Ned Depew “As Supervisor I would bring the same dedication that I have brought to all my work: to educate and train myself to do the best job of which I am capable. Rather than imposing pre-formed solutions on our problems, I will seek to learn by listening to all stakeholders, bring them together and work to reach collaborative solutions that all can support. I interpret the phrase "public service" literally, and that is what I will do as Supervisor: identify the issues that are important to Stuyvesant residents and actively engage, personally and with the community, to acquire the resources and develop responses that will work to make things better.”
Paula Van Meter I am running for election to continue serving as Stuyvesant Town Justice.
After graduating from Colby College in Maine I joined the Peace Corps in Malawi, Africa and then earned a law degree from Syracuse University. I have worked for the last 40 years in public and government offices in New York City, Maine and upstate New York as a prosecutor, defense attorney and civil litigator.
Public service has always been my passion so I applied for a position on the Stuyvesant Town Planning Board where I served for two years when I was approached to fill an unexpected vacancy on the Town Justice Court in December 2018. I believe that my training and experience enable me to represent the community with competence and compassion.
Lee Jamison, Town Council, was raised on a dairy farm in the Hudson Valley and has lived in Stuyvesant for 35 years. She has a Masters degree in Social Work and provides therapy for people with Disabilities from Camphill Village and COARC, and has been an advocate for them. Lee has spearheaded environmental and community grassroots projects - the Depot Restoration, trail building at Hummel Park, Stuyvesant Pathways community action advisory council, Riverkeeper Shoreline Cleanups, and as Kinderhook Memorial Library Trustee.
Leigh Widjeskog of Sharptown Road comes to the Town Council race with over a decade of experience in healthcare and direct advocacy on behalf of senior citizens as a business analyst for the NYS EPIC program. An Ichabod Crane graduate, mother of two and a progressive Democrat, Widjeskog has a deep appreciation for the cultural and agricultural assets of Stuyvesant. She hopes to bring a fresh, modern, service-oriented approach to the position of Town Council.