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Town of Southeast Town Board is the legislative, appropriating, governing and policy determining body of the Town and consists of four board members, elected at large to serve a four year term, plus the Town Supervisor. Town Board members may serve an unlimited number of terms. It is the responsibility of the Town Board to enact, by resolution, all legislation including ordinances and local laws. Annual operating budgets for the Town must be approved by the Town Board; modifications and transfers between budgetary appropriations also must be approved by the Town Board; modifications and transfers between budgetary appropriations also must be authorized by the Town Board on the recommendation of the Town Supervisor. The original issuance of all Town indebtedness is subject to approval by the Town Board.
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    Robert S. Cullen (Rep) Indian Point Entergy Nuclear Security Officer, Retired Police Sergeant

  • Eliabeth D. Hudak (Rep)

  • John Lord (Dem)

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    Melinda C. Montanaro (Dem) Former Marketing Executive and Small Business Owner

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What do you want to achieve as a member of the Town Council?

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How will you overcome those challenges?

What infrastructure upgrades will you work to accomplish while in office for your town.

What town services will you implement for consolidation of services with neighboring towns or the County?

Campaign Phone (914) 557-3823
Facebook Hudak and Cullen for Southeast
Education High School, Archbishop Stepinac White Plains BS, Iona College. Certificate in Police Supervision, Pace University
Bio 21 year police office, two terms on Southeast Town Board. Two children, Madison 17, 12th grade Brewster HS and Emily 15, 10th Grade Brewster HS
Endorsements NYPD Police Sergeant's, Southeast Republicans, Conservatives, and Independence Party Endorsed.
Maintain lowest tax rate in Putnam County and grow smart commercial growth to grow our tax base in Southeast to help maintain low residential property taxes
Unfunded mandates from NYS, and overregulation of NYC DEP in approving commercial development in the Town, due to Watershed regulations
Explore budget line by line, will curtail costs. Look to increase Town's tax base by approving smart commercial development, which will increases the tax base to the Town, without adding students to the school system, like residential projects do. ,
New water source for Peaceable Hill Water district, develop a road paving plan.
I would like to see more shared service with the Village of Brewster, and County of Putnam, and Brewster Schools. I am willing to look at all possible shared services, such as snow plowing and Property Assessing, to end redundant services.
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Campaign Phone (845) 519-9024
Education Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton BA English Literature 1976
Bio Fifty year resident of Southeast; Board member-Concerned Residents of Southeast; Putnam County Land Trust Steward; Active Bike Enthusiast
I want to make the town board more responsive to the needs of residents, listening and paying attention to their concerns. After knocking on a lot of doors, I believe that many people feel that their voice isn’t being heard. I want to work hard to get to a place where Southeast residents are confident in their town council and believe its decisions are based on their best interests.
The first challenge is to get elected! After that, the challenge will be to get the entire town board to cooperate and focus its efforts on making every town entity accountable. The challenge beyond that would be to demonstrate to residents that the board is taking their concerns to heart.

One way that the town board could demonstrate its work ethic would be to provide a monthly report from its members. Each of the council members is a liaison to different advisory boards or town departments. An update every month would let residents know what is going on and show that council members are actively involved and informed. It would also give insight into how the board is looking at issues before decisions are made. I’d like the board’s outreach to the county, state, school district, Board of Health, etc., regarding local issues to be more public as well. Achieving both of these goals would likely require some upgrades in avenues of communication.
Right now, only town board meetings are filmed and broadcast on the local-access channel. I would like to get all important planning board and zoning board meetings on video also so residents can be fully informed.
I believe that consolidating purchasing departments for equipment and supplies is one area that should be looked at for cost savings. If not consolidation, then a county wide clearinghouse should be established for the county and neighboring towns to share information on their successes and areas that they would welcome help with.
Campaign Phone (917) 776-6432
Facebook facebook.com/melindamontanarofortowncouncil
Twitter twitter.com/melindacaro
Education Rutgers University
Bio Melinda is a former marketing executive, a small business owner, a community volunteer and a wife and mother.
I want to achieve a stronger more successful Southeast. I will approve smarter more beneficial development: development that can contribute to our tax base and add jobs without putting the burden on the residents on this town. I would also like to enhance our recreation, parks, and open spaces; these are areas that can lead to not only a better quality of life but revenue as well.

The biggest challenges that affect achieving any goals are time and motivation; goals in government are no different. From observing Town Board meetings it’s easy to see who works the hardest. I believe that there is a lot more work that could be done.
I am doer; I always have been. I’m always looking for that next project that helps someone in some way and I give it my unwavering attention and dedication. I also believe, serving our residents starts and ends with communication. The strongest asset, in any town, is its residents. If we set goals together and work together, we can achieve anything.

Our recreation programs, parks, and open spaces play a key role in our quality of life. Many of these area have not been updated in many years. I would like to secure grants and public-private funding to restore and revitalize these areas.
Governor Cuomo's new initiative to reduce property taxes requires counties to assemble local governments to find efficiencies for real, recurring taxpayer savings. Unfortunately, Putnam County opted out of this initiative. That being said, the Town of Southeast should work proactively and reach out to surrounding towns to leverage purchasing power when buying common supplies.

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