Stuyvesant voters choosing from full roster of candidates
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media has a rundown of the races in the Stuyvesant general election, Tue., Nov. 2. Two candidates are in the race for Stuyvesant Town Supervisor: Lee Jamison is challenging incumbent Ron Knott. Jamison, 71, has lived in Columbia County for 40 years. She is a psychiatric social worker and has spent her career working with people with developmental disabilities at Coarc and Camphill. She has served on the Columbia County Community Services Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee. Jamison is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Jamison said the top issue facing Stuyvesant is the affordable, accessible, rural broadband. She said, the lack of service, "...affects economic development, job opportunities, health care, social justice, access to information and education." Knott, 66, has lived in the county for 62 years. He is a retired HVAC technician. Knott is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. He has served as supervisor for 10 years and before that he was a town board member for six years. Knott says the top issue facing Stuyvesant are the land use issues raised as the town continues to maintain an agriculture community. "We need to continue to update our zoning code to work with changing needs," Knott said. Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Stuyvesant Town Board: Mark Burch, Brian Chittenden, David Quinn and William Schneider. Burch, 48, has been resident of the county for 36 years. He is employed as a teacher and is running on the Democratic line. Burch previously served for two years on the county Environmental Management Council. He sees Infrastructure, including broadband access; assessments and taxes as the top issues in Stuyvesant. Quinn, 55, has lived in the county for 12 years. He is employed as the senior director of finance and business operations at The Olana Partnership. Quinn is running on the Conservative and Republican lines. He is the former Stuyvesant Fire District Commissioner. Quinn sees fiscal responsibility and broadband for town residents as the main priorities for Stuyvesant. Incumbent Schneider, 71, grew up in Hudson and has lived in Stuyvesant since 1987. He retired in 2014 as the principal at Ichabod Crane High School. Schneider is seeking his second term on the board. Schneider is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines. He said the top issue facing Stuyvesant is broadband access for everyone. He is most proud of improving the town website and upgrading the town hall internet access. Incumbent Chittenden, who is running on the Republican and Conservative lines, failed respond to repeated requests for information. Read both stories at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.