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Two compete for seat on Lexington Town Board

Oct 22, 2020 3:00 pm
Raymond Pignone is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media on the Lexington Town Board race between Republican Susan Falke-Turk and Democrat Bennett Wine. Wine was elected last year to serve out the last year of the unexpired term of a former board member. Falke-Turk, 50, finished second in that election last year. She was born and raised in Lexington and has taken care of her grandparents and uncle, and now her mother and father at the family farmhouse. Her grandparents began their life together at the home where she now lives. Falke-Turk has been employed as a head teller at a bank in Ulster County for 15 years. If elected, she will hold public office for the first time. She is a 1992 graduate of SUNY Cobleskill, where she received an associate degree in office technology/word processing. Falke-Turk defines the top issue facing Lexington as "businesses." She said, “We have to travel to other towns for gas, groceries or take-out. We have several travelers coming to town for hiking, fishing, hunting and [then] traveling back out of town to spend money in other communities. I would like to see more opportunities for revenue and jobs in our town.” Falke-Turk said if elected she looks forward to serving the community she grew up in. "I know most of the residents and I will work hard with the rest of the town council to make Lexington a great place to live, work and enjoy life in,” she said. Wine, 65, and his family live on Mark Drive in West Kill. He has lived in Greene County for 12 years. He is an artist and designer. Wine graduated from Columbia University with a master’s of fine arts degree and from Antioch College with a bachelor’s degree in art. Wine served as co-chair of the Lexington Broadband Initiative. He said, "This was a huge step in bringing Lexington into the future. Since then our growth has started and we are beginning to get young families with children to come to our town. With the advent of COVID-19, more people have seen the advantages of living and working from our town, and I would assume the growth will continue. Now the challenge is how to best adapt the town to the changing situation and at the same time keep the things that we love about the town intact.” Wine said he would be a good choice because, “I have been a good board member because I have a vision for the town and I have been acting on it..." Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.