Dear Friends of Read,

We hope winter finds you happy, healthy and dreaming of warm walks in your woods.

We are writing to inform you of a recent change in Westchester County Parks management which will take effect February 8. Our curator, Michael Gambino, will be swapping places with the curator at Marshlands Conservancy, Scott Williamson.

The Friends of Read board of directors would like to take this time to thank Michael for his service to the Sanctuary. Under his leadership, we have seen tremendous changes and improvements and a furthering of Edith Read’s vision. We wish Michael good luck in his new position and look forward to working with our new curator, Scott.

If you have questions regarding this staffing change, please email Jason Klein, Director of Conservation for Westchester County at

The Friends’ board is very grateful for our membership’s continued support. We know you join us in wishing Michael well and in welcoming our new curator. Hope to see you all soon.


Jana B. Seitz, President
Friends of Read Wildlife Sanctuary


A note from Westchester County First Deputy Commissioner Peter Tartaglia:

Scott Williamson has been with Westchester County Parks for twenty years and has been the Curator at both Croton Point Nature Center and Marshlands Conservancy. He has also worked at Cranberry Lake Preserve and Trailside Nature Museum and has a great knowledge of the habitats of Westchester County and the needs of our nature center facilities. He is a great educator with an eye towards visitor experience and programmatic excellence.  While both Curators – Scott and Michael – have proven their excellence at their respective facilities, their skill sets are perfectly suited to elevate what the other park has to offer. Michael has made Read Sanctuary an example of what a natural park “should look like,” and Scott will elevate the educational programming offered at Read.  For each site, the Curators have the support of the County Parks Department in order to succeed including maintained or increased assistance from other employees such as Christian Degenhardt and Nick Comparato. We welcome Scott to Read Sanctuary and look forward to a continued great working relationship with the Friends.  We also thank Michael for his excellent work at the Sanctuary and congratulate him on his new assignment.