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ANDES

Four people are running to fill two seats on the Andes Town Board.

First-time candidates John Ciccone will appear on the Democratic and Independent lines and William Duke is running on the Main Street Party line.

Former board member Ritchie Gabriel is running on the Republican line and incumbent Dale Cole is running for reelection on the Democratic and Independent lines.

Longtime Superintendent of Highways Mike McAdams is retiring. Running for his position are Republican and Community Party member John Bouton and Jason Mondore, who is running on the All Work No Party line.

Current board member Tom Joyce is not seeking re-election, but is running for one of two justice positions. The name of James Lapore Jr. appears on the ballot, but he has since withdrawn from the town board race.

In uncontested races, incumber Supervisor Wayland “Bud” Gladstone is running unopposed on the Democratic and Independent People’s Choice party lines.

Democrat Thomas Joyce and Nicholas Burton are running for two justice positions. Both are also running under the Independent Andes Justice Free Thinking Party line.

William Duke is making his first run at elected office, seeking at seat on the Andes Town Board.

After owning a home Arkville for a few years, he moved to Andes 2013 ago to with his wife, Madonna Badger. On the old Hyzer Farm he established the Willow Drey Farm wedding/ event venue. He also operates four Airbnb rentals in the Hamlet of Andes and he runs the new Streamside Studio in the community. Mr. Duke is a retired real estate executive from Brooklyn.

He is running on the independent Main Street Party line.

While he has not served in an elected capacity, Mr. Duke feels a strong allegiance to the township since his relocation.

“I have great deal invested in the town; my wife says ‘I’m all in for Andes,’” he noted.

“I basically want to keep the taxes low, by working to expand the tax base. I’d like to help build the town’s economy in the area of tourism and assist with attracting more young people and retirees to move into the community,” Mr. Duke explained.

The candidate said he’d also like to establish a citizens’ advisory council to explore ideas for attracting light manufacturing jobs to Andes. He also pointed to low-impact businesses such as fashion design companies that could move in and bring jobs. He noted that Andes currently is home to a company that produces catalog photography.

“I think with high-speed Internet, we have a chance of getting more young people moving into the area,” Mr. Duke commented. “To attract retirees, we need better public transportation. But, we need better cell service for those things to occur.”

“Overall, I want to help keep taxes low, while at the same time preserving the astounding beauty of the landscape we have here,” stated Mr. Duke. “I want to also keep the look, tone and feel of Andes intact.”

John Ciccone is running on the Democrat and Independent (No Change) party lines for a seat on the Andes Town Board.

Mr. Ciccone has been an Andes property owner for nearly seven years and moved here full-time with his wife, Robyn, a year ago. He is retired after operating a family-owned manufacturing and powder coating facility in Toms River, NJ for many years. His career also includes 15 years as a supervisor for Westinghouse.

He and his wife decided to make a permanent move to Andes for a better quality of life after he lost five longtime friends who died within the span of about a year.

The Ciccones are currently renovating a building on Main Street, Andes and plan to open a coffee bar and boutique on the ground floor and offer two Airbnb apartments upstairs in spring 2018.

A friend asked him to consider running for the board.

“My best trait is that I’m not a yes man. I analyze everything and make good decisions,” he explained. “I want to do the right thing for the people of the town.

Mr. Ciccone feels his experience in looking at all sides of issues and his years as a business owner and manager would be beneficial.

“I want to help in any way I can, for the board to develop a strong working relationship with the highway department, as well as represent the people of Andes and their real-time needs, with real-time solutions,” he explained.

He also stressed that he loves Andes and the rural atmosphere.

“”My Independent line is called ‘No Change,’ because I like it they way it is here – I want it to remain the way it is,” he stated.

If elected, Mr. Ciccone said he would donate his town board salary to the Andes Food Bank or other Andes charity functions.

Ritchie Gabriel is a Republican candidate for the Andes Town Board.

Mr. Gabriel served on the board from 1988-2012 and feels that his 24 years of experience will be key if he’s elected for a new term. He’s retired after working 37 years at Delhi College.

During his time on the board, Mr. Gabriel cited among his top accomplishments coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the town in recovering from widespread damage result from a series of major floods from 1996-2011.

“We worked closely with FEMA to implement millions of dollars of emergency funding reimbursements to repair highway infrastructure and related damage,” he noted.

He also noted his experience helping steer the design and completion of the new highway garage between 2007-2009.

Mr. Gabriel said that while serving on the board, he was involved in at least four negotiations on behalf of management for new agreements with the CSEA employees. He also served on the highway, pool and building committees.

He thinks it will be a priority for the board to help guide the new superintendent of highways, because both candidates for the job are not experienced.

