The first step in our effort to return government to the people is to elect candidates to office who will adhere to the Conservative Principles outlined on the Home Page. To achieve that, we endorsed the following candidates who had either proven themselves worthy by past actions or had shown promise for future actions.
For Supervisor — James “Jimmy” Bruno
Personal Life―Jim Bruno is a life-long Saugerties resident and proud family man. He and his wife Kathleen (Hallion) reside in the Bishop’s Gate area and enjoy their large family consisting of children and their spouses and several small grandchildren.
Knowledge and Experience―Jim offers a background replete with the knowledge and experience that will have our town running like a top with a government that will work for us. Saugerties will enjoy a smooth passage to a new and productive term when we elect Jim Bruno.
Even before Jim was elected to the town board in 2009, he had various jobs and other responsibilities, all of which will contribute in one way or another to what will be his smooth transition into leadership as supervisor, from laborer and welder up to manufacturing operator and, finally, manager at IBM. He is also president and part-owner of Timbest, Inc., which is responsible for the developing and building the Bishop’s Gate subdivision, as well as being vice-president and 50% owner of Bishop’s Gate Realty, Inc.
Due to his knowledge and experience Jim will easily step into and fulfill the position of supervisor without a hitch, partly because he is currently the liaison to the Town of Saugerties Tourism Committee, Planning Board, Economic Development Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals Committee, as well as being Past Chairman of the Comprehensive Planning Committee and Water Board; and Past Vice-Chairman of the Planning Board; but especially because of having served—and currently serving—as deputy supervisor under both Kelly Myers and Greg Helsmoortel.
Other Useful Career Experience―Jim Bruno is also a local real estate developer and licensed New York State real estate broker, all of which are and will be a tremendous asset in the decision-making process on behalf of Saugerties. Jim also spent two years as 50% owner of Bruno’s Family Restaurant and Sports Bar.
Community Issues and Activities―Jimmy Bruno has long been a community-minded participant in many local charitable organizations, such as being a member of: the Catskill Elks Club since 1975; Saugerties Lions’ Club since 1989; and the Glasco Fire Company since 1971; as well as having been the canvasser for the IBM Charitable Contribution Campaign from1986 to 1996.
Additionally, just about everyone far and wide is familiar with the enchanting and magical display of Christmas lights and decorations that adorn Jim’s and Kathy’s home and property for the benefit of all to see.
Sports & Hobbies—Jim’s résumé is completed with a vibrant interest in sports and rich and healthy appreciation of outdoor hobbies and interests, such as fishing and hunting (Jim is a 2d Amendment advocate) and baseball and football—all of which help guide him and play an important part of the total picture of Jimmy Bruno. To that end, Jim is:
- Past team manager of the Glasco-East Kingston Little League team;
- Past manager of the Saugerties Babe Ruth 14/15-year old baseball team; and
- Past member of the Saugerties Babe Ruth Board of Directors.
For further information, Jim may be reached at:
246-5010 (home) or 845-399-8577 (cell)
For Town Board — Donald “Don” Tucker
Don Tucker comes from the very large and locally well-known Tucker family. He is a lifelong Town of Saugerties resident, more than 30-years of which he resided in the Village. Don and his wife Barbara (Cafaldo) have been married for 41-years and have one daughter, Theresa.
Don Tucker is dedicated and committed to Saugerties and always will be, considering it a great place to own a home and raise a family. After having completed 43-years of honorable full-time service to our community, Don recently retired from the Town of Saugerties Police Department where he had achieved the rank of sergeant. Don is now running for a seat on the town board where he will continue his service to this community that he knows and loves.
Don Tucker’s background of community service include 14-years as a trustee on the Village of Saugerties Board and nine-years on the Saugerties Central School Board (part of which were served as board president). His record of hard work ethic, honesty and the utmost integrity are evidence of what an asset he will be to the community when he is elected to serve on the town board as we face the possibility of serious financial problems resulting from low reserves, overall budget and rising taxes.
