2017 Endorsed Local Candidates

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Nicholas D’Alessandro

East Fishkill Town Supervisor

I have been a small business owner in the town of East Fishkill for over 20 years and during this time I have learned many things, but in particular, the customer always comes first. This has made me successful in the restaurant business and I have put forth this work ethic into the political arena with our town residents.

In 2012 the people of the Town of East Fishkill honored me by electing me to the Town Board. Since then I have shown them what it takes to make tough decisions while keeping spending down and continuing the Towns services. I have, and always will, put our town residents first. I have gained a lot of knowledge over the past six years and truly feel well informed while understanding the hard work it takes, and time investment, to make this town an ideal place to live. Not all of the decisions we make are easy, and none of them are taken lightly, but I will continue to work hard for our residents and never give up on what matters most to them. I assure you, that if elected for the Town Supervisor position, I will continue to devote, time, effort and energy for my constituents and serve them to the best of my ability. Home is the best place to be, especially if you live in East Fishkill. 

All my business experience has also helped me, especially when we are working on economic conditions in the town. I started a new television show on our own channel 22 called Spotlight on East Fishkill. Every month myself and Councilman Franco interview and highlight two local businesses. This has been a huge success for the businesses and the town people love to watch it.

I have assisted with many economic development affairs and have positive dialogues with decision makers who wish to call East Fishkill their home for their business. I am the liaison to the Planning And Zoning Departments in the Town. Economic development is the cornerstone of a towns growth and I will continue to be a steward in this area. We have never broken the Tax Cap and I will continue this conservative financial approach into the future.  I am very enthusiastic about the opportunity to be the next town supervisor, because I love this town.

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John Jackson

East Fishkill Town Board

John is a lifelong resident of East Fishkill, has been married for​ ​18 years and has two young children. He along with his three brothers​ ​operate the Shenandoah Farm on Jackson Rd which has been in the​ ​family for 125 years while actively farming four rental properties at​ ​separate locations in East Fishkill. He is a lifelong attendee of the​ ​Bethel Baptist Church of Shenandoah and has been an active member​ ​for the last 23 years, currently serving as Chairman of Deacons.

John has been a volunteer fireman for 25 years and has served as​ ​Assistant Chief of the Wiccopee Fire Co. and 1st Assistant Chief of​ ​the East Fishkill Fire District. He has served on the Fire Advisory​ ​Board for 20 years faithfully attending the monthly meetings and​ ​working with many different town department heads and town​ ​officials on a number of projects that have been completed during his tenure. He currently serves as Chairman of the Fire Advisory Board.

John believes that his accomplishments, especially his experience​ ​as a member of the East Fishkill Fire Advisory Board has helped​ ​prepare him for the job of Town Councilman. He and his family have​ ​been a big part of our town’s history and he continues to be involved​ ​in the day to day events that shape our town and hopes to be a big part​ ​of its future. John has proven to have a respected work ethic and if​ ​elected as town councilman he will work hard to be a voice of reason for the Town of East Fishkill.

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Carol Hurray

East Fishkill Town Clerk

During my first term I had technology installed to increase the efficiency of our daily operations.   Within the first 30 days of taking office I had the BAS Town Clerk System installed and operating. During the past 8 years I have continued to build upon the technology that was implemented. I will continue to use technology to enhance the service within my office.

I have been an active member of Dutchess County Town Clerks Association for 8 years. For the past 5 years I have served on the Executive Board as Treasurer.

Much of what is required of the Town Clerk’s Office is mandated by state and local laws. I will continue to serve my constituents in the effective, courteous and timely manner in which I have been doing for the past eight years.

I believe that I possess the professional qualifications and experience to continue to serve you as Town Clerk.   I would appreciate your continued support and vote on November 3rd.

Russell Liebler

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 1

Russell Liebler at a glance:

  • A resident of East Fishkill since 1978
  • Retired from Dutchess County where he worked as an auditor in the Comptroller’s Office
  • Performed audits and reviewed capital payments to assure taxpayer funds were spent appropriately
  • Active member of the East Fishkill Republican Committee for over 10 years and was the Committee Chairman for 8 years
  • Formerly Treasurer of Cub Scout pack 48
  • Formerly a member of Dutchess Outreach Board of Directors (a local social service agency)
  • Currently a Board of Directors member of DC 10-13 (a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Law Enforcement members in need)
  • A USAF Viet Nam veteran who strongly believes in our Republic and its elective form of Government

Russell Liebler is a strong proponent of small government and fiscal responsibility, Russ will continue to support elected officials that encourage economic growth and pledge to keep taxes low and maintain the quality services that East Fishkill offers.  Russ truly believes that East Fishkill is a great place to live and will continue to work to maintaining that credo.

