I want to add my name to the long list of endorsements to re-elect the Claverack Republican Team on November 7th.
This team, comprised of Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, Town Councilmen Stephen Hook and Brian Keeler, and Town Highway Superintendent Lou LaMont is working hard for Claverack and getting results.
Their record of accomplishments includes the first tax cut for Claverack residents in many years. This didn’t happen overnight. This team began cutting costs, consolidating operations, and sharing services – on day one, four years ago; laying the ground work to be able to finally turn the trend of tax increases downward.
When tough decisions needed to be made, and action was required, this team delivered. They were able to bring the cost of government down, while maintaining services. This is much easier said than done. As a former Philmont Village Trustee, Deputy Mayor, Claverack Town Councilman, and Deputy Town Supervisor, I understand full well how hard these decisions can be, and the work it takes to get things done for the residents.
I grew up in Philmont and have lived in Claverack all of my life. I raised my family here with my wife Tami, and we own one of the town’s largest businesses. We care very deeply about this town and we’ve worried at times about the town’s future. But with Weigelt, Hook, Keeler, Hoose, and Lamont working on our behalf, guiding the ship, and making the hard decisions, I’m very confident that we are in good hands and Claverack’s future is bright!
Please join me in voting to re-elect Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, Town Councilmen Stephen Hook and Brian Keeler, and Town Highway Superintendent Lou LaMont! Also remember to support Sheriff David Bartlett, Coroner candidate Roy Brown, and Supreme Court Justice candidate Judge Peter Crummey.
I have been a resident of the Town of Claverack since birth and always worked in Columbia County, serving as Claverack Town Clerk for the past 25 years. Time has certainly brought on many changes in that time – some beneficial, some not.
Our town is unique with many diversified backgrounds. I have witnessed the positive growth of our town over the years. Positive growth does not always come as quickly as we would like, but usually for good reason. Our Comprehensive Plan took years to develop, and at the time was right in most ways, but not all. As years go by, there are changes that need to be made due to time moving on and circumstances being different in the town, and really the world. What was right for us then, and the world then, has changed in many instances.
People move to our town because they “love everything about it,” but then want to change everything about it – country living with city amenities at their fingertips. What some don’t understand, want to overlook, or really don’t care to consider (except around election time) is where a majority of our town’s population comes from and how they live. The majority of Claverack residents are proud people who survive day-to-day, week-to-week, paycheck-to-paycheck. Many yearn for some relief and pray for financial survival.
Our present bipartisan administration, led by Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, has moved our town forward, with caution, keeping the concerns and hopes of the residents in their vision. They work hard to keep taxes down, despite the lack of commercial tax revenues, which would be a big boost. I have seen firsthand how some try to dictate who and exactly what type of businesses come to our area. This vocal minority, with a strict vision of what they believe Claverack should be, attempt to stonewall until interested businesses finally give up and go elsewhere where they are certainly welcomed.
Despite the lack of tax revenue from business, the job this administration has done keeping taxes stable (despite ever increasing unfunded State mandates) is admirable. Claverack is the second largest town in Columbia County, and has one of the lowest tax rates. In fact, the 2018 budget numbers are just in and Claverack will see its first TAX DECREASE in years!! That doesn’t “just happen” on its own. It’s a result of good, tight budgeting and conservative spending.
The current administration has also:
The accomplishments, although being downplayed by propaganda from others running for office, are many.
I ask that you remember to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, and consider supporting the Republican, Conservative, Independence lines. Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Councilmen Stephen “Hookie” Hook and Brian Keeler, Highway Superintendent Louis LaMont, and Town Clerk Mary J. Hoose are making Claverack work by focusing on progress, not politics. Claverack is working!
Mary Jeanne Hoose
As a 25+ year resident of the Town of Claverack, I've seen our town go through some highs and lows. I've seen good town government lead us to prosperity, and less effective town government set us back significantly. It's important that we elect officials who are experienced, open-minded, and forward-thinking. We need officials whose only "special interest" is the well-being of the entire town. Officials who make their decisions based on common sense and the good of the residents. Thankfully, we have that in Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Councilmen Brian Keeler and Stephen "Hookie" Hook, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, and Highway Superintendent Louie Lamont.
The past four years we've seen this team draw on their experience and abilities to bring meaningful and productive change to Claverack, most notably their accomplishments driving down the cost of town operations, balancing budgets without draining our savings, passing conservative budgets that are tax-cap compliant (resulting in tax rebate checks for property owners), and developing long term purchasing plans that save money by exploiting historically low interest rates.
Claverack is in good hands and is, indeed, working. Lets keep the forward progress moving!
My wife Shanda, a lifelong resident of Claverack and a proud member of the Card family, and I urge all Claverack residents to vote to re-elect Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Councilmen Brian Keeler and Stephen "Hookie" Hook, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, and Highway Superintendent Louie Lamont.
