Derrill Bazzy and Philippe Jordi honored for community preservation

From left, Representative Tim Madden, Derrill Bazzy, Philippe Jordi, and Massachusetts Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo at the 3rd Annual Kuehn Community Preservation Awards ceremony in Boston. — Photo courtesy of Rebecca Rochel

Derrill Bazzy of Aquinnah and Philippe Jordi of West Tisbury were two of ten “Community Preservation Heroes” selected statewide and honored by the Community Preservation Coalition at a ceremony Tuesday at the State House in Boston.

The two Islanders received Kuehn Community Preservation Awards, named for Robert H. Kuehn Jr., who was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in Massachusetts, signed into law in 2000. They also received citations from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, presented by Representative Tim Madden, and congratulations from Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.

The Kuehn Community Preservation Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the CPA’s success in communities across the state, and whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Mr. Kuehn’s legacy, according to a press release.

Mr. Bazzy was recognized for his work as chairman of Aquinnah’s Community Preservation Committee since its start in 2002. Mr. Jordi, the Executive Director of the Island Housing Trust, was recognized for his work over the last 17 years as a developer and manager of affordable community housing for the Island Housing Trust and the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority.

CPA funding comes from a surcharge of up to three percent on property taxes, plus a variable state match from real estate deed recording fees, to raise money for open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and outdoor recreation.