Claverack's 225th Birthday Party!



Please join the Town of Claverack in celebrating this wonderful occasion! There will be a parade and celebratory gathering on Sunday October 6, 2013 stepping off at 1pm, Main Street Philmont. This is followed by festivities including music and cake.

You'll find more information at the Town of Claverack website: http://townofclaverack.com/225th-Anniversary.html

Claverack Town Candidates Meet and Greet October 17


The Claverack Party and the Claverack Democrats will host an open Meet and Greet for their town candidates at the bar in The Vanderbilt, 161 Main St., Philmont, on Thursday, October 17, 6-8 PM.

All are invited to come chat with Claverack Town Supervisor Robin Andrews, Town Board member Bob Preusser, and Town Board candidate Diane Boice-Yorck.

Ask your questions, hear what has been accomplished the past four years, and tell the candidates what you’d like them to focus on in the coming years.

There will be a cash bar, and free appetizers will be provided. For further information see www.claverackparty.com or contact Deb Shakotko at 672-4590.

Re-Elect Robin Andrews for Town Supervisor

Dear Friends,
I am hoping that you will give me the honor of continuing to be your Town Supervisor.
I have loved the opportunity to use my experience as a budget and planning consultant to bring fiscal responsibility to reduce our town and county tax burden and I am proud of what I have done in the last four years. My focus has been to improve the short and long term health of our community through fiscal management, communication, economic development and empowering others.

Over the last four years, I have worked hard to bring different viewpoints together and find consensus that will benefit everyone. Figuring out the solutions is just the first step. Then it takes persistence and dedication to actually make things happen. I have been fortunate to have had the chance to do as much as I have (especially given the slow process of municipal rules and regulations!) but there is so much more opportunity to keep moving forward.


You deserve strong, independent leadership that will fairly represent you by listening, asking tough questions, and, in the end, the legwork to get things done.

If we haven’t spoken or met yet, I hope we will soon. Please feel free to review the website for more information, and I hope that if you have any questions or concerns, you will contact me directly at 518-672-4511 or robin@robinandrews.org.
And I hope you will give me a chance to continue to serve you by casting your vote for Robin Andrews in the election on November 5th, 2013.
Sincerely,
Robin Andrews
518-672-4511 robin@robinandrews.org

Re-Elect Robert Preusser for Town Board

Robert Preusser is an active member of his community, not only serving on the town board for the last four years, and Deputy Supervisor for the last two, but also as firefighter and the Chairman of the Board for the Churchtown Fire Company, and active member of his church.
Bob’s Claverack roots run deep and he comes from a long line of business owners and farmers who value cooperation and win/win solutions. Bob is dedicated to finding cost effective solutions to continue to save taxpayer dollars, bringing accountability and transparency to the board and supporting small business growth.

Life-long Resident: Family in Claverack since 1800’s. Graduate of first combined Taconic Hills High School class.
Family Man & Deep Community Involvement: Veteran. Active member and officer of the Churchtown Fire Company for 35 years. Council Member and Sunday school teacher at St. Thomas Church. Current Town Councilmember and Deputy Supervisor. Married for to Tess Chernewsky for 30 years with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Small Business Owner: Own aquatics (pond/pool) management service company. Manager for 30 years in the farm and industrial equipment business.
Robert Preusser’s Accomplishments
  • Proactive in securing grant funding with Soil & Water for over $80,000 for town for stream cleanup and the use of green infrastructure for storm water management
  • Spearheaded renovated dugouts for ball field at no cost to taxpayers
  • As town liaison for Insurance requested a bid process, saving tax payer dollars – twice
  • Started the Churchtown Fire Company scholarship fund which has given over $30,000 to our local youth for furthering their education
  • Collaborated with other groups to create enhanced opportunities for park youth program
  • 20 years as budget manager for Churchtown fire house…with no tax increase for last five years
  • NRA Hunting Safety Instructor
  • Sports coach for many boys and girls teams
  • Graduated first in class from SUNY Cobleskill Ag and Tech College, majoring in the first Fish & Wildlife Technical program
  • First field team for DEC Fish and Wild Management Act, which opened up public hunting on private property
  • Former manager for Valatie Research Farm for Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Officer in Martindale Buck Club for 40 years
Bob's Commitment to You
“I want to work together to make things happen. I am guided by my faith and committed to bringing accountability, compassion and integrity to all I do. There are many sensitive issues in the town that must be faced head on, and I am willing and able. I am committed to our youth – this is where our future lies. There is so much more we can offer them, and in the past four years, we have only just begun. I believe that by working together, we can continue to find ways to save money, enhance our economic growth, and create win-win solutions for our community. I am self motivated and action oriented – and want to continue to serve you.” – Bob Preusser
Your ideas and concerns are very important - Please contact Bob:
518-821-0934 or preu313@yahoo.com

