Four candidates battling to fill two Cairo seats on Greene County Legislature
Raymond Pignone has a rundown of the four candidates for the two District 8 seats on the Greene County Legislature, for Columbia-Greene Media: Republicans Mike Camadine and Sherry B. True, and Democrats Bill Scheriff and Harry A. Lennon. Lennon's name will also appear on the Conservative line and Scheriff is also running on the Working Families line. Camadine, 64, is a lifetime resident of Greene County. He previously served on the county Legislature from 2003 to 2007. He is employed by AECOM Engineering, an infrastructure consulting firm. When asked to define the top issue facing Cairo, he responded, "Cairo receiving its fair share of county assistance in development." Camadine said, "Getting results is what will make me successful as a legislator. ...If elected my goal is to bring historic change to Greene County by enacting term limits on the legislators, bringing more accountability by replacing the appointed county administrator with an elected county executive, to help defend county residents’ rights and freedoms and ensuring Cairo gets the development help it needs to truly stand out as the 'Crossroads of Greene County.' Incumbent Lennon, 61, lives in Round Top and he is a lifetime resident of Cairo. Lennon is employed as the Director of Audit and Management Services for the New York state Thruway Authority. He has served on the county Legislature for 15 years, and has been minority leader for more than 10 years. Lennon believes that a water and sewer infrastructure are badly needed in Cairo if the town is going to attract business and much-needed jobs. "Through my leadership position on the county Legislature I will continue to work with the Legislature and the county Economic Development Team to secure funding for these infrastructure improvements," he said. "My current priority is the development of an industrial park to serve the manufacturing, assembly and warehouse markets. Cairo is ideally located for this type of development along our Route 23 corridor." Scheriff, 57, is a resident of Purling and he has lived in the county for 16 years. He is a mechanical engineer by profession. Scheriff served in the U.S. Navy from 1985 to 1989. "A couple of the biggest problems we have within our town are, No. 1, as we all know, the opioid epidemic is astronomical and just pretending that it isn’t there or it’s not in our town doesn’t help anyone. ...Also, the lack of business within our town. We need to be able to bring a new idea in instead of just the same old town. We are no longer a resort town. We are no longer just a destination town. We need to be able to rebrand what we have or what we could be," he said. Scheriff said he feels uniquely qualified to serve as a legislator because he can work with anyone that has a good idea. True, 66, is a resident of Round Top, where grew up. She moved away for 35 years, but returned in 2014. True also considers the biggest issue in Cairo to be the need for additional infrastructure such as water and sewer. True said she likes to have her actions speak for themselves. "I have invested a tremendous amount of time and money in our town through my volunteering with the Cairo Development Foundation and the Cairo Historical Society. These two organizations have made a difference in our town and I am glad to be a part of helping to bring about the change, especially with the CDF and our work in revitalizing Main Street. I am...a good listener, responsive, honest and hard-working. I would be a full-time legislator... I look forward to bringing new business to town and helping to increase the tax base," she said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.