2018 ELECTION PREVIEW

October 26, 2018

As Election Day approaches, The Pawling Record would like to extend this opportunity to allow our readers to get to know the candidates for several positions within the Town and the Village. On Tuesday, November 6, Pawling residents can cast their votes at the Lathrop Building in Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Drive, the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association Building at 239 Route 292 in Holmes, or Town Hall, 160 Charles Colman Boulevard. Voters can find their designated polling place by visiting www.dutchesselections.com.

 

JOHN BURWEGER – VILLAGE TRUSTEE

 

1. Why are you running for this office?

I want to help make the Village a vibrant place to live, work, and visit by promoting sensible residential and commercial growth, promoting tourism, and holding down taxes to the greatest possible extent.

2. What are your qualifications for the position?

I held the Trustee position for the last six years having responsibilities for Personnel, Buildings, Village Website, the Village Green, and liaison for Eastern Putnam Dutchess Planning Alliance. My outside employment as a real estate contractor for the federal government and prior corporate real estate positions also provide meaningful experience. I also serve as an elected member of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Oblong Land Conservancy, The Pawling Record newspaper, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

3. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

Continue our efforts to encourage commercial development, improve downtown parking, finish our new sewer and water projects, and promote pedestrian friendly infrastructure.

4. What is your educational background?

I received a BBA degree from Pace University, attended the Community Leadership Alliance Program led by the Pace Land Use Law Center, and attended the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Academy. I am also a licensed real estate broker in eight states.

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

I am happily married to my wife, Gail, and have a married daughter, Sara. We have lived in Pawling for about thirty-five years and enjoy boating on the Hudson River. I honorably served in the US Army.

 

DAN PETERS – VILLAGE TRUSTEE

 

1. Why are you running for this office?

I’m running for re-election to Village Trustee because I have had the privilege of sitting on the Village Board for the past five years and there is more that I would like to achieve to help our Village. I absolutely love what I do in service to this community. I have learned so much about what makes this Village work – the infrastructure, water, sewer, drainage, streets, Highway Department and much more. Then you have the business community/merchants who are the heart and soul of this Village. I have learned to appreciate the importance of our Chamber of Commerce and how vital it is to all of us. There are just an endless number of volunteers who contribute to making this community such a wonderful place to live in.

2. What are your qualifications for the position?

My qualifications are in part the fact that I have spent five years learning something every day about what makes this Village work and how to continue to make it work smoothly. I have learned where to find the money to fund projects we need to accomplish and I am always open to input from whoever may be able to help point me in a new or the right direction. I am part of a great team. This Village Board, under the direction of Mayor Liffland, is a very cohesive board that works hard and collegially. We each bring our own set of talents and experience and work to achieve a common goal – serving the people that we represent. I am proud to serve this community on this team.

3. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

My main goal is to see through the completion of the new sewer treatment plant. This plant will serve the community for decades to come and will be an integral part of future economic growth – the type of growth that will lead to an expanded tax base, which is critical to making Pawling an affordable place to live. There are roads that need to get repaved and sidewalks that need to be replaced. These initiatives are going to take significant monies to make them happen, and I will do all that I can in my role as a Trustee to seek out any available grants that can help in this process. I hope to continue to find ways to solve all of the issues facing this great Village of Pawling! We, as a community, have so many wonderful projects under way, both infrastructure and new construction, a very exciting time! I will also work tirelessly to find funding sources to achieve other important projects and initiatives that face the Village.

4. What is your educational background?

I am a graduate of Webutuck Central Schools.

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

I will have been married to my lovely wife, Janice, for forty years in April. We have three children, all raised here in the Village, and four grandchildren. One of our most important pastimes is spending time with the people we love the most. I am a member of the Pawling Knights of Columbus and the American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215.

 

DREW MONTGOMERY – VILLAGE TRUSTEE

 

1. Why are you running for this office?

My wife and I moved to Pawling about five years ago and bought a house in the village about three years ago. We have been attending Village Board meetings since then. Though the Village Board is very open to all that attend, they seem to be stuck in a rut. As they’ve gone through the Village Master Plan to look at updating it, the concerns and problems from twenty years ago are the same as they are today. There is an attachment to “this is the way we’ve always done it” that leaves little room for progress or change.

2. What are your qualifications for the position?

I have a wide variety of experience in my work life. For the Forestry Department of Vermont, I rebuilt trails and maintained woodlands; at Paragon Sporting Goods, I managed the sales force and day-to-day operations of several departments; for the West Side Y, I worked in Community and Family programs. I was a site manager for renovations in New York City for a residential general contractor. Currently I have a small business producing hand-thrown pottery and teaching classes and workshops. I am familiar with many of the building trades as well as the needs of small businesses, and having been both a renter and a homeowner in Pawling, I know the challenges residents face in Pawling. What I bring to the position is a wide range of experience along with organizational skills and an ability to work with others.

3. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

I would like to see the Village become a destination for small business, a place of interest for tourists and an even better place to live. Though the Village is very special and attractive to first-time visitors, it needs to show an eye on the future, to attract a more diverse variety of shops and restaurants. With a greater scope of small businesses, the Village would become more interesting and would benefit both the existing businesses and residents. I’d like to bring a fresh perspective to the Village Board and help advance Pawling into the future.

4. What is your educational background?

I went mostly to public schools in Brooklyn growing up, but finished my high school years at Brooklyn Friends, a Quaker K-12 school. I went on to New Paltz State College and majored in Higher Mathematics and Field Biology. I have been a pottery teacher for over 20 years and continue to take workshops.

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

On top of commuting to NYC five days a week and attending Town and Village Board meetings, my wife serves as the president of the Pawling Farmers Market. We both enjoy gardening; I do produce and bees, while Betsy does flowers and the decorative aspect. We hike, like boating and enjoy so much of what the Harlem Valley has to offer. While I am running for to be a Trustee on the Village Board and was elected at the Democratic Caucus, due to a miscalculation, I did not get on the ballot, so am running as a write-in. Any voting village resident can write my name in in the Village Trustee spot on the ballot.

 

GAYLE ZELAZNY – TOWN JUSTICE

 

1. Why are you running for this office?

As the end of my first term approaches, I feel that I have had a positive impact on the judicial system in Pawling that I hope to build on. My office strives to provide timely and accurate information to all inquiries. We recently added an electronic payment system for fines, which has been well received.

2. What are your qualifications for the position?

I have been a Town Justice for four years, and I am fully familiar with the nuances of the job including late night arraignments, running a courtroom and preparing a budget. In addition, the skills that I have from being a practicing attorney for over twenty years including research skills, writing and public speaking, as well as interacting with clients has been invaluable.

3. What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?

If I am re-elected as a Town Justice, I will continue to serve my community faithfully. I will always treat every person who appears before me with fairness, respect, and give everyone an opportunity to be heard.

4. What is your educational background?

I have a B.A in Sociology from Wellesley College and a J.D. from Fordham Law School.

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

 My husband, Bob Marvin, and I moved to Pawling in 1995 to raise our children in a small town after working long hours in NYC. We made a lifestyle decision that we do not regret. Living and working in Pawling has allowed us to be active members of the community and raise three incredible children. I enjoy running, tennis, biking, cooking, and scrapbooking.

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