MVC loses new hire after two days

The MVC is continuing its search for a new DRI coordinator, following the quick resignation of its recent hire.

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission is scouting again for a new developments of regional impact (DRI) coordinator after their recent hire, Mike Senatore, resigned after just two days.

Senatore was working as an environmental attorney in Baltimore, Md., when he was tapped to replace current DRI coordinator Alex Elvin, who is set to begin his new position with the commission on Jan 1. 

MVC executive assistant and DRI administrator Lucy Morrison told The Times that Senatore, who owns a house on the Vineyard, but does not live here full-time, found that he “wasn’t going to be a good fit” after beginning at the MVC.

Senatore’s hiring was announced at a commission meeting on Sept. 22, and had not yet participated in any meetings before calling it quits. 

The commission’s DRI coordinator is charged with thoroughly researching proposed projects, and articulating the scope of work to commissioners, who use the information to help in their deliberations and decisions. 

Per the commission’s website, the DRI review process involves assessing “developments that are either so large or have such significant impacts on their surroundings that they would affect more than one town,” and makes use of a rubric, or checklist, to help distinguish the benefits and detriments of proposed projects. 

Morrison said the commission continues to advertise the position, but has not yet found an adequate candidate.

MVC executive director Adam Turner did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


  1. I think all the current commissioners should read this sentence you have in the paper. “developments that are either so large or have such significant impacts on their surroundings that they would affect more than one town” because if they did read this, they may understand that a small little house on a downtown street does not fit the parameters of their guidelines.

  2. If you think of it Mr Murphy,
    As life moves forward, one “little house” many times, eventually turns into a townscape. All you have to do is look at Main St., VH. There are homes, next door to each other, built from the 1700’s through the present. All development are not segregated to large tracks of land immediately. Each house and building over the years tells a story about itself, the occupants and the surrounds during various timescapes

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