By Alberto Gilman
Stephen Bedetti of New Windsor officially announced on Saturday, January 28 that he will be running for the position of town supervisor in the 2023 election season. This will be Bedetti’s second pursuit of the position. First-time candidate Charlie Broe also officially announced that he will be running for a seat on the New Windsor board. Current Town Supervisor George Meyers and current Councilwoman Sylvia Santiago are also up for reelection this coming November in New Windsor. Neither have announced their election plans.
Born and raised in the town, Bedetti is an alumni of the Newburgh school district who went immediately to work. In August of 1989, Bedetti was hired full-time by the town in the New Windsor Police Department; he currently serves as an active member of the Vails Gate Fire Company, which he joined in 1984 and also works in the Town of Cornwall Police Department. Bedetti married and raised his daughter in the town with now his grandson also being raised in the town as well.
Broe has been a homeowner and resident of the Town of New Windsor for the past 29 years where he and his wife of 27 years have raised their two sons. Broe’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Marist College, a Master of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary College, and he is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Broe’s professional background includes 22 years of law enforcement service, with 20 spent in the City of Newburgh Police Department where he retired as a lieutenant and then two years as the Chief of Police of Hyde Park. Broe currently works as a vice president for a local credit union where he has worked for 11 years in security and fraud. Broe has also coached New Windsor Little League for over a decade, was a youth football coach for the New Windsor Football Program, and serves as the President of the Newburgh Sharks Swim Club.
As a current councilman, Bedetti has served on the town board for the past three years. Now entering into his fourth year, Bedetti feels under the leadership and guidance of Meyers that he is ready to take on this position. “I’ve gotten three years now under my belt of knowledge of the town board goings and doings and everything. I’ve just recently made deputy supervisor [appointed January 11, 2023] by the town supervisor,” said Bedetti. “In my time as a Town Board member and now as Deputy Supervisor, I have been spending much time with current supervisor, George Meyers. I want to be fully knowledgeable of the day-to-day operations of the office. I have been attending meetings with Supervisor Meyers to stay up to speed on every current town project. Supervisor Meyers is very open and providing a great foundation, and I will be ready day one to hit the ground running to keep this town moving in a positive direction.
“If elected Town Supervisor, I will continue my goals I ran on for Town Council, including: absolute transparency in New Windsor government and continue to make it as accessible as possible for all residents and business owners; continue to see through the development of the new sewer plant currently under construction; explore the updating and expansion of the Riley Road Water Filter Plan, which is our tap to the New York City Aqueduct; return the senior overlay district to the Town zoning to help our seniors find more affordable housing. This will allow more senior housing to be built,” said Bedetti. “Expand our Recreation programs. I support and would explore building a new gym for recreation activities after the gym at Stewart was shut down due to safety concerns, work with our police department to address traffic concerns in the area, form a committee of local business owners to see how the town can more efficiently work with them; and encourage more business growth.
“When I was first hired as a New Windsor employee in August of 1989, I was interviewed by then Town Supervisor, George Green,” Bedetti recalled. “During my interview I told George that I wanted to end up in his seat as Supervisor one day. George chuckled at me and said” One thing at a time”,” said Bedetti. “I believe that now is that time. I have always aspired to be Town Supervisor of my hometown and have worked very hard to prepare for it. I wish George was here today to see me pursue my dream.”
Bedetti said he received the endorsement of the New Windsor Republican Committee. Incumbent Meyers, a registered Republican, defeated then-incumbent Green four years ago in a Republican primary and ran for re-election on the Democratic line two years ago.