Originally from Long Island, Brett Yagel moved to Pomona, New York in January 1998 and raised his family here. He first became involved in local issues when he the led the effort to successfully stop a high-density housing project at Patrick Farm that would have destroyed Pomona’s character, as well as a critical component of the county’s water resources.
The residents of Pomona thanked him for his efforts by electing him a village trustee in 2007 and to two terms as Mayor in 2011 and 2015. As Mayor, he implanted his vision of responsible development and stood up to overdevelopment, encouraged increased civic participation of residents and brought in federal and state grants to help keep taxes down.
Brett also served as President of the Rockland Conference of Mayors, 2nd Vice President of the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation and is a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 1600.
He is a graduate of Polytechnic University (Brooklyn Poly), and works as a publications engineer at Lockheed Martin on the Trident nuclear submarine program where he lives in Pomona with his two daughters.