COXSACKIE — Village elections in Greene County were postponed in March due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials hoped voting could be held June 23, the day of the primary elections, but another postponement meant the villages had to wait three more months.
Village election day is scheduled for Sept. 15 with a hybrid of in-person voting and absentee ballots.
Three candidates are competing for two seats on the Coxsackie Village Board of Trustees. Thomas Notabartolo is running on the Republican line. Katlyn E. Irwin is running on the Democratic line. Rebecca O. Vermilyea is running on the Republican line.
Notabartolo was added to the ballot soon after incumbent Trustee Joseph Ellis died in July.
Topping the political newcomer’s goals if elected are trying to help get a handle on village taxes and maintain the rural charm of the village. He supports growth that will enhance the village, not degrade it.
He wants to improve the connection between village government and the public by being more responsive to what is on the minds of village residents.
Notabartolo, 52, was a state corrections officer for 26 years before he retired in 2019. He graduated from Coxsackie-Athens High School and is an active volunteer firefighter with Coxsackie Hose Co. No. 3.
He is married with three children.
The village of Coxsackie is experiencing a significant amount of change and development, Irwin said, and she is looking for public participation in these matters.
It’s important that all residents of the community have a voice in how these issues affect them and their neighbors, Irwin said, adding there is a lot of room to improve on communication and inclusivity.
If elected, Irwin wants to balance growth with the qualities that make the village appealing.
If elected, Irwin said, she wants to bridge the gap between the new additions to the village and those who have lived and worked their for their entire lives.
Irwin, 36, is a wine steward and works part-time for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. She is a graduate of SUNY Albany.
Vermilyea is a lifelong resident of Coxsackie. She is the former owner-operator, along with her late husband Frank, of Vermilyea’s Downtown News & Lunch, True Value Hardware, V&S Variety, Vermilyea Brothers Ice Company and a distributor of Leisure Time Water.
As a career business owner, Vermilyea said, she developed a strong appreciation of the role small businesses play in serving the needs of our community and employing local residents.
She wants to work to support the creation of more small businesses in the village and support the existing businesses.
Vermilyea is retired from Greene County Emergency Services, experience she said will serve her in assuring first responders they have the equipment and resources they need.