TAK­ING THE REINS

Schodack Repub­li­can sworn in to take over Dis­trict 4 seat

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Ni­cholas Buo­nanno nbuo­nanno@troyrecord.com @Nick­Buo­nanno on Twit­ter

TROY, N.Y. » Mem­bers of the Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­ture unan­i­mously ap­pointed Charles Peter to be sworn-in as the new Dis­trict 4 county leg­is­la­tor.

Dur­ing its monthly June meet­ing, the leg­is­la­ture passed a res­o­lu­tion to ap­point Peter, R- Schodack, to the empty seat that was va­cated af­ter Repub­li­can Jake Ashby won a spe­cial elec­tion in April to rep­re­sent the 107th New York State As­sem­bly Dis­trict.

Af­ter pass­ing the first res­o­lu­tion of the night, which was to ap­point Peter, he was then im­me­di­ately sworn-in by his fa­ther, Paul Peter, a town jus­tice in Schodack.

Peter joins fel­low Repub­li­cans Robert Loveridge and Scott Ben­dett as leg­is­la­tors rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 4 in Rens­se­laer County. Dis­trict 4 in­cludes the vil­lage of Castle­ton, towns of Nassau, Schodack and Sand Lake, and the vil­lages of Nassau and East Nassau.

Peter, 33, is a life­long res­i­dent of Schodack and grew up on his fam­ily dairy farm, Peter’s Dairy Farm. He is a grad­u­ate of Maple Hill High School and at­tended Hud­son Val­ley Com­mu­nity Col­lege be­fore re­turn­ing to work on the fam­ily farm full time.

Peter con­tin­ues to work on the farm and also serves on the Schodack Cen­tral School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion. Peter will need to run in the No- vem­ber elec­tion to of­fi­cially be elected to fill out the re­main­der of the four-year term.

Leg­is­la­ture Chair­man Mike Stam­mel, R-Rens­se­laer, said the Repub­li­can com­mit­tees from all of the towns and vil­lages in dis­trict 4, held in­ter­views for can­di­dates. Peter even­tu­ally met with the Repub­li­can ma­jor­ity of the leg­is­la­ture be­fore they de­cided that they wanted to of­fi­cially ap­point him to the seat.

“We are pleased to wel­come Charles to the leg­is­la­ture. He comes from a fam­ily of hard work­ing farm­ers and I am con­fi­dent that he will work tire­lessly for the folks in his dis­trict,” Stam­mel said.

Peter said it felt good to get some of his first votes in af­ter be­ing sworn-in Tues­day night and that he does have some goals that he hopes to achieve as a county leg­is­la­tor.

“I’m al­ways in­ter­ested in work­ing to help pre­serve the eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity for farm­ers, it’s some­thing close to my heart com­ing from a di­ary farm fam­ily, so that’s an area close to my heart,” Peter said. “I also want to con­tinue the work on the Dewey Lo­ef­fel Land­fill [in the town of Nassau].”

Peter said that it was ex­tra mean­ing­ful for him to have his fa­ther swear him in to the seat.

“That’s a very big deal for me, my fa­ther of­fi­ci­ated my wed­ding and has of­fi­ci­ated this as well, it’s been an honor watch­ing him through the years, he’s into 26 years now on the bench, so that

was a spe­cial treat for us,” Peter said.

“It was quite an honor [to swear my son in] ...

and to be able to swear my son in as a county leg­is­la­tor was kind of a high point of my life,” said Paul Peter.

Peter is mar­ried to Cath­leen and has two daugh­ters: Emma, age 4, and Lily age 2.

NI­CHOLAS BUO­NANNO NBUO­NANNO@TROYRECORD.COM

Newly ap­pointed Rens­se­laer County Leg­is­la­tor Charles Peter, R-Schodack, gets sworn-in by his fa­ther, Schodack Town Jus­tice Paul Peter, dur­ing Tues­day night’s leg­is­la­ture meet­ing. Peter is joined by his wife Cath­leen and their two daugh­ters Emma, in the...

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