http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Dell-Abate-seeks-second-term-on-parks-board-5246176.php Baba Booey's back for more. Three years after winning his controversial bid for a seat on the Board of Parks and Recreation, amid a media firestorm and bags of fecal matter being paraded about, Howard Stern sidekick and Old Greenwich resident Gary Dell'Abate is seeking a second term. This time, he says the funny business should be over. "I could be crazy, and some people have told me as much, but I expect this to be much quieter than the first time," Dell'Abate said. "(My appointment) was supposed to be the end of Greenwich as we knew it, but nothing happened. I went to meetings, put my nose to the grindstone and got things done. "I have my job, but I'm also a citizen of Greenwich. But then again, I may be wrong." He has friends in his corner: The Board of Selectmen is expected to nominate Dell'Abate for a second term at its meeting Thursday. "I look forward to once again placing Gary in nomination and anticipate a unanimous vote at the Board of Selectmen meeting in favor of his service on the parks board," Selectman Drew Marzullo said. "Gary has been a true asset, and Greenwich is lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer wanting to do some good." While the 2011 appointment process devolved into a mock indictment of Dell'Abate's boss and his on-air theatrics, Baba Booey -- as he is known by his legions of fans -- has since kept a low profile. His supporters say that, in his role as a board member, he's left his day job at the door and focused squarely on the town's parks and fields. Call it less "shock," and more "jock." "He has a professional life and a personal life," said Director of Parks and Recreation Joe Siciliano. "We see his personal life -- an individual who is committed to making a difference, a person of his word who has really contributed to the board." Siciliano lauded Dell'Abate's track record: high attendance, frequent participation and taking on new initiatives for the Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich and rules for town field usage, the project of which Dell'Abate says he's most proud. "Gary has shown a commitment to helping the Greenwich community," said First Selectman Peter Tesei. "He's been thoughtful and productive in his comments. I think he merits renomination." While the radio personality has already carved out some space for himself as a civil servant, a second term offers the chance to dig deeper into the issues and processes he's gotten to know over the past three years, he said. "It was a big learning curve for me, learning you can't just walk in and have something done right away," Dell'Abate said. "I really want to try to find a way to be more effective on a quicker timetable." Goals for a second term, if he is reappointed, include developing a long-term plan for renovating crumbling facilities at the Greenwich Civic Center and building a new field house for the Greenwich High School fields. It's those accomplishments and plans that could keep fireworks at bay during Dell'Abate's second foray into the board appointment process, which would be a marked difference from 2011. "It was all about Howard Stern, not Gary," said Chris von Keyserling, who chaired the Representative Town Meeting's Appointments Committee in 2011. "I haven't heard anything where he has been a problem. If anything he's been a hard worker and a producer." Even one of Dell'Abate's fiercest critics -- Appointments Committee Secretary Coline Jenkins, who claimed to have found a bag of feces in her mailbox left by a Baba Booey fan at 2011's absurdist peak -- said this time around, the debate would focus on what he had done, not who he was. "From my point of view, when a sitting member of a town board, agency or commission is nominated for reappointment, the most important criterion for reappointment is the individual's accomplishments or track record while serving," she said in an email to Greenwich Time. She declined to address Dell'Abate's bid specifically, saying he had yet to be officially nominated. The full RTM in 2011 voted to appoint Dell'Abate by a nearly 2-to-1 margin -- 119 votes to 64, with seven abstentions. "I do have to say, after all of the brouhaha from last time, once I finally got to the meetings, the board is a really great group of people," Dell'Abate said. "The process was difficult, but it's been really great to be here."