Scenic Hudson Board Member
Tom Butler is former the Mayor of Tarrytown and has been on the Board of Trustees since 2005. He has lived in Tarrytown since 1984. Butler was the first African American Mayor in the history of the Village of Tarrytown.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Butler studied interior architecture and city and regional planning at the Pratt Institute. He also attended NYU, Harvard, and the University of Manchester in England. His career has been in construction, notably with AECOM Tishman in NYC, currently as Director of Procurement. Tom also fulfilled 35 years of service with the U.S. Army, with 5 years as an enlisted soldier, and 30 years as an officer. He retired with the rank of Colonel from the US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Reserves. Tom’s move from Brooklyn to the Village of Tarrytown in 1984 was made because he was looking for a good place to raise his family. He said, “At the time I didn’t know too much about Westchester, but we wanted to have a different life and Tarrytown seemed like the most diverse place we saw.”
One of his goals is to secure affordable housing so seniors can continue to live in Tarrytown, and control development to keep Tarrytown the destination it has become. His model of dialogue is composed of three tenets: unity, understanding, and respect.
Tom and his wife Cheryl have four children: Kimberly, Blake, Ashley and Brent.