Two years after George Meyers reclaimed the supervisor’s seat from George Green, he faces a challenge for re-election.
Meyers, who defeated Green in the Republican primary in 2019, is running strictly on the Democratic and the United 4NW lines this year. His challenge comes from Republican Councilman Stephen A. Bedetti. The race for town council includes incumbent Steven Moreau and Eve I. Lincoln on the Republican and Conservative lines. They are being challenged by Democrats Michele Marte-Indzonka and Joseph E. Ammons. In other town races, Anthony E. Fayo (R-C) is running unopposed for Superintendent of Highways, Noreeen Calderin (R-C) seeks re-election as Town Justice and Gail Fletcher (D-U4NW-WF) faces Incumbent Susan C. Scheible (R-C) for Receiver of Taxes.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Meyers joined the Navy at the age of 17 and served for six years until his return home. After his military service, Meyers joined the New York State Police. Meyers is one of five generations of police and rose to the rank of troop commander during his tenure on the force.
As a former officer, Meyers recognized the situations occurring across the country with policing. During his recent term as supervisor, Meyers, along with other donations from residents, purchased body cameras for each of the officers. Under Meyers, the town has a new K-9 unit and purchased five new police vehicles and a motorcycle. A bicycle unit was established to create more interaction between the police and residents within the town developments.
During his term, Meyers also accomplished keeping the tax rates for New Windsor residents, upgrading all the parks in the town and creating a new dog park. Meyers is also responsible for the return of the Catskill Aqueduct water to the town and is looking to improve the water quality for the residents. He also instituted an 18 month building moratorium during his current tenure due to overdevelopment. A Comprehensive Master Plan has been adopted and the moratorium has been lifted to address any issues.
If re-elected, Meyers looks to continue to run the town with the same mentality and efficiency that he has shown during the course of this year and last year.
“I’m here to protect the taxpayers,” Meyers said. “This is open government. I pride myself on returning phone calls every single day. You call me on a Monday, I’ll call you back on a Monday. You send me an email on a Monday, I’ll send you an email on a Monday.”
Bedetti hopes to move from council to the supervisor’s office in January.
Born and raised in New Windsor, Bedetti graduated from the Newburgh school district and immediately went to work. He and his wife have raised a daughter in the town and is a proud grandfather of his grandchild.
At the age of 20, Bedetti was hired full-time by the town in August of 1989 and has worked for the town in a variety of positions ever since.
Bedetti currently serves as the Police Communications Supervisor in the Town of New Windsor. He joined the Town of Cornwall Police Department in April of 1999. In September of 1984, he joined the Vails Gate Fire Company. Bedetti has also been a part of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Local 836 since August of 1989.
Bedetti discussed going into the public and knocking on doors has led to constructive conversations because of the involvement of residents online and tuning in. Knocking on doors and campaigning has been a great experience for Bedetti. Working with Moreau and Scheible has been a great experience for Bedetti. The importance of teamwork between the three of them motivates them to work for the betterment of the town.
Going into the new term, Bedetti looks to ensure that resident taxes are maintained properly. Bedetti also looks to upgrade and expand the New Windsor water treatment plant, which receives water from the Catskill Aqueduct, and upgrade and expand the wastewater treatment plant. Bedetti also looks to develop Stewart Airport property for new ventures and develop a new recreational indoor gym within the town. With that space, he hopes to expand recreation services and programs for both youths and seniors in the town. He will continue to fully support all first responders in the town and plans to develop an enhanced notification system for all town residents that will relay alerts for upcoming events or emergencies.
“It’s good to speak to people face to face,” Moreau said. “I’m fully invested in New Windsor.”
In this upcoming election, Moreau will be running for re-election on the New Windsor town council. Moreau has served on the council for the past four years.
Born in Walden, Moreau and his wife have enjoyed 23 years living in the town and of marriage, while raising their two daughters here in the Town of New Windsor.
