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Bennett Wine

LEXINGTON — Republican Susan Falke-Turk and Democrat Bennett Wine are running for a seat on the Lexington Town Board in a rematch of two of last year’s candidates.

Voters elected Wine in 2019 to fill one year of an unexpired councilman term. Falke-Turk finished just short of victory in the at-large election. Falke-Turk did not provide a photo to accompany her statements.

Falke-Turk, 50, is married to Emmett Turk. She has a 22-year-old son who also lives in Lexington and a 9-year-old stepson.

She was born and raised in Lexington and has taken care of her grandparents and uncle, and now her mother and father at the family farmhouse. Her grandparents began their life together at the home where she now lives.

Falke-Turk is employed as a head teller at a bank in Ulster County. She has been employed there for 15 years.

If elected, she will hold public office for the first time. She is running on the Republican Party line.

Falke-Turk graduated in 1992 from SUNY Cobleskill with an associate degree in office technology/word processing.

What do you think is the top issue facing your community? What would you do to address this issue if elected?

“The top issue with the Town of Lexington is businesses. We have to travel to other towns for gas, groceries or take-out. We have several travelers coming to town for hiking, fishing, hunting and traveling back out of town to spend money in other communities. I would like to see more opportunities for revenue and jobs in our town.”

Why do you think you will be a good supervisor/trustee? What are you most proud of accomplishing if you hold office? If you are a newcomer, what are you looking forward to accomplishing if elected?

“If elected, I look forward to serving the community I have grown up in. I know most of the residents and I will work hard with the rest of the town council to make Lexington a great place to live, work and enjoy life in.”

Wine, 65, is married to Helle, 62, and has two children, daughter Rebecca, 31, and son Kaleb, 29.

Wine and his family live on Mark Drive in West Kill. He has lived in Greene County for 12 years. He is an artist and designer. Wine is running on the Democratic Party line.

He graduated from Columbia University with a master’s of fine arts degree and from Antioch College with a bachelor’s degree in art.

What do you think is the top issue facing your community? What would you do to address this issue if elected?

“Our town has been graying for some time now and needs to grow in a controlled, reasonable manner. I was the co-chair of the Lexington Broadband Initiative, which brought broadband to our town. This was a huge step in bringing Lexington into the future. Since then our growth has started and we are beginning to get young families with children to come to our town. With the advent of COVID-19, more people have seen the advantages of living and working from our town, and I would assume the growth will continue. Now the challenge is how to best adapt the town to the changing situation and at the same time keep the things that we love about the town intact.”

Why do you think you will be a good supervisor/trustee? What are you most proud of accomplishing if you hold office? If you are a newcomer, what are you looking forward to accomplishing if elected?

“I have been a good board member because I have a vision for the town and I have been acting on it:

“I want to promote attracting businesses that will have the right fit with our town, to further grow the tax base and to attract more future citizens as I did when I voted to approve the Windham Falls project.

“I want to exploit the physical beauty of our area to attract more tourists and to better serve Lexingtonians, who love their surroundings. I took a step in that direction when I voted to approve our participation in the Greene County Scenic Byways project.

“I want to take care of our seniors and people with limited means who are a vital part of the town, therefore I voted for extensions of Tax Exemptions for Senior Citizens & Persons with Disabilities & Limited Incomes.”

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