Sherry Metzger-Caldwell

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 1

Sherry Metzger-Caldwell grew up in Hillside Lake.  During that time Sherry made life-long relationships with people who live(d) there.  As a child, she spent her weekends helping out on the family farm located across the street from Hillside Lake.  When old enough, she then began working at the family business, locally established in the Town of East Fishkill.  After high school, she attended Dutchess Community College, receiving an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, then continuing on to Stony Brook University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology.  Because of her strong family connections, Sherry decided not to move away and to continue living in the Town of East Fishkill.  She is a small business owner, along with her husband, and continues to work at the family’s business.

Sherry is currently your Republican Committee representative for District 1, which covers Hillside Lake and some surrounding roads.  If allowed to continue on the Committee, Sherry will continue to keep the residents of East Fishkill as her priority.  Being a resident of Hillside Lake and having such a strong foundation in the Town of East Fishkill, you can be assured she will continue to support what’s best for the residents.

 

Bruce Coneeny

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 2

Bruce Coneeny at a glance:
• Graduate of Arlington High School and Dutchess County Community College
• U. S. Navy Veteran
• East Fishkill Pop Warner Coach
• Former East Fishkill Police Sgt.
• Former East Fishkill Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad Lt.
• Decorated Retired Chief of Detectives, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office
• Lifetime member of Dutchess County Sheriff PBA
• Member of American Legion – Vietnam Veterans
• Member of Hudson Valley Police Emerald Society
• Trustee of the Dutchess County 10-13 Foundation
• Certified Hospice Volunteer

Bruce Coneeny is married to his wife Kim for 43 years and has 3 children living in Dutchess County.  Bruce is a long time member of the East Fishkill Republican Committee as your committee representative.  Bruce has worked for over 25 years in County politics and has been involved in numerous issues regarding the people and communities of East Fishkill & Dutchess County.  I look forward to receiving your support in this election and continuing to represent you on the Republican Committee.

Tom Dietz

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 2

Tom Dietz at a glance:
• East Fishkill resident for 20 years and a lifelong resident of Dutchess County
• Parishioner of Saint Columba Church
• Served as Town of East Fishkill Prosecutor for 2 years
• Former Board Member of Family Services, Youth Resource Development Corporation, ARC DC, Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
• Member and former President of the East Fishkill Republican Club
• Coached East Fishkill softball & basketball and St. Columba CYO basketball
• Current member of the East Fishkill Republican Committee

Tom Dietz has resided in Hopewell Junction since marrying his wife, a lifelong Hopewell Junction resident, 20 years ago.  Tom became involved in youth sports and joined the East Fishkill Republican Club shortly thereafter.  While working with and becoming involved with people who keep the town running smoothly, either in recreation or government, Tom learned from them what has made East Fishkill a great place to live and raise a family.  He knows it is important to find qualified candidates and good people in order to make sure the issues that face the Town are dealt with smartly and in the best interests of our community.

 

Dr. Amjad Nesheiwat

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 4

Dr. Amjad Nesheiwat is a longtime resident of East Fishkill.  Just over 20 years ago, he relocated his young family and private dental practice to Hopewell because after a search of the area, he quickly saw that Hopewell was a wonderful place to raise a family.  He is an active member in the community, serving as his Church council president and also as your current committee representative for District 4.  He is a strong supporter of local sports teams and has made it a personal commitment to give back to the community, continuously helping those that are less fortunate.

Amjad is a strong supporter of Republican ideals and has worked tirelessly to support the best Republican candidates at both the Town and County levels.  With your support, he will continue to represent you on the East Fishkill Republican Committee and work on your behalf to identify & support strong Republican candidates to keep East Fishkill great.  

To this day, Dr. Nesheiwat still feels Hopewell is a great place to raise a family and pledges to work hard to keep it that way.

Anil (A.J.) Beephan

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 4

Anil (A.J) Beephan at a glance:

  • A long-time resident of East Fishkill
  • An active member of the community through his work as a representative to a republican New York State Senator
  • A volunteer fireman with over six years of service to the residents of East Fishkill. During that time, he was unanimously elected to the position of second lieutenant
  • Previously held a three-year fellowship with the Republican National Committee. Has worked on numerous local, state, and nation-wide campaigns
  • Obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science
  • Actively pursuing a master’s degree in business management

Anil, commonly known as A.J., is a long-time resident of East Fishkill. Since the age of seventeen, he has served our community with distinction as a volunteer fireman. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Anil continued his work in public service as a Community Representative to the Office of Senator Sue Serino. He has also fulfilled a three-year fellowship with the Republican National Committee where he assisted with numerous local, state, and national races. As an ambitious employee and campaigner, Anil plans to bring his diligent work ethic to the East Fishkill Republican Committee.