“One reason I want to get back on the board is because we are going to have new highway superintendent and I want to see a smooth transition of leadership and staff,” Mr. Gabriel explained.

He continued, “Almost 80 percent of the town’s budget is related to the highway department and I want to see expenses allocated properly.”

In general, Mr. Gabriel, “wants to stay informed on upcoming issues, and use my experience to be a watchdog and keep budget increases to a minimum.”

He added, “I have the experience of being on the board for 24 years and knowing what can and can’t be done.”

Dale Cole is an incumbent member of the Andes Town Board. Elected in 2013, Mr. Cole is running on the Democratic and Independent “Maroon and White” party lines.

He previously served eight years at the chairman of the Town of Andes Democratic Committee and was defeated by a narrow margin when challenging Supervisor Marty Donnelly in 2005.

Mr. Cole is retired after working many years as a rural mail carrier. He is currently in his seventh year serving as an assistant coach at South Kortright Central.

Mr. Cole cited a number of areas where the board is working to make a positive impact.

“Along with our normal business, we are looking for ways to improve the economy. The walking trails are great, Airbnb rentals are popping up all over, the cidery is busy, the brewery opening is just around the corner, the secondary roads are getting paved and cell service is getting closer. The rail station is receiving its final touches and the gazebo is getting a lot of use,” he pointed out.

If re-elected, Mr. Cole listed several priority items.

“We are trying to save the Corner Store building and the mansion across from the library from collapsing; they are probably our two most historic buildings in Andes and they need urgent care,” Mr. Cole explained.

He continued, “We are also in the early stages of utilizing solar heat for the town buildings and we’ll be providing residents with information on solar power.”

Reflecting on his time on the town board, Mr. Cole stated, “I like to think I have a lot of perseverance; I’ve made all monthly meetings. When I say I am going to do something, I do it. Before every vote I say to myself, ‘Is this the best thing for the people of Andes?’”

Jason Mondore is running for the position of Andes superintendent of highways on the Independent All Work, No Party line.

A dairy farmer, Mr. Mondore has served as commissioner in the Andes Fire Department, as a member of the Andes Central School Board of Education and has worked as the town dog control officer.

If elected, Mr. Mondore said his goals would be to build a highway department team “that can safely and effectively work together to keep our roads as good as they have been for the last 16 years under retiring Superintendent of Highways Mike McAdams.”

He continued, “I would work hard with my staff to keep our roads as safe as possible for our the children on our school buses, the elderly and everyone else traveling our roads, in all types of weather. Naturally, it’s important to keep the roads in top condition for our fire department volunteers and emergency medical services providers, so they can respond to scenes quickly and safely.”

Mr. Mondore said that his many years working as a dairy farmer have conditioned him to long hours of hard work. He explained that his work on various boards has “taught me a lot about the budgeting process and all that goes into a budget.”

He said that it’s important to utilize highway department funding in the most efficient manner possible, working to keep equipment in good repair and always looking to make equipment purchases in the most cost-efficient manner possible. Communication with staff and community members will also be key, as will keeping the town board informed about important departmental decisions.

“I have the desire to try to fill Mike McAdams’ shoes and continue the work he’s done and maintain the roads as well as the day he did the work,” Mr. Mondore concluded.

John Bouton is running on the Republican and Independent Community Party lines in the race for Andes superintendent of highways.

Mr. Bouton brings nearly two decades of highway department experience in his bid to fill the town’s top highway job. He worked more than 10 years for the Delaware County Department of Public Works and for the past nine years has been an employee of the Andes Highway Department.

Asked why he’s running for office, Mr. Bouton said with the retirement of longtime Superintendent of Highway Mike McAdams, he felt the situation was right.

“We have a gentleman who is retiring and I feel it’s time for me to step up to the plate and give back to my town,” he explained.

If elected, Mr. Bouton said he’d like to see the board and the highway department establishment a plan to implement a rotation program so that trucks and equipment are replaced according to a long-term schedule. He feels that not every purchase needs to involve new inventory.

Among the other priorities that Mr. Bouton would like to see are improving the quality of roads in Andes and keeping an open line of communication with the community and town board.

Regarding his accomplishments during his career in the highway field, Mr. Bouton said that while working for the Andes Highway Deparment, he was put in charge of a scrap metal fund and the proceeds were earmarked for him to purchase more tools for the staff. He also set up a work sheet program to help the department maintain records of repairs and basic costs.

Mr. Bouton said his ability to work with others will be very helpful, if he’s elected.

“I get along very well with people and the employees that we have there. I have their backing support,” he stated.

BOVINA

In the Town of Bovina, all races are uncontested.

Republican Supervisor Tina Mole is running for another two-year term.

Incumbents Democrats Evelyn Stewart Barnhart and Marni Greenberg running unopposed for re-election.