Diane Boice-Yorck, Candidate for Town Board


Diane Boice-Yorck is a Taconic Hills Graduate, has a degree in business administration, and has lived in Claverack for 15 years. She is the former Ancram Town Clerk and has lengthy public service experience as a Planning Board clerk, Zoning Board of Appeals clerk, Court clerk, Grievance Board clerk, and Youth Commission Chairman. She is employed as the Director of International Sales at American BioMedica.
Diane understands that Columbia County, and Claverack in particular, is a wonderful place to raise a family. She wants to see an economy that will allow young to people remain in the area and make their futures here. She is willing to work toward that goal.
Diane Boice-Yorck’s work experiences offer unique insight and understanding of how to get the job done.
  • Former Town of Ancram official, having served as:
    Town Clerk
    Planning Board Clerk
    Zoning Board of Appeals Clerk 
    Court Clerk
    Grievance Board Clerk 
    Youth Commission Chairman
  • Nearly 20 years with American Bio Medica Corporation and American Library Media, currently serving as Director of International Sales
  • Former Assistant Editor at the Roe Jan Independent and Former Contributing Editor at The Independent
  • Former clerk with the Columbia County Highway Department
  • Licensed Notary Public since 1990
Diane Boice-Yorck is ready to do what it takes to represent all the citizens of Claverack.
  • Diane will listen to the ideas of Claverack residents.
  • Diane supports the use of technology to achieve more efficient town operations.
  • Diane sees a need to further engage the town’s citizenry in town functions, utilizing the vast and varied talents and skills of its residents.
  • Diane knows from experience the successful operation of town government requires teamwork across party lines, and she will strive to achieve that goal.
To discuss the issues or offer suggestions, contact Diane:
518-929-3213 or dbyorck@yahoo.com

Robin Andrews, Robert Preusser, Diane Boice-Yorck Nominated at Claverack Democratic Caucus August 24

The Claverack Democratic Caucus, held August 24, 2013, unanimously nominated Robin Andrews, current Town Supervisor for re-election, Robert Preusser, current Town Board member for re-election, and Diane Boice-Yorck, for election to the Town Board.

Robin Andrews, a former Philmont Village Trustee was elected four years ago to replace incumbent James Keegan, and has since worked with the current Republican majority to institute new zoning based on the new Comprehensive Plan, and appoint an Economic Development Committee to encourage new business in town. She has also created volunteer advisory committees for agriculture, historical preservation, and communications, and supervised the expansion and redesign of the Town website, which now provides agendas, budgets, and tax bills online, as well as a host of other information. Andrews maintains an email list, open to all Claverack residents, with whom she communicates regularly. She is committed to an inclusive Town government, and says “I am here to listen. It doesn’t matter who you are; you can make a difference.”

Robert Preusser, native of Claverack, is a current Town Board member, and Deputy Supervisor, who has worked successfully with Andrews for the past four years. After losing his bid for the Republican Party nomination for Town Supervisor, he was endorsed by the Claverack Democratic Executive Committee for Town Board. Preusser owns JJRT, a local environmentally-sound company that creates and maintains ponds, and is known for his commitment to the environment. “Claverack made history on Saturday,” Bob says. “The Claverack Democrats took a big step towards bipartisanship, by nominating a Republican to run on their ticket. It’s not all about party; it’s about getting things done. We all agree on certain things; we need to work together to make them happen. We might have to give up a little, but we’ll get where we need to go.”

Diane Boice-Yorck is a Columbia County native and Taconic Hills graduate, who held a number of positions in Ancram town government, including Town Clerk. She has lived in Claverack for the past fifteen years, and has worked for the American Bio Medica Corporation, or its predecessor, for nearly two decades. Her goals include strengthening the local economy, so that young people can make their lives here, and improving the use of technology for more efficient Town operations. Boice-Yorck says “I will work across party lines for the good of Claverack, as I know that without teamwork, nothing can be achieved.”

Deborah Shakotko, chair of the Claverack Democratic Committee says, “Since Robin’s election four years ago there has been a new spirit of openness and approachability at our Town Board meetings. Robin is actively involved on the County Board of Supervisors as well, and updates us at the Town Board meetings with both formal and informal views. Everyone can now be involved and heard.”