Miller, Moskowitz in Middletown Supervisor race

Staff report
A new candidate has entered the Town of Middletown supervisor’s race and another potential entrant said he is not running.

Arkville resident Marjorie Miller issued a statement that she will be an Independent candidate for the Middletown supervisor’s position this fall.

Margaretville Mayor Bill Stanton, who told the News last week that he had been contemplating running for Middletown supervisor, said he has reconsidered and will not enter the race.

“I’ve thought a lot about running, but I’ve decided to stay where I am,” said Mayor Stanton.
If elected Middletown supervisor, Mayor Stanton would have had to step down from his village post, according to state law.

Joe Moskowitz of Arkville has previously announced his candidacy and will also be running as an Independent.

Republican Len Utter has been Middletown supervisor for the past 12 years, but has announced that he won’t seek re-election.

The deadline was July 14 for filing petitions with the county Board of Elections to appear on a party line in the November 8 election. Petitions are due August 23 for candidates running on the Independent line.

Moved back to area
An area native, Ms. Miller relocated to New York City for many years where she worked as an actress. Ms. Miller, who owns and manages rental property in Manhattan, noted that she has experience managing capital projects, creating and keeping budgets as well as managing finances, having served for 10 years on the co-op board of a 60-unit apartment building.

“For nine years, I was president of the board, so I know the job of bringing people together to accomplish concrete goals,” she commented.

She feels that hydrofracking is the one of the most important issues facing area municipalities and is opposed to the this practice of natural gas drilling

Since moving back to the area, Ms. Miller has served as director of the Bovina Public Library for the past seven years. She also worked for five years as the Margaretville Central School drama director and spent five years as the MCS tennis coach.

Ms. Miller is a graduate of MCS and of Syracuse University.

The candidate said she is actively seeking signatures on her petition to run as an Independent. Ms. Miller said she knows many residents of Middletown, but intends to meet many voters as she seeks support through the petitioning process.

Ms. Miller said that while exploring the possibly of mounting campaign, she met with Supervisor Utter, who expressed his willingness to help her in the first months of her term, should she be elected. She said knowing she had this type of assistance was essential in her decision to run.
The candidate said she would also rely on the knowledge of longtime Town Clerk Russell Schebesta to help her learn the position.

“Len and Russ’s combined knowledge and insight are invaluable. In a time of transition, it is essential that a certain amount of support and outright mentoring occurs,” Ms. Miller said.
She added that she has good relationships with town, village and county board members that would also be beneficial if she were elected supervisor.

“I feel like I’m well-prepared to serve a community that has given me so much,” Ms. Miller stated.

Also returned to Catskills
Mr. Moskowitz was born in Margaretville and attended school in Roxbury and Fleischmanns before graduating from MCS.

He studied at the University of Notre Dame where he earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and drama.

Mr. Moskowitz then began a career in TV news and sports broadcasting, with position including stations in New Orleans, Houston, Indianapolis, Sacramento, WNYT Albany and News 12 Long Island.

He and his family moved back to the area on a full time basis in 2005. He purchased the former Nolan’s Garage and turned it into Joe’s Garage and eventually into Arkville-Bikeville. He also purchased the former Crosby Farm Supply building, which now houses Casey Joes Coffeehouse and Roberts’ Auction.

He served two years on MCS Board of Education and also served as a co-host on “Java with Jenn & Joe” on WIOX Radio in Roxbury.

The candidate said that improving the region is his goal for seeking the supervisory position.
“When I ran six years ago, I ran against partisan politics because I didn’t think they belonged in a local race. Now partisan politics don’t belong in any race, and don’t exist in this one. This time around, while I may have an opponent or potentially opponents, I don’t feel like I am running against anyone, but rather I am running for this area,” Mr. Moskowitz commented.

“I truly believe that if we combine our considerable resources - skiing, boating, hiking, etc. - we can attract all we need to make this area viable. As many of you know, I am not easily intimidated and I have no fear of sitting at the table with representatives of the New York City DEP, or the New York State DEC, ORDA or any agency to get the best deal for this area. I am not afraid of a fight,” he added.

“Remember what the middle of Arkville looked like seven years ago, and look at it today, even after three years of recession. Then cast your vote,” he stated.