Councilwoman becoming town recreation director
The Town Board has appointed Councilwoman Elaine Fernandez to be town recreation director effective Jan. 1.
Fernandez will step down from the board and also leave her full-time position as an aide to state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston.
“The rec position ... is a position that’s come up several times since I’ve been on the board,” she said Monday. “It’s a hard one to keep people in.”
Fernandez is in the third year of her first four-year term on the board, and she previously said she would not seek re-election so she could work on writing projects.
“I’ve had a dream since I was a child to write and produce films and plays,” she said. “It’s something I feel really strongly about, and I love organizing events. As a producer, I’ve had a lot of great successes over the last couple of years. I think there would be such a natural fit for me to be a really good recreation director, and it’s another way of continuing my services.”
Fernandez said the recreation position, which pays $20 per hour for a 20-hour work week, will give her an opportunity to work with the community.
“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for such a long time, and I felt like I just needed to do it,” she said. “I just needed to take that plunge. I would have stayed on the board, but I would have left Kevin’s [staff]. It’s full time and ... it’s weekends and evenings, and that’s the time I use for producing and doing the stuff that I do in the arts world.”
Councilman Allan Scherr said five people applied to be recreation director.
When Fernandez steps down as a Town Board member, the remaining year of her term is expected to be served by a board appointee.