Shawangunk Town Board members sworn in

By Connor Linskey
Posted 12/31/19

The Shawangunk Town Board held a special meeting on Friday afternoon where the newly elected officials were sworn in.

Joseph LoCicero once again captured the highway superintendent position. He …

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Shawangunk Town Board members sworn in

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The Shawangunk Town Board held a special meeting on Friday afternoon where the newly elected officials were sworn in.

Joseph LoCicero once again captured the highway superintendent position. He ran uncontested and earned 1,633 votes on the Republican line. This will be his fourth year as Shawangunk Highway Superintendent.

John Valk Jr. was elected town supervisor yet again at the November election. He earned 1,898 votes, far outpacing challenger Joseph Frangione who had just 204 votes. Valk ran on the Democratic and Republican lines while Frangione ran on the Independence Party line. Valk has served as Shawangunk’s town supervisor since 1998 and has big plans for his upcoming term.

“[I want to] enact some of the zoning,” he said. “[I also want to] upgrade some of the parks.”

Town Clerk Jane P. Rascoe won her uncontested re-election bid. She earned 2,118 votes on the Democratic and Republican lines. She is entering her fifth year as town clerk.

Republican incumbents Brian Amthor and Robert Miller captured the two town board seats. Amthor earned 1,514 votes and Miller had 1,407 votes. Both defeated Democratic challenger and political newcomer Charles Beach handily, who garnered only 810 votes. Amthor has served on the town board since 2007. This will be Miller’s fourth term on the town board.

Michael Voss was elected town justice in November, defeating challenger Julius Collins. Voss took in 1,477 votes on the Republican line, while Collins earned just 722 votes on the Democratic line. This will be Voss’ third term as town justice.

The town board members will begin their new terms on Jan. 1. According to the supervisor, the next few years look promising for residents of Shawangunk.

“We plan to continue low taxes and continue to maintain our services in the town,” Valk said. “We intend to keep the rural landscape and atmosphere that people like.”

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