Republican Town Clerk Catherine Hewitt is seeking another term as is Democratic Superintendent of Highways Edward Weber.

MIDDLETOWN

In the Town of Middletown, there are races for supervisor and the town board.

Former supervisor Marge Miller is running on the Democratic and the Indendent Catskills Party lines against incumbent Republican Supervisor Carl Patrick Davis.

In the race for two town board seats, newcomers are Julia Reischel, who is running on the Democratic and Independent Middletown Matters lines and Charles Bush, who is running as a Republican. Incumbent Republican Jake Rosa is running on the Republican and Independent Square Deal party lines.

Uncontested races include John Fairbairn III, a Demcrat, running for re-election as town justice. Republican Joseph Todd is running unopposed for another term as assessor and Democratic and Middletown Matters party candidate Miguel Martinez is seeking to fill a two-year assessor vacancy.

Marge Miller is running for Town Supervisor on the Democratic and Catskills 1st Independent lines. A former two-term Supervisor for the Town, during her tenure Miller served on the Board of Delaware Opportunities, on the County’s Social Service, Public Works, and Legislative Committees and as a member of the Delaware County Core Group. While Supervisor, she also chaired the East Branch Flood Commission and was an alternate member of the Coalition of Watershed Towns’ Board.

Miller, who was born and raised in Margaretville and New Kingston, and whose family owned a pharmacy on Main Street Margaretville for over 60 years, lived for two decades in New York City, where she spent 10 years on the board of a 60- unit UWS NYC co-op, nine of them as President. Miller graduated from Syracuse University after completing 13 years at MCS. She has been endorsed by Eleanor’s Legacy and Trailblazers PAC, and says that her “campaign is dedicated to public service, not politics.”

As Town Supervisor, Miller says her “four budgets (2013 - ‘16) were under the two percent Tax Cap while adding community benefits, such as support funding for the Food Pantry,” and the board adopted the Rte 28 Scenic by-way Plan. She urged the board to join NYMIR, a municipal insurance cooperative, saving the Town $7,000 in 2013 alone, wrote over $150k in grant requests and supported the Catskill Rec Center construction. While Supervisor the Board also updated policies and procedures and created the first town website.

If re-elected, Miller intends to focus on economic development. Another issue she would like to continue to work toward is greater transparency and accountability to county residents in Delhi from the Board of Supervisors and its committees.

Miller believes qualities that make her stand out are her experience, commitment, dedication, and intelligence, as well as her “willingness to approach what is considered by many to be a part-time job as a full-time vocation.”

Middletown Supervisor Carl Patrick Davis is running for reelection on the Republican and Independent Red, White and Blue party lines.

Mr. Davis said he’s proud of the accomplishments that he’s worked closely with the board to achieve during his first two years in office. He previously served about 13 years as the Middletown code enforcement officer before being elected supervisor.

“I think we have a really good board and we work well together. We have the common goals of improving conditions in our local communities, providing ample support for our highway department and always trying to keep taxes reasonable,” Mr. Davis stated.

He said one of the board’s most significant achievements during his tenure was challenging the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s attempt to obtain a steep reduction in assessments on the sewage transmission lines in Arkville and Margaretville.

Working closely with the board, the town was able to successfully challenge the DEP’s assessment reduction. Instead of lowering the assessment to about $2 million, the town was able to have the figure raised to about $15 million. This change helps shift a greater portion of the town’s tax obligations to the city.

Mr. Davis also cited working with the board to obtain a $70,000 grant through Sen. Seward’s office to fund a new roof for the town’s salt shed.

“This is another big tax savings for our residents,” he noted.

The supervisor said he’s hopeful that Middletown can secure a $50,000 Clean Communities Grant to make town buildings more efficient — saving taxpayer dollars by lowering utility bills. The board is currently in the application process for this funding, he said.

“I’m raising my family here and I want to continue making Middletown a place where young people want to stay and where we can continue to enjoy a nice quality of life,” the supervisor concluded.

HARDENBURGH

In Hardenburgh, incumbent Supervisor Jerry Fairbairn is facing a write-in challenge at the polls next week. Now serving his 18th year in the post, Fairbairn says design and over sight of a new Town Hall, over sight and record keeping of nine FEMA declared disasters and over sight of sand & salt storage structures are his major accomplishments. He served as a liaison for the Community Rising $3 million Grant Award and Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District DEP sponsored Stream Management Grants.Paul Ohsberg, a New York Stock Exchange Specialist and former partner with Lawrence, O’Donnell, Marcus & Co. LLC was recruited by community members to run as a write in candidate after they were denied the opportunity to get a candidate on the Republican line of the election ballot. Ohsberg, who handles a mail Highway Contract Route previously served one term as Town Supervisor He told the News his success at reduction of health care costs and upgrading office technology to be more efficient were his greatest accomplishments in office.

