James “Jimbo” McCarthy, Town Council

Why are you running for this office?

I have lived in the Town of Pawling for nearly 50 years. That said, it is part of me; and I want to continue giving back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. I want to make sure it continues to give others what it has given me.

What are your qualifications for the position?

Having managed our family farm since 1982, having been Fire Commissioner for twelve years and Chairman for the past three years, I know I am qualified. I have overseen budgets, handled insurance policies, consulted on the building of firetrucks, evaluated energy costs, land management, building maintenance, and worked to keep all expenses as low as possible, not sacrificing quality of services.

What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

Pawling is a great town – it’s a great place to raise a family. It keeps getting better, and I intend to make sure it stays that way, whether that’s making good decisions with my town colleagues or making thoughtful suggestions and contributions. Some of my immediate goals will be to keep the transfer station open, collaborate with the other board members on the future of our parks, help grow town youth programs and employment, and continue being a spokesperson for the fire district.

What is your educational background?

I am a 1982 graduate of Pawling High School. My greatest learning experiences, however, have come from running my family farm and being a father.

What else would you like voters to know about you – your family, pastimes, special interests or activities?

I consider myself very lucky to have lived in Pawling since 1969 with my mother, Joan; wife, Gail; three daughters and now grandchildren. Having been a volunteer fireman for over 27 years, I have met and worked with many of my neighbors. I have also welcomed many from this community and beyond, to my home, Cloverbrook Farm. The past few summers, we’ve run an agricultural program, at which many Pawling children have had the opportunity to ride horses, fish in our ponds, see calves born, along with many other agricultural activities. There is nothing better to see a child’s face when they get to see a calf born. I have also coached Pawling Youth Hockey and Little League.

At the end of the day, I will do the job to the best of my ability. I will ask thoughtful questions and listen to what people have to say, the latter of which is probably the most important task I can do. I look forward to working with everybody employed by and living in the Town of Pawling.