Marianne Wood

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 5

As District 5 Leader, I will serve as your representative to the Republican
Party. Your concerns and recommendations will be heard, to make East Fishkill a better place to live.

Platform:
* Support keeping taxes under the tax cap
* Support maintaining a local police force
* Support strong recreation programs for youth of all abilities
* Support delivering services in an efficient manner to the residents of East Fishkill

Experience:
* Active in Republican Party, 30 years
* East Fishkill Republican District Leader, 25+ years
* Resident East Fishkill, 37 years
* Member, St. Columba Parish, 37 years
* Resident Carmel Central School District, 37 years

Education:
* Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.), St. John’s University
* Special Educator, 35 years

David Minasi

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 5

David Minasi has been a lifelong East Fishkill resident with his family who
have lived and owned property for 3 generations in our town. He attended
St. Denis St. Columba School and is a parishioner at the church. David
graduated John Jay High school and then received an Associates Degree
in Criminal Justice/Law. For many years he worked hard for his father’s
business “Forest Glen Homes, Inc.” and he now works as a construction
mechanic at “Consolidated Edison”.

David is a member of the East Fishkill Republican Club and is always
there to lend a hand for the Republican Party. Whether it’s the fundraising
spaghetti dinner, lobster bake or a town caucus, David is always there for
East Fishkill. Fighting for his beliefs is nothing foreign, David is a very dedicated and professional young man who wants the Republican Party’s principles and ethics to thrive in his home town of East Fishkill, ensuring it stays “a great place to live.”

 

Tom Franco

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 10

Bob Wienert

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 10

George Salem

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 12

George Salem and his wife Sue have been homeowners and taxpayers in East Fishkill since 1991.  They have three children that have graduated from Arlington Schools and are working towards college degrees. A lifelong Republican, George has a history of volunteering and public service. He was previously chairman and a board member for the East Fishkill Conservation Advisory Council, board member of the Hospice Foundation, President of the Arlington Education Foundation and various other not for profit organizations serving the community.  

George has taken his responsibility as a Republican Committee person very seriously. It is important for our elected officials to share the same Republican values and appreciate the challenges homeowner’s face trying to raise their family and pay their taxes. George is committed to making sure that homeowners and families are represented and heard when it comes to choosing good Republican candidates.  

Bill Humphrey

East Fishkill Republican Committee – District 12

William Humphrey has been a resident of East Fishkill for over 20 years.  Bill has been a member of the East Fishkill Republican Committee since 2007.  Bill works hard to ensure that the Town and County Republican candidates, that the committee supports, are fiscally and morally responsible to the people of East Fishkill.

As a local small business owner, Bill has a connection with the residents of East Fishkill and listens to what is important to them.   He understands their desire to keep East Fishkill a great place to live.

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John Metzger

Dutchess County Legislator – District 12

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Donna Bolner

Dutchess County Legislator – District 13

Growing up in the shadow of Will Rogers, in Oologah, Oklahoma, cheering under the “Friday Night Lights” in Odessa, Texas, and tasting my first leadership role in the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma are moments in my life which have led me to establish roots in Dutchess County.   The people, beauty, and history of Dutchess County help me to connect my prior experiences to serving our residents. As an elected representative of Dutchess County District 13 since 2010 and assistant majority leader, I have worked with many devoted community residents on several county and town committees.

I am honored to continue to serve on community committees, such as LaGrange Recreation Board and the Wappinger Challenger Committee which turned Dutchess County Community Block Grants into a rubberized surface Little League field. As liaison to the Dutchess County Citizen’s Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence, I have witnessed the impact of system wide assessments on domestic violence services leading to change and prompting a regional roundtable discussion. As chairman of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force, I have the honor of working with community members dedicated to educating residents regarding the prevention of tick borne disease, as well as advocating for improved treatment avenues for patients. Last year’s Tick Task Force Education Forum has led to expanding access of information this May through a live webinar.

I believe the first step in solid representation is to be a good neighbor. Good neighbors create neighborhoods where people want to live, which link together and establish great communities. Great communities are a hallmark of Dutchess County and knit together our past, present and future. As an elected representative, wife, and mother I strive to serve others and think local first.