As a lifelong resident of Philmont, I have always tried to judge the qualifications, character and experience of those running for town or village offices — not necessarily their political affiliation. It’s important to me that our town and village officials be well versed in local government; that they understand the challenges we face and have the experience to surmount these challenges. It is critically important that they are tested and skilled leaders, prepared to lead and represent all residents of our town — not a special interest, lifestyle or particular way of thinking. That all said, it is very clear to me that we, as a village and town, must vote to re-elect Town Supervisor Clifford “Kippy” Weigelt, Town Councilmen Brian Keeler and Stephen Hook, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose and Town Highway Superintendent Louis LaMont.
This team of highly skilled, highly qualified and highly experienced leaders have represented us — all of us — very well the past four years. They are the most deserving of re-election and I hope that you will join me in supporting them on Election Day, November 7.
Claverack is fortunate to have such experienced, dedicated, and effective leaders managing the town’s affairs and representing the views of our townspeople on the Town Board, at the Town Clerk’s Office, and at the Highway Department. None more so than Councilman Stephen Hook.
Known to many as “Hookie,” Stephen gives much of himself to the Town of Claverack. Virtually every day, all day, you’ll find Stephen working on town business in one way or another. He embodies the true spirit of public service. Whether it be his duties as Deputy Town Supervisor and Councilman — overseeing the day-to-day operations of the town, his community volunteering — cooking at firehouse barbecues and helping at public events, or just the little things that he does for people that mean so much — like helping to clear snow from an elderly resident’s driveway, or answering a residents call for help to carry oxygen bottles into the house for her loved one who was ailing, Hookie is always there for people. He goes above and beyond for the community, his family and his many friends.
Stephen has done an outstanding job as Deputy Town Supervisor and Town Councilman these past four years. He is very deserving of reelection.
We encourage all Claverack residents to vote for Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Councilmen Stephen “Hookie” Hook and Brian Keeler, Town Clerk Mary Jeanne Hoose, and Town Highway Superintendent Louie Lamont on Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Four years ago I wrote a letter asking Claverack residents to support my brother Brian Keeler’s candidacy for Claverack Town Council. He was elected, and now I am asking you to support him once again in his bid for reelection on Nov. 7.
My reasons are straightforward: his lifelong character traits, business experience, and his performance in his first term on the council. As I stated four years ago, throughout his life Brian has espoused great moral, familial, financial, and leadership qualities. He has the same strong work ethic characteristic of so many area farm families. He is intelligent, well-rounded, and the most unselfish person I know. His 30+ years of service as a Claverack volunteer fireman is but one example of that. He has been a successful sales representative, small business owner, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer/President of a $30M business with over 200 employees, and is now Director of Care Center Operations (36 locations) at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
During the past four years the Claverack Town Council has accomplished much to promulgate the best interests of the township. They developed budgets that were all compliant with the state tax-cap allowing property owners to receive tax rebate checks; consolidated town departments/personnel to bring down the cost of government while maintaining services; maintained strong support of town Fire/EMS/Police emergency services; and enacted infrastructure improvements, including replacement of the Millbrook Road bridge.
I grew up in Claverack, and although my wife Denise and I currently live out of state, we own land in Claverack and plan to retire there soon. It has been a great comfort to know that my brother Brian has helped manage the affairs of Claverack these past four years, and I firmly believe his tenure should con-tinue. His character, experience, business acumen, and passion and love for Claverack will enable him to faithfully serve township residents for another four years. For these reasons I, along with my brother Ned (who served as a Claverack volunteer fireman in various capacities for 34 years, eight of those as Fire Chief) and my brother P.J. (current Columbia County Treasurer and Emergency Medical Services Coordi-nator (17 years), and Claverack volunteer fireman) strongly endorse our brother Brian Keeler for Claverack Town Council!
As a former Philmont Village Trustee, Deputy Mayor, and small business owner in Philmont, I know full-well the importance of having experienced and capable representatives on our Claverack Town Board. The town supports the village, and the village supports the town.. It’s a cooperative relationship. A partnership, if you will. That’s why I’m very happy to support Kippy Weigelt, Stephen (Hookie) Hook, Brian Keeler, Mary Hoose, and Lou Lamont for reelection.
I’ve been very encouraged to see the cooperation between the town and village the last few years. The town and village are sharing equipment, resources, and talent, resulting in a cost savings and better service to both town and village residents. I’m also encouraged by the progress made in bringing down the cost of town government – by consolidating departments and operations. Smart, forward-thinking financial planning – like the new capital equipment plan for the Town Highway Department – have also helped to guarantee services to town residents, at the best possible price.
I lived much of my adult life in Philmont. My parents and many friends still live in Philmont. Two of my sons, and two of my grandchildren reside in Claverack still today. Their future is important to me. I encourage everyone to vote to reelect Town Supervisor Kippy Weigelt, Town Councilmen Stephen Hook and Brian Keeler, Town Clerk Mary Hoose, and Town Highway Superintendent Lou Lamont!