Coun­cil­woman be­com­ing town recre­ation di­rec­tor

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

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.

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