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Margaret Horton

Dutchess County Legislator – District 21

As your Dutchess County Legislator for the last 13 years, I have a proven voting record of being for lower taxes and smaller government, — in particular, a government that focuses on efficiently performing key functions such as the Sherriff’s Department, Emergency Services, maintenance of county roads, bridges and parks, and services to our local veterans, seniors, youth and families in need.

Over the years, this has meant carefully scrutinizing every budget and spending proposal to weigh its true merits or flaws.   In some cases, — like the current 2015 county budget, which performs all the key government functions while at the same time reducing county property taxes, — I have been an enthusiastic “yes” vote.   In other cases, — like some past budgets which included tax increases that I opposed, — I was an adamant “no” vote.

In all cases, my “yes” or “no” votes were based on serving your best interests, both as county taxpayers and as county residents who rely on key county government functions.

I currently chair the Family & Human Services Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature, — a committee which I have served on for all of my 13 years in the County legislature. This committee does important work in the areas of community services, family services, youth services, domestic violence prevention, veterans affairs, mental health & hygiene, Office for the Aging, and the Board of Health. These government activities directly affect almost every family and person in Dutchess County in one way or another, . . . and because of that, I put my full heart and soul into seeing that these activities are done right.

I also serve on the Public Safety Committee of the Dutchess County Legislature and I am a steadfast supporter of our Sherriff’s Department and other local law enforcement. I am a member of the Council on Addiction and Prevention Education (CAPE) and I am an advocate for their work and the work by local law enforcement in the fight against heroin and other substance abuse. I have also recently assisted the East Fishkill Police Department in obtaining a grant to fund anti-drug programs in our local schools.

I am 100% committed to serving you as best I can.   It has been a great honor to represent you in the Dutchess County Legislature, . . . and I humbly ask for your support to continue serving you for another two years.

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John Thomes

Dutchess County Legislator – District 23

I wish to raise money in the private sector to restore the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program in Dutchess County. I feel that money given now to keep this program flourishing will ultimately help in a big way to save money in the future by helping to keep young people from going down the wrong road and having to be incarcerated, a big drain on the county’s money. As the song goes “Teach them well and let them point the way.”

I also want to continue the Dutchess Rail Trail down through Beekman and continue through the Whaley Lake/Holmes area. I have run on the rail trails and I am very impressed that they are relatively easy to maintain, and they get a lot of use year round. The Walkway Over The Hudson is a great asset to our people, and I think the Whaley Lake/Holmes section, if created, could eventually join the up with Putnam County.

Both of these projects are massive, but I believe I am on the right track.

When I first started running for the county office, I had a conversation with the co-owners of Valley Auto Parts in Pawling, Rodney and Tom. They expressed to me that the high taxes in Dutchess County (Town, Village, School, and County) were driving people and businesses out of the area, and I have heard this from many, many more people. I have remembered that talk we had during my past 3 terms, and I have listened to each vote on our agenda. I have not voted against every spending issue, as some of them are necessary, but I have, and will remain vigilant; I don’t want to spend your tax dollars, or mine, unless I can see a very worthwhile reason.

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Jim Coughlan

Dutchess County Comptroller

Jim is a multi-lingual attorney with almost 25 years leadership and management experience in the private and public sector. As Comptroller, he is currently responsible for managing a $425 Million annual budget; interacts daily with government agencies and promotes best business practices throughout county government.

Jim brings the strength of his private and public sector background to the Office of Comptroller. He has insisted upon “best practices” to ensure an efficient County government that is responsive to the needs of its residents by taking on the tough issues of spending.

With the current budget environment, it is now more important than ever to exercise fiscal responsibility. The Office of Comptroller does not set policy, but Jim has continually spotlighted the activities of County government and informed the taxpayers of any fiscal or procedural irregularities. He will continue to use the Office to assess the cost of those policies and remind all, especially the taxpayers, of the economic realities involved.

Jim clearly understands the purpose and business of government and has restructured the Office of Comptroller to serve as a true advocate on behalf of the people of Dutchess County. He has been their voice concerning spending; government waste and inefficiencies and the need for balanced budgets.

Jim, 49, is a graduate of Providence College and Roger Williams Law School. For 9 years he managed business units throughout Asia; and, for 5 years he practiced Finance and Patent Litigation in New York City. His specialty is Japanese and Chinese infringement.

Coughlan (R,C,I)  has run twice with the Republican and Conservative Party lines for Dutchess County Comptroller and ran unopposed, with the additional Independence endorsement, for a second term in 2013. He lives in Rhinecliff with his wife, Sharon and his son, Wesley.

Linda Murray

NYS Supreme Court Judge