Debate features candidates for Middletown Supervisor

By Brian Sweeney
A moderated debate among four Middletown supervisory candidates is set for Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Arkville Firehall.

The debate will feature three candidates running on the Independent line - Marge Miller, Joe Moskowitz, both of Arkville, and Wayd Jaquish of Fleischmanns. A fourth candidate is Jake Rosa of Arkville, who is seeking election as a write-in.

The Catskill Mountain News is sponsoring the debate. Halcott Center resident Mark Birman will serve as moderator. The debate will follow the League of Women Voters format.

The debate is being organized by the News because of the unique situation involving four candidates seeking to replace Middletown Supervisor Len Utter. After 12 years in office, Supervisor Utter decided not to seek another term.

All four candidates are area natives.

Mr. Rosa is currently a member of the Middletown Town Board, having been elected two years ago. He has served as deputy supervisor for the past year. He operates Dry Brook Custom Sawing and Logging.

Mr. Moskowitz ran against Supervisor Utter in the 2005 election. He is retired from a TV broadcasting career and has operated Arkville Bikeville and Casey Joe’s Coffee Shop in recent years since moving back to the Catskills on a full-time basis.

This is the first time that Mr. Jaquish has run for public office. He assists in a family-owned appliance sales and service business.

Ms. Miller is also making her first attempt at public office. She was a singer and actress in New York City and also owned several apartment buildings in the city. She returned to the area as a permanent resident about seven years ago.

Catskill Mountain News personnel will select debate questions. Anyone who has a question to submit for consideration, is invited to e-mail to: no later than Friday, Oct. 21 at 5 p.m.

The debate, which will be broadcast live on WIOX Radio in Roxbury (91.3) and on MTC Cable Channel 10, will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Audience members are asked to arrive at the firehall by 6:45 p.m.

Free cider and donuts will be provided courtesy of the Catskill Mountain News.