Six battle for four legislative seats
Nov 01, 2018 1:00 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media when Catskill voters go to the polls November 6, they will have six candidates to choose from to fill four seats on the Greene County Legislature. Four Republicans and two Democrats are competing to represent Catskill, District 1 for the next three years. Incumbent Michael Bulich, 51, is the co-owner of Bulich Mushroom Company Inc. He is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independent party lines. Bulich said during his next term he plans to keep watch over the jail bond, which he voted against. Christopher Hamilton, 37, a Democrat, is a consultant for Staples Business Advantage. His name will appear on the Democrat, Independent, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. As for the jail bond, Hamilton said he thinks all options have not been explored. Jack Keller, 61, a Republican, oversees buildings and grounds at the Olana State Historic Site. He is running on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Keller supports the jail bond, but believes the entire debate could have been handled better, saying the feasibility study should be done to address constituent concerns. Joseph Kozloski, 66, a Democrat, is retired. He is running for what would be a second, nonconsecutive term, on the Democrat, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. He currently serves on the Catskill Village Board. That term expires in 2020. When it comes the jail, Kozloski said lawmakers need to keep an eye on the expenses. “Taxpayers should not pay any more than they need to get this done,” he said. Incumbent Matthew Luvera, 37, a Republican, is employed as a teacher by the Catskill Central School District. He is running for a second term on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Luvera supported the jail bond, but he also intends to support the development of various alternatives to incarceration options. Incumbent Linda Overbaugh, 73, is a retired nurse. She is running for her third term on the Republican and Conservative party lines. Overbaugh is pleased the jail debate ended during her second term. “It was time to stop kicking the can and do something,” she said. She is seeking re-election to see the jail through to completion. “I want to see that it is done reasonably and under budget,” she said. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tue., Nov. 6, at the Washington Irving Senior Center, the Catskill Firehouse, the Kiskatom Firehouse, the Palenville Firehouse and the Leeds Firehouse. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.