Eso­pus has two can­di­date for Town Board seat

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Wil­liam J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­line.com

Town Deputy Su­per­vi­sor Kathie Quick, a Demo­crat, and Repub­li­can new­comer Jared Geuss will be on the Nov. 8 bal­lot seek­ing to fill the fi­nal year of a four-year Town Board seat.

The seat is now held by Les Kal­mus, who was ap­pointed to the seat and has cho­sen not to seek elec­tion. The seat was va­cated when Diane McCord was elected su­per­vi­sor last year.

Quick, 67, of 39 Hil­drebrandt Lane, Ul­ster Park, is a re­tired el­e­men­tary school teacher who taught in the Marl­boro school dis­trict. She is a rental prop­erty man­ager and works with her hus­band, John Quick, at Quick Stop Deli in Port Ewen.

She is deputy su­per­vi­sor and for­mer deputy town clerk. She was pre­vi­ously un­suc­cess­ful in races for Town Board seats in 2013 and 2015. She will be run­ning this year on the Demo­cratic, Work­ing Fam­i­lies, and Green Party lines.

Quick has lived in the town for 43 years. She and her hus­band have three adult chil­dren. She grad­u­ated from Com­mack High School in 1966 in Suffolk County, earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in el­e­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion in 1970 from SUNY New Paltz, where she re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­grees in en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies in 1975.

She is a mem­ber of the Klyne Eso­pus Mu­seum, the Town of Eso­pus Li­brary, Eso­pus Methodist Church, Eso­pus Se­niors, Eso­pus Wa­ter­front Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, Eso­pus Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and Eso­pus En­vi­ron­men­tal Board.

Quick said the town needs to fo­cus on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment that brings “sus­tain­able” jobs to the com­mu­nity. “We need to make it eas­ier for new busi­nesses to come into town, which would help lessen the tax bur­den on prop­erty own­ers,” she said.

“I’ve also no­ticed that there are many for­mer busi­ness prop­er­ties that have been turned into res­i­den­tial rental prop­er­ties and I think that’s not a good thing,” she said. “So I’d like to en­cour­age more busi­nesses on the (U.S. Route) 9W cor­ri­dor.”

Geuss, 32, of 248 Green St., Port Ewen, is a fore­man for the New York State Bridge Author­ity. He has lived in the town since 1989 and, with his wife, Court­ney, has two chil­dren.

He grad­u­ated from John A. Coleman Catholic High School in 2001.

Geuss pre­vi­ously owned Af­ford­able Lawn and Snow land­scap­ing busi­ness and says it is im­por­tant to im­prove the town’s busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“One of the main con­cerns for our town would be we need to in­crease the tax base in our com­mu­nity and the town of Eso­pus it­self and look to at­tract dif­fer­ent busi­nesses and more busi­nesses,” he said.

“Any busi­ness owner that would like to open up, wel­come them with open arms,” Geuss said. “When they want to come to our town, let’s say yes and then fig­ure out how we’re go­ing to go about and make it hap­pen for them. Whether it be re­zon­ing or things like that, we need to take a spe­cial in­ter­est in peo­ple that are will­ing to in­vest in our town.”

The seat is now held by Les Kal­mus, who was ap­pointed to the seat and has cho­sen not to seek elec­tion. The seat was va­cated when Diane McCord was elected su­per­vi­sor last year.

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