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Two candidates competing to represent Durham on county Legislature

Oct 17, 2021 5:30 am

Raymond Pignone has the rundown for Columbia-Greene Media on the two candidates looking to represent District 9, Durham, on the Greene County Legislature. Incumbent Patricia Handel, 58, is a resident of Cornwallville and has lived in the county for 36 years. Her name will appear on the Republican and Conservative lines on the ballot. Handel previously served as a county legislator from 2011 to 2015. She is a co-owner of the Blackthorne Resort. Handel said several major issues face the community, including drug abuse and the high number of overdoses. Handel also sees the lack of broadband and cell service in rural areas as another problem. Among her accomplishments, Handel includes standing up for her constituents, her ability to balance a budget and the county's fiscal health. Brenna Rustick, 20, is a resident of Durham and running on the Democratic line. A lifelong resident of the county, she is a student at The College of St. Rose and working as a manager/cashier. Rustick says the lack of transparency and communication in county government is an issue that impacts everyone. "We shouldn’t have to try so hard to be able to connect with our representatives. We should know what’s going on within our government," she said. Rustick, if elected, said she will attend meetings and community events and remain approachable and willing to listen to her constituents. "I will make sure to...vote for the benefit of Durham and Greene County. I will make sure to listen to my constituents regardless of political party, and will work with those across the aisle to make sure Durham and Greene County is the best it can be," she said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.