Today I am talking sisterhood and politics with three fabulous women, but first up, I share an interview I did, BC (before Covid), of Mikayla Haggerty, Marlea Catoosa, Ruby Friedman from the Golden Fleece 4H Sheep Club Dutchess County. I met them 2 years ago while attending the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. I wanted hot apple cider and they were selling it, which made me curious about what they were doing there and why. Tune in to find out!
Then around minute 53 I have the honor of welcoming these three women running for local election in the Town of Hurley.
Jana Martin has been active in Ulster County community issues since making it her home in 2000. She’s a content director and editor for green and advanced technology firms, and an author published by The New York Times, Forbes, Simon & Schuster and Random House. She has taught writing at SUNY New Paltz and Word Café in Woodstock and Kingston. She was an active member of Eagle Valley Search Dogs K9 search and rescue team, is a runner and equestrian, and a proud stepmom to two boys. “Hurley’s Town Board needs support for the great work it’s already started — and to truly listen to the concerns of this community. I’d be proud to bring my skills and community spirit to the table.” Running for Hurley Town Board.
Melinda McKnight grew up in the Hamlet of Port Ewen and attended Kingston High School. Upon graduating, she earned an A.S. degree in Journalism from SUNY Ulster, a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Public History from SUNY Albany. She spent her early career in nonprofit administration where she managed all aspects of operations including, developing exhibits and special events, negotiating contracts, grant writing, budgeting and human resources. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at SUNY Ulster, taught Continuing Education classes at Ulster BOCES and provided a 12-week character development program based on The Virtues Project at a medium security NYS Prison. Since 2010, she has worked in the field of Building Performance in a variety of roles in a family-owned company that transitions homes and businesses off fossil fuels. Her current role is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She currently serves as Vice President of Klyne Esopus Historical Society Museum, Board Member of Citizens for Local Power and Councilperson on the Town of Hurley Town Board. As a member of the Hurley Town Board, Melinda worked across party lines in writing and passing a Short Term Rental Law (Commended by the Ulster County Planning Board) and in creating a Zoning Task Force and a Climate Smart Task Force. She’s running for Hurley Town Supervisor.
Lynne Bailey grew up in a rural suburban area of Suffolk County and moved to NYC in 1976 starting her long and diverse professional career. In 2013 she purchased her home in Hurley and in recent years, Lynne has been very involved in community matters, volunteers for the Zoning Task Force and is the communications manager of the Hurley Climate Smart Task Force. Ms. Bailey has long cultivated service-oriented practices, and is eager for the opportunity to serve her community and its residents in the ways she knows best – using modern technology and methods, impeccable recordkeeping and communication skills, for the improvement of local government operations – with the respect and diligence that all residents merit.Service-oriented, accessible, trustworthy, technologically efficient, transparent and accountable. She’s running for Hurley Town Clerk/Tax Collector
They share about why they wanted to get involved in politics, how collaborating and reaching across the political aisle is important, how getting involved in local politics can be very positive and valuable for all of us, some of the challenges they have faced, and how their “sisterhood” has helped them through the difficult moments. So get out and VOTE! Early voting starts October 23rd here in Ulster County and election day is November 2nd!
P.S. here’s the Rosendale Uke Group I mentioned!
Today’s show was engineered by Ian Seda of Radio Kingston.
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