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5 candidates vie for Chatham Village Board

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March 15, 2019 10:10 pm

CHATHAM — There are three seats up for grabs on the Chatham Village Board in Tuesday’s election — one for a one-year term and two for a two-year term. John Howe is running unopposed for mayor.

Unopposed races are not included.

For trusteeJaimee Boehme

Age: 60

Occupation: Substitute for Chatham Central School District, instructor for NYSUT Education and Learning Trust

Education: Chatham Central School, Hudson Valley Community College

Jaimee Boehme is running for a 2-year term on the Chatham Village Board as a candidate on the Village People’s Party line.

The biggest issue facing the village, Boehme said, is finances.

“The village is in financial disarray and many residents have expressed their concern over the recent hike in water rates,” Boehme said. “My goal is to work with fellow board members to ensure that the village moves forward with a sound financial plan in place.”

joseph cerami

Age: 73

Occupation: Retired from AT&T

Education: High school

Cerami is a candidate for the one-year term on the village board. He is running on the Cut Water Bills Party line.

Asked what was at the top of his list of priorities, Cerami said, “Working with DPW (Department of Public Works) and the village’s water infrastructure.”

Peter Minahan

Age: 56

Occupation: New York State Police, retired

Education: Hudson Valley Community College, Cortland College

Minahan is an incumbent trustee in the village of Chatham and is running for another two-year term on the Chatham Future Party line.

“I am looking forward to giving back to my community,” Minahan said. “It is a beautiful place to live and I would like to help keep it that way.”

Keeping taxes under control and making the community amenable to small business heads up his agenda, if elected.

“Control taxes and make the village an attractive place for small businesses,” Minahan said of his plans. “I would do this by sharing services with other municipalities and sub-contract for certain work within the village.”

Minahan did not submit a photo.

Jodie A. Russell

Age: 30

Occupation: Personal customer service representative, Kneller Insurance Agency

Education: Chatham High School

Russell is running on the Chatham Works Together party line for a two-year term as village trustee.

She said she is looking forward to getting more involved in the community where she grew up and is now raising her family. Russell said she wants to see collaboration in the village.

“I would like to see the Village of Chatham work together,” Russell said. “Communication should be improved between the village board and the community. I would like to work to educate and inform our community about challenges the village is or will be facing.”

Melony Spock

Age: 52

Occupation: Coordinator, assistant special projects, New York State Health Facilities

Education: Taconic Hills Central School District, Columbia-Greene Community College

Melony Spock is running to fill a one-year term on the Chatham Village Board, on the Chatham Works Together Party line. Spock served eight years on the Chatham Central School District Board of Education, including six years as president.

She said the top priority for the village is lack of communication.

“I love being a member of this community and am a firm believer in ‘you can’t complain unless you are willing to be a part of the solution,’” Spock said. “I feel like we need to work together with our community. We have had massive water and sewer increases the last two years; as I am going door to door introducing myself, people really don’t understand why. We need to find ways to communicate better so that they do understand the problems our small village is facing.”