TAKING THE REINS
Schodack Republican sworn in to take over District 4 seat
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.
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...