Our Endorsed Republican East Fishkill Elected Officials

150125 John Hickman

John Hickman

East Fishkill Town Supervisor

John was born and raised in East Fishkill. John worked in heavy construction for fourteen years; working on projects such as the North and South spans of the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge, the Croton Reservoir Project, and the NYC Aqueduct. Before his employment with the town he also owned his own small business, a motorcycle shop. It was during the recession of 1990 that John joined the East Fishkill Highway Department as a laborer. At that same time John began attending college at night.

In 1998 John was promoted to the position of Deputy Zoning Administrator where he worked in the Building Department and attended meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

In 2005 John ran for, and was elected to, the office of Town Supervisor and is presently serving his fifth term. In 2007 John received his Masters of Business Administration Degree from Marist College.

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Peter Cassidy

East Fishkill Town Board

Peter J. Cassidy has been a resident of the Town of East Fishkill for almost 30 years. He is a New York State Licensed Funeral Director. He serves as the Manager of the family business, McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. in Hopewell Junction, and also works at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc. He is the owner of Cassidy Memorials, Inc.

A parishioner of St. Columba Church, Peter is very involved in many organizations such as the Knights of Columbus (Past Grand Knight, Past Faithful Navigator, Knight of the Year) , East Fishkill Historical Society, East Fishkill Rotary Club (Past President, Paul Harris Fellow, Rotarian of the Year), and the East Fishkill Republican Club and Committee.

Peter is currently serving his fifth term as Councilman for the Town of East Fishkill. He was instrumental in establishing the Annual East Fishkill Community Day that he still co-chairs. Peter is married to Lori McHoul Cassidy. They have three daughters, Loretta Cassidy Rosa and her husband Josue, Carolyn Cassidy and Allison Cassidy; and a grandson, Joshua Rosa.

Peter is dedicated to keeping the Town of East Fishkill a great place to live, work and raise a family!

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Nicholas D’Alessandro

East Fishkill Town Board

Nicholas D’Alessandro has lived in East Fishkill since he was 2 years old. Nicholas owns and operates Nick’s Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta for over 18 years. Nicholas attended Western Connecticut State University where he studied Political Science and History.

Nicholas and his wife Judy volunteer at St. Columba Church, American Red Cross, Dutchess County Tourism, Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. Nicholas was the recipient of Dutchess County’s prestigious 40 under 40 award, where he was recognized for all his volunteer work. And with their twin children, Olivia and Nicholas, they all volunteer at their children’s school, St. Denis – St. Columba.

Nicholas is a true believer of the responsiveness of local government. He believes it should be affordable and puts its people first. Nicholas has served on the Town Board since 2011.

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Thomas Franco

East Fishkill Town Board

Thomas has been a Town Councilman since 2014.

He has worked as a Verizon Field Technician since 1996. Thomas received a Bachelors in Political Science from Marist College in 2006 and a Masters in Public Policy from New England College in 2009.

Thomas has been a member of both the East Fishkill Republican Club and East Fishkill Republican Committee since 2009. He served as President of the East Fishkill Republican Club from 2012 until 2013. Thomas is also the Chairman of Dutchess County 10-13 Foundation Inc. 501c3 non-profit that benefits law enforcement throughout Dutchess County.

William McClellan

East Fishkill Highway Superintendent

I started working at local farms when I was 12, and at 16 I joined Wiccopee Fire Company and the East Fishkill Fire District. I attended John Jay High School, Dutchess and Rockland Community Colleges, and graduated with a Degrees in Business and Fire Science. I was President of the Wiccopee Fire Company from 1995 to 2001. In 1999, I was honored to be elected by the residents of East Fishkill to the East Fishkill Fire District’s Board of Fire Commissioners. In 2010, I was appointed by my fellow commissioners to be the Chairman of the Board of Fire Commissioners in East Fishkill.

During my professional career, I was hired right out of school by Miller Brewing Company as an Operations Manager. In 1985, blessed with our son, Billy, our family moved back to Wiccopee, where I continued with my business, S&B Landclearing Corp. In 2004 I took on additional duties, working for Glenn Metzger in his construction business. In 2012 I was hired by The Town of East Fishkill as Highway Foreman to work with the Highway and Engineering Departments.

I have enjoyed the past 16 years as Commissioner of the East Fishkill Fire District, and if re-elected this fall I look forward to another term as commissioner!

But the most important election I face is coming this November, for the position of East Fishkill Highway Superintendent. As your Highway Superintendent, I will exhibit the same initiative and energy that has characterized my career and commitment as a volunteer fire fighter for the past 42 years.

I have and will continue to attend Town Board meetings, not only as an engaged citizen, but also because the Highway Department represents a significant portion of the municipal budget of East Fishkill. I will work, as I have all my life, as a member of the TEAM- with the Residents, the Town Board, all of the Departments at the Town Hall, the Police Department, the Fire District, and the Recreation Department. Ensuring the smooth operation of the Town of East Fishkill is a group effort! East Fishkill is a Great Place to Live- and to keep that title requires commitment, knowledge and teamwork by our elected officials, our volunteers, our employees, and our residents.

I have known Dennis Miller for 40 years, and graduated John Jay with his lovely wife Catie. I wish them all the happiness in their upcoming retirement, and I thank him for his endorsement and his confidence in me. I look forward to continuing Dennis’ legacy as your Highway Superintendent.