For Town Board — Paul Andreassen
Paul Andreassen is a lifetime Saugerties resident and Viet Nam era veteran (Seabees ’73 to ’77), with more than 20-years experience in code-enforcement, local government, zoning, planning, land use and consulting—and an extremely impressive résumé with a wealth of experience to draw upon when he is elected to serve on the Town Board (as shown below).
- St. Mary of the Snow elementary school;
- Saugerties High School (class of ’73)
- Studied at William Carey College, Columbia-Green Community College, SUNY-New Paltz and Ulster County Community College
- Licensed home-inspector and code enforcement
- Teach building and fire code courses at Fire Training Centers and community colleges
- Former NYS D.O.S. Codes Division Building & Fire Code instructor for courses throughout New York State
- Senior building official for the towns of Saugerties, Ulster, Woodstock and New Paltz
- President and owner of Andreassen Associates, LLC, home and buildig and inspection and consulting company
- FEMA damage inspector
- Saugerties Planning Board and the Ulster County Planning Board
- Life member of the U.S. Navy Seabee Veterans of America
- Viet Nam Era Veterans of America
- Disabled American Veterans
- Saugerties American Legion, Post 72
- Active kayaker
- Founding member of the Paul Luke Band
- Saugerties Historical Society
- Ulster County Historical Society
- Trout Unlimited
- Saugerties Fish & Game Club
- Saugerties Chamber of Commerce
- Habitat for Humanity
- Saugerties Pro Musica
- Trinity Episcopal Church
For further information, Paul may be reached
Paul Andreassen Malden on Hudson, NY 12453
For Highway Department — Doug Myer
Doug is a lifelong resident of the Town of Saugerties, residing in the hamlet of Mt. Marion. He and his wife Sue are proud to live in the family homestead which has been occupied by the Myer family uninterrupted since the early 1700s.
Doug and Sue have been married for 41 years and have two daughters Heather and Lisa and have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.
Over the past 46 years Doug has been involved in heavy construction from creating new infrastructures to maintaining and refurbishing existing ones.
Doug's expertise in the field of site work and highway construction has been utilized in many local and long distance municipal and commercial projects. Geographically the projects ranged from as far north as the Canadian border to as far south as Baltimore, Maryland. He has considerable knowledge operating within budgets on town, county and state levels through years of experience in management and supervisory positions.
Doug always strives to maintain a harmonious working environment for employees while accomplishing the tasks at hand in a safe and professional manner. Doug believes his experience and expertise in management, employee relations, purchasing and maintaining equipment along with his knowledge of building and maintaining public roads will be a true asset to the town and its taxpayers.
Doug is seeking his 4th consecutive term as Highway Superintendent in the November 2017 election.
For Legislator (District 1) — Mary Wawro
Being around children is a common theme for Mary Wawro and this makes her ever mindful of the future. Mary realized that her love of, and dedication to, her own children, along with her family management skills, proved she was well suited for providing daycare to others. This labor of love became Mary’s Little Lambs Day Care which has been successfully serving Saugerties parents for over twenty-five years.
In operating a successful small business, Mary has mastered the skills of task management, maintaining rigorous licensing and child daycare regulations, and customer service. Mary knows first-hand that small businesses are the backbone of this country and that Ulster County needs to do more to support and draw in small business entrepreneurs.
As a single mother and now grandmother, Mary understands the difficulties of running a household in Ulster County, the lack of decent paying jobs, and the way taxes have adversely affected people’s basic need for housing. Mary juggled household and business duties with being a room mother at her children’s school, a den mother for Cub Scouts, and a Girl Scout Leader. Mary taught religious education classes at her church and worked on her church’s program to help those in need.