ROXBURY

The only contested race in the Town of Roxbury involves three candidates vying for two seats on the town board. Ken “Macker” Davie is running on the Democratic and Independent lines seeking his first term on the board. Longtime incumbent Republicans Gene Cronk and Allen Hinkley are both seeing re-election.

In other Roxbury balloting, veteran Democratic Supervisor Thomas Hynes is running unopposed. He has served as supervisor for 34 years.

Democratic incumbent Town Justice Wayne Pebler is running for re-election with no opposition. Democrat Bonnie Walker is running unopposed for the tax collector position.

Ken “Macker” Davie is running for a town board position in on the Democratic and Independent Helper’s Party lines.

Ken works at the operations manager at Plattekill Mountain, where he has been employed full-time for the past 18 years. For the past eight years, he has served as chief of the Roxbury Fire Department.

Regarding his decision to run for a board position, Mr. Davie said he’s interested in serving he community at an important time.

“I really care about the town and its people and I believe there’s always a way to go upward and forward and don’t get complacent,” he stated.

He added, “I’m a believer, I ask a lot of questions, have an imagination and feel it’s important to lead, not follow.”

Mr. Davie continued, “I've always have been out-going, fair and not afraid to get dirty. I ran my own business, Macker Auto Repair in Roxbury, for almost 10 years and that job provided important experience in dealing with the public and helping overcome problems.”

If elected, Mr. Davie said he would be committed to helping the community grow in a positive manner.

“I would try to work hard to make the Town of Roxbury prosper. During my career working as a manager at Plattekill, I often deal with fixing complex issues and also work closely with customers and employees. I think these skills would prove useful on the town board, as we work to make decisions for the betterment of the township.

Gene Cronk is running for re-election to the Roxbury Town Board on the Republican line.

Mr. Cronk has served 16 years on the town board. A native of Roxbury, he has worked in the appliance sales and repair business for 40 years.

During his four terms on the board, Mr. Cronk said the most significant projects he’s been involved with helping to oversee are the extension of water and sewer lines from Grand Gorge to Roxbury and the planning and construction of a badly needed highway garage along Route 30.

Another achievement of which Mr. Cronk is proud is insisting that major purchases under consideration be put up for a public referendum. As an example, he recalled a proposal for the town to purchase a gravel bank. The plan was defeated and it turned out that amount of gravel at the location was minimal.

If voted in for another term, Mr. Cronk said one issue he’s like to see the board tackle is the disrepair of some sidewalks in the town’s hamlets. He would also be interested in the town developing a protocol for keeping sidewalks cleared during the winter, so that pedestrians aren’t forced to walk in the roadways when there’s a heavy snow accumulation.

“I first noticed when I was in Albany that they had a neat little V-plow used for clearing the sidewalks. I’d like to see that some day in the Town of Roxbury,” he explained.

Asked what strengths he brings to the board, Mr. Cronk said he’s proud to speak his mind, if an issue is brought before the board that he feels needs to be challenged.

“If I don’t think it’s right, I’ll bring it up — that’s what we’re there for. All I’ve got really to bring to the town is common sense,” Mr. Cronk stated.

Allen Hinkley is running on the Republican line for re-election to the Roxbury Town Board. He has served 16 years in that position.

Mr. Hinkley is a real estate broker and consultant to the wireless communications industry. He previously operated several businesses in the region, including two ski areas, and his family’s construction business.

He is a 30-plus-year veteran of the Roxbury Fire department (including a former chief) and the Roxbury Ambulance Squad.

While on the town board, Mr. Hinkley has served on the Personnel, Highway and Kirkside Park committees.

“I’ve been involved in many board projects, including the Roxbury sewer system, a new Grand Gorge water supply system, construction of a new highway garage, development of the Kirkside Park and renovation of the historic Kirkside barns and a full revaluation of the Roxbury property tax assessments,” Mr. Hinkley recalled.

If re-elected, he hopes to keeping working for Roxbury’s betterment.

“I believe that the biggest role of town government is to provide the support services such as quality roads and infrastructure, while still keeping taxes affordable. I will work to find ways that we can reduce local spending while still providing the necessary support services and infrastructure that our community requires,” explained Mr. Hinkley.

Mr. Hinkley added, “We need to do everything that we can to help our local businesses grow and expand to support community opportunities that are compatible with our rural character. It’s my belief that, if we can help our local business to grow and prosper, it will spread out to benefit the entire community by offering additional opportunities for all of our residents. We need to work hard to create and support job opportunities to sustain community growth.”

He sees support of Roxbury’s remaining working farms, wireless communications and expanded broadband services as key issues for the board to pursue.

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