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Claudia Heckert

East Fishkill Receiver of Taxes

Claudia Heckert has been the Receiver of Taxes in East Fishkill since 2007. Her office oversees the collection of property taxes for all East Fishkill residents, school taxes for two of our four school districts, and the utility payments for 10 water districts and three sewer districts. Annually, this fiduciary responsibility exceeds 100 million dollars.

During her tenure as Receiver, Claudia has upgraded software to maintain efficiency in our growing town. She has secured service for credit card users with the lowest-possible fee, and maintains a website with daily updates to give taxpayers the most accurate information available in the most convenient way.

Claudia is a lifelong resident of East Fishkill and the mother of three children: Kevin, Sean, and Emma. In her free time, Claudia coaches East Fishkill Baseball, volunteers fostering rescued dogs, and volunteers with her kids helping neighbors in need. She was the East Fishkill Republican Club President for two years, and continues to participate in Club activities.

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Carol Hurray

East Fishkill Town Clerk

Carol Hurray was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She graduated from Arlington High School with a Regents Diploma. Carol has resided in the town of East Fishkill for 36 years.

Carol possesses an extensive 23 year Corporate Background with 11 years’ experience as a Corporate Legal Assistant.

She joined the Town of East Fishkill in 2002. She served in the Assessor’s Office from 2002-2007.

In 2008 she was elected to the office of Town Clerk and has been proudly serving her constituents in that capacity.

Our Endorsed Republican Dutchess County Legislators Representing East Fishkill

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Donna Bolner

Dutchess County Legislator, District 13

Donna Bolner was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2010.

She is Assistant Majority Leader in the Dutchess County Legislature and serves on the Environment Committee. She is an ex-officio member of the Airport Advisory Committee, Past Chair of the Family and Human Services Committee, Liaison to the Child Care Council, Liaison to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Domestic Violence and Chair of the Dutchess County Tick Task Force.

Donna has worked with many devoted community residents on several county and town committees. She was a member of a Wappinger Town Committee that turned a DC Community Block Grant into a rubberized surface Little League field. She works with community members dedicated to educating residents regarding the prevention of tick borne disease, as well as advocating for improved treatment avenues for patients.

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Margaret Horton

Dutchess County Legislator, District 21

Marge Horton is a 35 year resident of East Fishkill.   She is a 20 year member of the East Fishkill Republican Committee and she has also represented East Fishkill in the Dutchess County Legislature for the past 13 years.

Marge currently serves as the Chairperson of the County Legislature’s Family & Human Services Committee. She also is a member of the Public Safety Committee, and serves as the Legislative Representative to the Early Initiative for Children’s Learning, and the 4H Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

In 2010, Marge was honored as Woman of the Year by the Poughkeepsie Women’s Republican Club of Dutchess County.

As a Dutchess County legislator, Marge has been a fiscal conservative, who emphasizes more efficient government as the smart way to keep taxes down.

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John Thomes

Dutchess County Legislator, District 23

I was born in Stamford, CT and lived there for the first 9 years of my life. In 1958 my parents purchased the Horn Funeral Home in Pawling from John W. Horn, changing the name to Horn & Thomes Funeral Home, and my family moved to Pawling. Pawling was, and still is, a beautiful little town.

I graduated from Pawling High School in 1966. While in high school, I was a Charter Member of the National Thespian Society, played on the 1964 Dutchess County Champion Baseball Team, and in 1965 I did 512 sit ups in the Presidential Fitness Test – I thought that had to be a world record until I looked it up in the Guinness Book of World Records. I attended Pennsylvania Military College and graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in NYC. On June 4, 1968 I enlisted in the US Army Reserve in Poughkeepsie. After marrying my wife, Debbie, and completing active duty in Fort Leonard Wood, MO, I returned to Pawling and completed my apprenticeship with my father at the family run funeral home.

I became active in the community and continue to be. I served as Past President of the Pawling Jaycees; Past President of the Pawling Lions Club and I am still active in the Pawling Lions Club, recently celebrating my 41st year as a member; Past President of Pawling Chamber of Commerce; current Grand Knight of the Pawling Knights of Columbus, and current member of the Pawling Cemetery Board of Directors.

I was elected to the Pawling Village Board on March 16, 1982 and served for 8 years. I was Commissioner of Streets for 4 years and Commissioner of Police for 4 years. During my 8 years on the Pawling Village Board, I also served as Budget Officer for 3 years. I retired in 1994 from the New York Air National Guard and received the Meritorious Service Award from Col. Thomas Maguire, who grew up in Brewster. I was elected Mayor of Pawling in 1997 and served 3 terms. I was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature in 2009 and I am now serving my 3rd term. I have served the citizens of Dutchess County on Family and Human Services, Government Services, Public Safety as Vice Chair, Benefit Assessment Committee, and the Dutchess County Veterans Committee. I am proud of the fact that I have a very good attendance record at meetings.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director and still married to Debbie. I have 3 children, Sara, Angela, and Shaun, 4 beautiful grandchildren, and a dog named Moose. I have completed 31 marathons and I am a certified scuba diver.

My plans for the future include expanding the rail trail through Beekman, around Whaley Lake, and through Holmes, and I hope (through private contributions) to restore the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program of Dutchess County.