Sam Oliverio — Putnam Valley Town Supervisor
From his service as a Platoon Leader in the U.S. Army, though his administrative positions in the Putnam Valley School System and his combined 23 years of governmental service (5 years as a Putnam Valley Councilman and 18 years as a Putnam County Legislator) Sam has demonstrated true leadership, commitment and caring for all of the residents of Putnam Valley.
Sam Oliverio’s 14 Beliefs:
1. I BELIEVE that our Town’s Priorities should always be the Health and Safety of its residents with an emphasis upon our infrastructure and environment.
2. I BELIEVE a portion of the County’s excess sales tax should come back to our Town, whose infrastructures and businesses generated the sales tax. I will fight very hard to make this happen.
3. I BELIEVE our Town should utilize all of its resources to keep taxes low and stabilized. Any money saved should always go back to the taxpaying public WHO PUT IT THERE.
4. I BELIEVE all of our residents deserve a fully functional Recreation Center in our community.
5. I BELIEVE our Town should always hire qualified Putnam Valley, and if not, Putnam County, residents for our Town government jobs.
6. I BELIEVE that our Town Workers, and our not-for-profit organizations (Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, and Library) should always be praised for the wonderful work that they do and the safety and quality of life that they provide.
7. I BELIEVE that the Town Supervisor’s Office should be the people’s voice telling Albany that school taxes should be based upon income, not property.
8. I BELIEVE the Town Supervisor must be an independent and strong leader not beholden to any group or political party.
9. I BELIEVE government should begin and politics should end once the election is over.
10. I BELIEVE there should be a stronger working relationship between our Schools and Town Government.
11. I BELIEVE that our Library must follow a different path for funding so it can grow and offer more services to the residents.
12. I BELIEVE that Putnam Valley can preserve open space while supporting current and new businesses within our Town.
13. For the safety of our children and all of our community members, I BELIEVE that the construction of the Taconic Parkway Overpass at Pudding Street should be a major priority of our Town Board.
14. Finally, I BELIEVE that with the new Property Tax Rebate Program that Governor Cuomo has established, no Town Board should ever exceed the Tax Cap!
Wendy Whetsel — Putnam Valley Town Board Member
Wendy Whetsel is an experienced member of Putnam Valley’s town board. She initiated and supported a town-wide oil co-op which now provides more competitive oil prices for residents. She worked hard to successfully protect Peekskill Hollow Road from unwanted and unnecessary expansion. She has consistently supported sustainable economic development for our town.
Wendy and her husband Bill have lived on Mill Street in Putnam Valley since 1980, in the John Paulding House which was built in 1763. She initiated the flagging of historic homes in town. She was a founder and first President of the Putnam Valley Residents Coalition in 2001. PVRC was created to bring awareness to the town of the fact that over 800 housing units were being proposed in Putnam Valley.
Wendy is also a member of the Putnam Valley Grange 841, supporting the local agricultural community. She loves working with her friends and neighbors supporting Putnam Valley’s rural character and historic background.
Sherry Howard – Putnam Valley Town Clerk
Having been employed with the Putnam Valley Department of Parks and Recreation beginning in 1999, Sherry served as Senior Clerk for 10 years.
Ms. Howard also currently serves as President of the Putnam Valley Historical Society, is an active member of the Putnam Valley Democratic Committee, is liaison to the Continental Village District Advisory Commission, volunteers with Caitlyn’s Fight, was a member of the Town’s 175th Anniversary Committee, and was awarded the prestigious Robert J. Uplinger Award from the Lion’s Club for Distinguished Community Service. She also served as Vice President of CSEA Local #840 for nine years.
Sherry Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hunter College and was also a Past Member of New York Public Interest Research Group’s Speakers Bureau.
Gina Capone — Putnam Valley Town Judge
Gina Capone is currently serving her fourth term as Town Justice, encompassing 15 years of service to the Town of Putnam Valley. Gina has been in private practice as a lawyer since 1997 after graduating from Pace University Law School.
Professional memberships include the Putnam County Bar Association and the Putnam County Magistrates’ Association, for which she has served as Vice President. Gina has been a resident of Putnam Valley since 1990, and looks forward to continuing to serve the residents of our Town and all the people of Putnam County.