Candidate forum planned for October 24

By Brian Sweeney
A Meet the Middletown Supervisory Candidates Forum, sponsored by the Catskill Mountain News, will be held Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

In an unprecedented occurrence, the Town of Middletown has four candidates running for supervisor: Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns and Marjorie Miller, Joe Moskowitz and Jake Rosa, all Arkville residents.

Republican Supervisor Len Utter decided not to seek re-election after 12 years in office, but no candidates filed petitions on the Republican or Democratic lines by the July deadline.

Mr. Jaquish, Ms. Miller and Mr. Moskowitz submitted petitions in August to have their names appear on the Independent ballot line. Mr. Rosa announced last month that he is seeking election as a write-in candidate.

Mr. Jaquish is employed in the family-run Jaquish Appliances, based in Fleischmanns. Ms. Miller is the director of the Bovina Public Library. Mr. Moskowitz owns and operates Casey Joe’s Coffeehouse in Arkville. Mr. Rosa is the proprietor of Dry Brook Custom Sawmilling and Logging in Arkville.
Announcing the moderated forum, News Publisher Richard Sanford said there were several factors that contributed to setting up the event.

“We have the very unusual circumstance of four candidates – none of them party-backed – running for the town’s top office,” Mr. Sanford pointed out. “That fact, coupled with very difficult economic times, makes the outcome of this election vitally important to the township.”

This is the first time that Mr. Jaquish and Ms. Miller have run for public office.

Mr. Moskowitz was an Independent candidate for supervisor against Mr. Utter in 2005 and lost by less than 100 votes.

Mr. Rosa, a Republican, was elected to the town board two years ago, defeating Democrat John Bernhardt. Mr. Rosa currently serves as the town’s deputy supervisor.

The forum will be moderated and the public is invited to Free cider and donuts will be provided at the candidates’ forum, complements of the Catskill Mountain News.