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Two new members fill Amherst Planning Board vacancies

The deputy City of Tonawanda attorney and a retired engineer are the newest members of the Amherst Planning Board.

The Town Board last week named Brittany Penberthy and Harbinder Singh Gill to the Planning Board, which reviews development plans, requests for zoning changes and related matters.

Penberthy, a criminal defense and personal injury lawyer, takes the place of Dan Ulatowski, who resigned in March to take a job in Amherst's Planning Department. Her term runs through December 2020.

Gill is a native of India and former executive with an international engineering firm. He replaces Mary Pfeifer-Shapiro, who often cast the lone "no" vote when the Planning Board approved major projects and criticized what she considered unfettered development allowed at the expense of residents and the environment.

She did not provide the town an explanation for her abrupt resignation from the Planning Board, nor would she comment to The Buffalo News beyond saying "I felt I needed to do it."

Gill's term runs through December 2022.

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