Local Government

Local Government 04.30.20

Candidates for North Greenbush Democratic Committee Announced

NORTH GREENBUSH – The current pandemic reminds us of the importance of good government – government that cares about serving the best interest of the people, rather than politics. This is also true when it comes to local government. For too long, North Greenbush government has been about partisan bickering, personal attacks and selfish political interests. Instead of moving our town forward, leaders have put their efforts into mudslinging that has been counterproductive, discouraging good people from getting involved.

A group of Democrats has come together to change this and provide a POSITIVE voice for our Town! This group is willing to work together to create a better Town Democratic Party -one that is more responsive to the people of the Town and their needs. Our priorities include:

• Better planning to reduce traffic and prevent sprawl

• Improving recreational opportunities and other amenities

• Modernizing town government to make it more efficient and easier for resident access

• Greater transparency and higher standards of ethics for elected officials and employees

All registered Democrats in North Greenbush will be able to help chart a new direction for our Town by voting for our team in the primary election on Tuesday June 23rd. Our candidates for the North Greenbush Democratic Committee are:

District 1: Ed Martin and Johanna Flanigan

District 2: Josh Sabo and Todd D’Alleva

District 3: Jack Rogers and Maureen Rogers

District 5: Melissa Shanley and Britney Yatrakis

District 6: Brian Zweig and Justan Foster

District 7: Dan Brown

District 8: Mary Frances Sabo and Jennifer Massey

These candidates will listen to you and truly care about your interests when it comes to selecting Democratic candidates for Town offices and issues that affect residents. So, if you are tired of the negativity and want better leadership that can move the Democratic Party and our Town forward, vote for candidates listed above to represent your district on Primary Day.

Ed Martin

Tracey Rex Reports to the People of Schodack

SCHODACK – I believe staying in touch with constituents is an important part of serving in elective office. This report, published every month since I took office in 2016, is an example of my commitment to keeping residents informed of the activities of the Schodack Town Board. All Town Board meetings can be viewed live or at a later date at: https://townhallstreams.com/towns/schodack.

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. During April, the Town of Schodack extended its local state of emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic. For continued updates on how COVID-19 is impacting our town services, please visit: www.schodack.org. The Town Board also appointed John Hourigan to Schodack Chief of Police. Congratulations, Chief Hourigan.

A big heartfelt thank you to the everyday heroes – health care professionals and essential workers – who are keeping our communities healthy, safe and running during these unprecedented times.

During this period of social distancing please continue to support our local businesses, especially our restaurants and their employee, by ordering takeout or delivery services or by purchasing gift cards that can be used at a later time.

On Easter Sunday, I joined several local elected officials and Schodack police officers in distributing dinners to local seniors who participate in the meals on wheels program based out of the Swartz Senior Center. Thank you to all of the volunteers and The Hill restaurant and The Crisp Cannoli for providing the dinners and desserts.

As a graduate of Maple Hill High School, I was saddened to learn about the passing of one of our beloved and longtime teachers, John F. Kienzle. Mr. Kienzle will always be remembered for his passion for teaching, unique costumes and lasting relationships he kept with his former students. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Please continue to stay safe, everyone. Together, we’ll get through this, stronger than ever.

Tracey Rex, Schodack Town Board

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