Newly appointed Orange board member wants to give back to the community
ORANGE, Ohio – Amanda Kurland, who has been active in the village since she unsuccessfully ran for a village council seat in 2019, has been appointed to a vacant council position.
At a special meeting on Monday (September 27) held via the Zoom video, the board voted to nominate Kurland to fill the vacant position created by Pradip Kamat’s resignation. The unexpired term expires on December 31, 2023.
Kurland was then sworn in by Mayor Kathy U. Mulcahy.
Kamat, who had served on the board since January 2020, tendered his resignation on September 21, with immediate effect. He did not disclose the reasons for his resignation, but he suffered health issues that caused him to miss nearly four months of board meetings last year.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” Kurland said in an interview. “It’s something I’ve been working on for a few years. I am honored and delighted to be invited to serve on the board.
When council voted to approve Kurland’s nomination, City Councilor Staci Adelman Vincent said: “With sincere gratitude to Pradip Kamat for his service to the Orange Village community, I enthusiastically and proudly welcome Amanda with a resounding yes. “
“We are obviously all delighted to have you,” Council Chairman Brandon Duber told Kurland. “You probably deserve this more than anyone. So thank you for accepting this (appointment).
Kurland was one of five candidates running for four open council seats in the November 2 election. His appointment to the board means the four remaining candidates – incumbents Alan Charnas, Judson Kline, Lisa Perry and Brent Silver – will be re-elected without opposition.
Kurland said that due to her nomination, she plans to contact the Cuyahoga County Election Board on Tuesday, September 28, to formally withdraw from the race.
“I know the mayor and the rest of council well, and look forward to serving with them,” she said. “Even when I run against some of them, I said that everyone sits on the board for the right reasons.
“I was running because I felt I had something to give, not because they had a deficit. I am really excited to be working with these great people.
Kurland, 51, sits on the village finance committee, records committee, and tax incentive review board. All of this involvement has been happening since she lost her first candidacy for a board seat in November 2019.
“I really believe in giving back to the community, whatever capacity one can do,” she said. “I think that (being a board member) is a way to give back.
“I really enjoy being part of Orange Village and I think I have a lot to offer. I am a good listener, interested in learning things and always looking for ways to make things better.
Originally from Cleveland, Kurland has been an Orange resident for 15 years. She and her husband, Kenny Kurland, co-own Corky and Lenny’s, a deli and restaurant in Woodmere.
Kurland, who grew up in Cleveland Heights and Beachwood, graduated from the Hebrew Academy in Cleveland. She received a BA in English, Communication, and Journalism and an Associate’s Degree in Judaic Studies from Stern College for Women, the undergraduate women’s college at Yeshiva University in New York City.
“Fortunately, there are no major issues the village is currently facing,” she said. “We really want to keep the village in good financial condition.
Kurland added that the village has been “very good at balancing development with green spaces”.
“My main goal is just to keep the village going in this direction, which I am happy with,” she said.
Kurland has said his intention at this point is to seek to retain the seat in the fall of 2023.
“A number of people have supported me in my efforts to be on the board,” she said. “I really want to thank everyone who has supported me, and I will be delighted to have their support again in two years.”
Kamat, 68, was elected to the council in his first candidacy for public office in November 2019. The Indian native has lived in the village since 1994.
His wife, Deborah Kamat, resigned from the Orange Board of Education for personal reasons in May after having held office since January 2018.
Read more of the Grief Solon Sun.