Episode 34 of the San Gabriel Valley Master Key podcast, co-hosted by Attorney Scott Warmuth, officially released today! Episode 34 features Terry Tornek, former Mayor of Pasadena.
Terry Tornek was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the Yeshivah of Flatbush and Erasmus Hall High School where he met his future wife, Maria Mascoli and served as President of the New York City Student Council. After marrying and serving in the US Army National Guard (Airborne) Terry worked for the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and then earned a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s School of Architecture while Maria was a public school teacher on the Lower East Side. In 1982 the family moved to Pasadena where Terry accepted the position of Planning Director. He was hired because of his history of neighborhood improvement and historic preservation. Terry served for 3 years and helped to establish the redevelopment plan for Old Pasadena. He was elected to represent District 7 on the City Council in April, 2009, was reelected in 2013 and was then elected as Mayor in April, 2015 serving until December, 2020.