DiSclafani, Stanley battle for Shandaken super's post
By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken voters will have several choices in the coming election, with races for supervisor, superintendent of highways, two town board seats, two town justices and two tax assessors.
Candidates include incumbent Democratic Supervisor Peter DiSclafani and Republican challenger Robert Stanley. For town council the candidates are incumbent Doris Bartlett and Barbara Redfield on the Democratic ticket, Jack Jordan and Pat Ellison on the Republican ticket, and Conservative Party candidate Randy Ostrander. For town highway superintendent, incumbent Eric Hofmeister, on the Democratic line, is running against former highway super Keith Johnson on the Republican line. For town justice the candidates are, Democrats Mike Miranda, an incumbent, and Amy Brown against incumbent Tom Crucet and Charles Frasier. Finally, for town assessor, there will be incumbent appointee Pete DiModica and Carol Seitz on the Democrat line versus John Horn and Joanne Kalb for the Republicans.
In the race for supervisor, Stanley is a Pine Hill resident who grew up in Shandaken. This year marks the last of his one and only four-year term on the town board. He has the endorsement of the Republican Party. Stanley, a partner in Stanley’s Plumbing along with his father, has two children.
DiSclafani is married and lives in Mount Tremper where he operates the Catskill Rose, a restaurant/lodge. He is also a chef. He is seeking his second, two-year term as supervisor.
In the five-way race for two town board seats, Jordan, who ran unsuccessfully for town board two years ago, is a former superintendent of schools and was most recently the interim principal at the Onteora Middle School. Jordan, who is married and lives in Pine Hill, is on the Board of Directors of the Shandaken Area Revitalization Project.
His running mate, Patricia Ellison, is a Phoenicia resident and practicing attorney. She has served on the Phoenicia Water District Committee and is a former Chairperson of the Shandaken Democratic Committee.
After running unsuccessfully for town board four years ago, Bartlett was appointed to the post last year to fill a vacancy. A Bushnellville resident, Bartlett is the founder of Mountain Business Services in Shokan. She has the endorsement of the Democratic Party.
Bartlett’s running mate is Oliverea resident and current planning board member Barbara Redfield. Redfield is on the Board of Directors of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.
With Conservative party endorsement is Shandaken native Randy Ostrander, who, like Bartlett, ran unsuccessfully for town board four years ago and is trying again this year. He is a logger and excavator by trade and lives in Chichester.
In the race for highway superintendent, Republican Keith Johnson will try and regain the post he held for two years before being unseated by current highway boss Hofmeister. Johnson, a Shandaken hamlet resident, is a long-standing member of the zoning board of appeals and is a professional logger/excavator.
Hofmeister, who owns a hardware store in Phoenicia, is a Chichester resident who has the endorsement of the Democratic Party.
In the four-way race for two town justice positions, Republican incumbent Crucet seeks another two-year term along with running mate Frasier. Crucet is an attorney and retired Marine who lives in Phoenicia where he practices law. Frasier is a Phoenicia resident and a professional surveyor who currently sits on the town planning board and is the former town clerk for the town of Shandaken.
Both are challenged by Democratic incumbent Mike Miranda, a Mount Tremper resident and an Assistant District Attorney in the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office. He is joined on the Democratic ticket by Amy Brown, another Mount Tremper resident who operates the Zen Mountain Monastery’s prison help program.
Republicans have endorsed Horn and Kalb for the two tax assessor positions. Horn ran unsuccessfully for the position two years ago. A Chichester resident, Horn started a firm in 1990 that helped reduce taxes for over assessed property owners, is a current member of the Shandaken Planning Board and is retired from a 27-year career with IBM.
Kalb, a Big Indian resident, currently works as a payroll manager for an Ulster County resort. She holds degrees in accounting and finance. She is also a member of the Shandaken Planning Board and the Phoenicia Rotary Club.
Democrats have endorsed DiModica, a former town supervisor who last summer was appointed to fill an assessor’s vacancy left by Rose Rotella, who resigned earlier this year. DiModica, a Pine hill resident who operates a furniture manufacturing business, is running with Seitz, a Phoenicia resident and head of the Woodland Valley Association.