SHANDAKEN, NY – On November 2, outgoing Democratic supervisor Peter DiSclafani will be challenged for a second two-year term by first-time candidate John Blydenburgh on the Republican line.
DiSclafani, 63, will also be on the lines of Working Families in the candidacy for re-election. He won a seat on city council in 2015 and was re-elected in 2019. He unsuccessfully ran for city council in 2012. He was previously a supervisor in 2009-10 and lost one candidacy for re-election.
DiSclafani has lived in the city since 1987 and owns Catskill Rose with his wife Rose Dorn.
“Like most cities, we are trying to regulate (short term rentals) and we have (a law) in the works,” he said. âThere is a committee that has been working on it for a few years. They made recommendations to city council. â¦ We just couldn’t sit down and get a draft on paper to put forward for a public hearing.
Blydenburgh, 50, is an employee of the city’s roads department. He has lived in the city for 41 years and has four children.
Blydenburgh said the city’s priorities are drafting regulations on short-term rental and road maintenance.
âI agree with AirBnBs, but I would like to see them regulated and limited to the locals who live here and fewer companies running them from out of town,â he said.
âThere are a lot of roads that need to be maintained, which they are working on right now to get them paved and repaired,â he said. âPine Hill is in a bit of a sticky situation. They have drainage problems with water and their roads need to be maintained.
City Council, two seats with four-year terms
Robert Drake, 34, IT director of the Nassau Library System, is a first-time candidate on the Democratic line. He has lived in the city since 2018. He would like to work with mobile phone companies to improve the service without impacting the visual basin.
“Along Highway 28, on a good stretch roughly from Mount Tremper to Big Indian, there is no cell service and part of the reason there is no cell service is that there is no cell service. ‘It is very difficult to build towers in the Catskill Forest, land that is forever protected, âhe said.
âOne of the technologies being developedâ¦ is cellular service from telephone poles,â he said. âBasically it’s a lot smaller than a tower with a lot less reach but maybe a lot more practical in a very mountainous area. â¦ It doesn’t have to be 5G. This would use the Citizens Band wireless.
Elizabeth Caelyn Kneissl, 51, project manager for Moey, is a first candidate on the Democratic line. Residents of the city for three years, Kneissl and his wife Katarina have two children.
Kneissl is on the city’s zoning appeal board and would like to see efforts made to develop affordable housing for working residents.
âSmall business owners want a place to live for their employees and I think we have to get them all together to try and solve this problem,â Kneissl said.
“We need to look at how to get current landowners to take their developable land and build or lease it in a way that makes it affordable,” Kneissl said. âIt will require tax incentives and renovation grants to turn less than desirable properties into desirable properties. “
Kenneth Anello, 61, is a freelance landscaper and owner of Slide Mountain Motel. He is a candidate for the first time on the Republican line. He has lived in the city for eight years and has two children.
Anello wants to improve cell service in the city and regulate short-term rentals.
âWe need to get cell phone companies to install more cell phone towers so that we can have increased cell service both for convenience and, more importantly, for safety,â he said. .
âAirBnB has taken off and is hardly regulated in my town,â he said. “I know they’ve worked on it and it’s not over yet, butâ¦ regulations need to be implemented for the safety of AirBnB users.”
Paul Beyer, 68, a part-time handyman and retired consumer electronics store owner, is a first-time candidate on the Republican line. He has lived in the city for 18 years.
Beyer would like short-term rental property to be limited to city residents.
âOne of the issues that concerns me is the absent owners where they don’t live here but buy properties, improve them and put them on AirBnB or some other travel website,â he said. “What I would like to see is a moratorium on new absent owner-owners AirBnB and the like.”
Angel Molina, who is on the Working Families line for a seat on city council, could not be reached for an interview.
Town Justice, two seats, four-year terms
Thomas Crucet, 76, a lawyer in private practice, is running for a seventh four-year term on the Democratic and Republican lines. He lost his first race for the post by seven votes. He has been a resident of the city for 36 years.
“Each case must be treated individually because no two people are the same and no set of facts is alike,” he said. âIt’s about applying the facts to the law and finding a fair solution.
Michael Miranda, 78, a lawyer in private practice, will run for a fourth term on the Democratic line. He has lived in the city since 1978 and with his wife Patti has two children.
âThere are a lot of people who need help and they should get it from the justice system,â he said.
Matt Persons, 60, a retired worker, is a leading candidate for the Republican line. He has lived in the city for 42 years and with his wife Jackie has two children.
People have said the 2018 Miranda alcohol crash, with police reporting a blood alcohol level of 0.17%, followed by the drunken driving guilty plea and censorship by the police. State Commission on Judicial Conduct, had tarnished the municipal court.
âThe priority is to restore some honesty and decency to the city’s judiciary here,â he said. “The integrity of the chambers of judges has been somewhat sullied here.”
Miranda responded that publicity of the incident during an election campaign was unfair. “I knew it would happen,” he said, adding that “no one has ever asked (people) what their qualifications are to be a judge, someone to put someone in jail for a year “.
Outgoing highway superintendent Eric Hofmeister is also on the ballot in undisputed races, with two assessor positions sought by Grace Grant on the Democratic and Republican line and Stephen Neville on the Democratic line.