Six candidates compete for three Catskill village board seats
Ted Remsnyder reports for Columbia-Greene Media that six candidates are competing for three seats on the Catskill Village board in the March 15. election. Jeffrey Holliday and Michelle Williams are running against each other for a two-year term, and Diane Petrianni-March, Jamie Hyer-Mitchell, Megan Henry, and Natasha Law compete for the two three-year terms. Petrianni-March works for the Catskill Central School District and is running on the Republican and Village Visions lines. “I’d like to improve the parks,” Petrianni-March said. “I want to make them safe for kids to play. I want to continue to improve the sidewalks and create housing opportunities in the village." Hyer-Mitchell works for Greene Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and started the the nonprofit animal rescue organization Hyer Ground Rescue, and is running on the Republican and Village Visions lines. Hyer-Mitchell says priorities include, “Fiscal responsibility and to ensure that services like fire, police and sewer and water are maintained efficiently and proficiently,” Hyer-Mitchell said. “I want to improve the infrastructure in the village and maintain village roadways." Holliday is an incumbent, and a retired police officer running on the Republican and Village Visions lines. “I want to make sure we find a place for our community center,” Holliday said. “We lost it a couple of years ago and we need something for our youth." Henry is the Founder/Executive Director of Catskill Food Pantry and private vocal teacher running on the Democrat and Action Party lines. Priotities include, “After school programs for children and our teens, as well as programming for adults and seniors. We need daycare centers that are affordable. Right now we have nothing and our community is suffering from this," Henry said. Williams owns Mermaid Cafe/Bittersweet, and is running on the Democratic and Action Party lines. There are many things that can be done to improve and help the village, (i.e. affordable housing, revitalizing Main Street and village businesses, a community center, children and resident activities, affordable day care) but it all comes down to funding and allocating the money to make these things a reality," Williams said. Law owns The Juice Branch and is an incumbent Democrat. "We’ve created a filming ordinance and I hope to get it adopted once elected after a public hearing is set. This ordinance provides protection of the quality of life of residents but also welcomes filming companies and provides much needed revenue for the village of Catskill," Law said. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.