Rob Stanley endorsed by GOP
By Jay Braman Jr.
Shandaken Republicans unanimously endorsed councilman Rob Stanley Thursday to run for town supervisor in the November election.
With a turnout of about a hundred of the party’s faithful present at Glenbrook Park for the annual caucus, the Republicans managed to pull together a full slate of candidates, but barely so.
With no one interested in running for two tax assessor positions, the caucus was ready to leave those spots on the November ballot blank. But Pine Hill resident Al Frisenda warned his fellow Republicans that it would be a mistake because the party was literally handing both positions over to the Democrats.
At the last minute Chichester resident John Horn agreed to run, as did Shandaken resident Linda Arnold, with the latter only agreeing to run with the understanding her running only secured a place on the November ballot. Arnold hopes that a vacancy committee would find someone to replace her in the election.
With two town justice positions up for grabs this year, incumbent Tom Crucet was unanimously endorsed to seek another term on the bench. He will be joined on the ticket by Phoenicia resident Charles Frasier. Although he’s never been on the ballot, Frasier is no stranger to local politics or government. He is married to long-time Town Clerk Laurilyn Frasier and currently serves on the town planning board.
“I am honored to run with Justice Crucet,” Frasier said, adding that if elected he would be “fair, honest and impartial.”
Enrolled Democrat Patricia Ellison was unanimously endorsed to run for town council. Of all the candidates that spoke Ellison was the most critical of the current administration led by Democrat Peter DiSclafani. Ellison said that under DiSclafani Shandaken has developed a poor reputation in Ulster County.
“We’re known as a town that can’t do anything right,” she said.
Jack Jordan, also endorsed to run for town council, said that he can promote a positive feeling in town if elected. He stopped short of criticizing the current administration but Jordan, who ran for town board unsuccessfully two years ago, said that if elected he would be fiscally responsible and be accountable.
At the caucus the only real decision the Republicans had to make was for the position of highway superintendent. First-term Superintendent Eric Hofmeister sought Republican endorsement this year even though he ran two years ago under the Democratic banner. Back then he unseated Keith Johnson, a Republican that had been in the position for just one term.
Now Johnson is back for a rematch. The Republicans chose to endorse him over Hofmiester, who is expected to once again run on the Democratic line.
Stanley spoke of better times in Shandaken and asked people to have faith that better days lay ahead as well.
“I’m not here to relate to the ills of the town or administrations past or present. Most of us are aware of defunct cell towers, infrastructure issues and declining business throughout all of our hamlets,” he said. “All I ask is that we, as a town, divest ourselves of our prejudices in order to determine for ourselves the true character of the town and generously enlarge our view of the town beyond the present day.”