The daughter of Bill and Irene Geick, Mary grew up in the Blue Mountain hamlet of western Saugerties and graduated from Saugerties High School. In her younger days, Mary worked in her dad’s beer and soda discount stores; where she gained an appreciation for hard work as well as running a small business. Mary is the proud mother of five wonderful children: Joshua, Katrina, Alek, Natasha, and Nadia and four beautiful grandchildren, Charlie Alexis, Franceska, Luchiano, and Chloe. It is her grandchildren’s future that motivates Mary to become involved and help forge positive changes for her neighbors in Ulster County.
In addition to being chair of Legislative Programs, Education and community Services Committee, a committee member of Energy and Environment committee. Mary has served on The Ulster Coalition against Narcotics, an issue to which she has passionately has devoted countless hours.
Co-sponsoring with fellow legislators a NARCAN training in Saugerties , volunteering with the Woodstock Police Department PARI (Police Assisted Recovery Initiative). She also volunteered with the Hope Rocks Festival, held this past August, to address addiction and suicide. Mary serves as the Legislative appointee to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board. Mary is now seeking a fourth term as your District 1 legislator.
For Legislator (District 2) — Joseph “Joe” Maloney
JOE MALONEY is a lifelong county resident who is a husband, father, business leader, and community volunteer. Joe will work tirelessly for a more efficient, transparent budget process that leads to real progress with our property tax issues. He is running for District 2 Legislator to represent us all. His passion in serving the community of Saugerties will focus on preserving the environment and making our local tax dollar go as far as it possibly can. Joe's motivation are his two young sons, for whom he hopes to help create a thriving community so that they, too, will one day raise their own families here. Some of Joe’s goals include:
• Implementing a consistent budget format for ease of use yearly comparison
• Addressing Legislative health insurance contributions
• Instituting term limits
• Developing a policy that address county employees compensatory time banks
• Developing a county-wide debt repayment plan
For Legislator (District 3) — Dean Fabiano
[taken from Ulster County website]
By day, Legislator Dean Fabiano has worked the past 35 years for the Town of Saugerties as a Motorized Equipment Operator and in the evenings, since 2005, he has been bringing his skills and knowledge to the County’s policy making body. His public works experiences gives Dean a smooth transition into his role as Chairman of the Public Works and Capital Projects Committee.
Dean has served on the Board of Directors for the Ulster County Community Action Agency, Saugerties Lions Club, and as an honorary member of the Town of Saugerties Recreation Advisory Committee. Dean earned a reputation as a responsive and responsible representative. This personal approach and his heart felt love of his community shows in everything he does.
In his role as County Legislator, Dean has supported the consolidation of several departments, encouraging efficient operation and saving tax dollars. He worked to pass an improved recycling law, supported the creation of a Global Warming Advisory Committee and has been praised for his bipartisan approach to solving county budget problems. Dean understands that government leaders need to work together to continually stimulate the local economy and create good paying jobs. He also supports reforms in waterway maintenance to prevent future flooding issues.
Prior to his work with the Town of Saugerties, Dean worked with local area contractors. Dean is a father of two daughters and the delighted newlywed to Lori. The entire family continues to reside in Saugerties.
For Town Clerk — Lisa Stanley
Lisa A. Stanley has been Saugerties’ town clerk since January 1, 2004. She is pleased to be endorsed by the Conservative Party; she is also endorsed by the Republican Party. There have been many changes to the Town Clerk's Office since 2004. New York State no longer licenses dogs for individual towns, so this is now done locally. Handicap tags are now issued through the Town Clerk's Office instead of the Police Department. The day-to-day work has been set up and logged through a computer program through Williamson Law. The office continues to do licensing of hunting, fishing, marriage; maintain vital records; issue permits for fireworks, mass gatherings, boat launch and generators. Working with deputies Leslie Duffy and Samantha Wamsley, the Town Clerk’s Office continues to greet the public and help individuals with requests.
On a personal note, Lisa is married with four children and one grandchild.
Also Endorsed for the 2017 Election
Daniel “Dan” Lamb — Town Justice