern residents.
Trustee Ed Markunas
Ed Markunas, was elected to the Village Board of Trustees and sworn into office in December 2014.
Ed worked as a Consultant for the Village of Suffern Parking Authority (SPA) where his expertise was in administration, management and implementation of SPA projects. Through his direct involvement in the Parking Authority's special projects, Ed routinely acted as a liaison with Suffern's Police Department, Department of Public Works, Chamber of Commerce, attorneys and village residents.
Prior to the Suffern Parking Authority, he was a decorated New York City Police Officer assigned to the Special Operations Division and retired after 20 years of service.
As a testimony to his dedication and loyalty to his country, Ed is a proud Veteran of the United States Coast Guard and New York Air National Guard as well as an active member and current Vice Commander of Suffern's American Legion Post 859.
Ed and his wife, Bonnie, have been living in Suffern since 1994 and are active parishioners of Sacred Heart Church. They are the proud parents of Andrew and Emily who currently attend Rockland Community College and Suffern High School.
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Trustee Bob Morris
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