During the course of his career, Moreau has worked in distribution for 1800 Mattress, formed his own trucking company and was the director of operations, served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Orange County Choppers and founded his own real estate firm, Tactical Realty LLC.
Moreau discussed that working with Bedetti during the course of the year has been a great effort and he supports Bedetti’s push for office.
Working with Bedetti and Scheible during the course of the weeks leading up to the election, Moreau is appreciative of this collaboration for the betterment of the town. For Moreau, his understanding and learning of the town continues to grow each day with the support of the community and his team.
With his background in real estate, Moreau recognizes the importance of smart development. In recent years, with the development of new homes, people from New York City gradually moved north to the New Windsor area. Another point of development that they believe would benefit the town would be property at Stewart Airport.
Eve I. Lincoln
”I represent an important demographic of this town that needs to be heard,” notes Eve Lincoln on her campaign website “I am a younger resident, female, mother, new parent, working family, and much more.”
Lincoln describes herself as a 4th generation New Windsor resident.
“I come from a large, diverse family. Some of my immediate relatives work in local and federal government, local schools, local unions, and own small businesses," she notes on her website. "My grandparents were dedicated individuals to this town, holding positions in the Town Planning Board, and New Windsor Fire Department. My aunt was a Town Councilwoman for many years, and one of the founders of New Windsor Community Day."
Lincoln is a children’s rights attorney for Orange County, specializing in family law. Her background and experience include a variety of legal areas; including municipal, zoning, town, and contract law which, she notes, are "pertinent to the roles and responsibilities of a town board member,."
“I have received so much positive feedback about my campaign since I announced.," she said. "New Windsor residents are very excited for a fresh face and a young mother to represent them on the town board. I look forward to exploring all of my ideas and really getting things done once elected.”
Marte-Indzonka is a 28 year resident of the Town of New Windsor who with her husband have raised two adult children. She has worked as an attorney for the past 30 years, specializing in criminal defense.
She grew up in the City of Mount Vernon in Westchester County. Marte-Indzonka is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, completing her degree in 1985. She then went on to the University of Connecticut School of Law and graduated in 1988. She is admitted to the bar in both New York and Connecticut, but chose to practice law in New York.
Working with her team, Marte-Indzonka is in constant communication with her team and is fortunate to be a part of this team going forward. “It’s been great,” Marte-Indzonka said. “It’s a great experience.” Marte-Indzonka’s priorities when elected are safe, drinkable water, repairs to the water treatment plant and wells, and supporting small businesses through smart development.
In this upcoming local election, Marte-Indzonka encourages residents to reach out and attend board meetings both in person and online to learn more about the initiatives and work that is being done for the town.
“This has been extremely exciting,” Ammons said. “Row A all the way.”Ammons, with his wife, have raised their nine year old son here in the Town of New Windsor. A graduate from Newburgh Free Academy in 1992, Ammons currently serves as the current President of the Newburgh School District Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). This will be his third term. He is also the current Vice President of CSEA Local 836 for all Orange County. He is entering his second term.
For Ammons, his experience and preparing for the election has been an exciting experience. Knocking on doors and collecting notes on resident problems that need to be addressed.
If elected, Ammons along with his running mates hope to work towards cleaner water and sewer treatment under the guidance of Meyers. Ammons also looks to expand community involvement and lobby legislation to support New Windsor. For Ammons, his hopeful appointment will help balance out the current council.
Heading into the election, Ammons decided to run through his interest in local government. He enjoys talking to people and learning more about the needs, working with this collaborative team. He encourages the community to become more involved in their local government.
Susan C. Scheible
Born and raised and still living in the town, Scheible’s roots in New Windsor trace back to her grandfather who immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s and started his family in New Windsor.
A 1983 graduate of Newburgh Free Academy and 1987 graduate of the University of Jamestown in North Dakota with a degree in computer science.
In November of 2009, Scheible was sworn into office as the Deputy Receiver of Taxes. She began her tenure under the leadership of Mary Ann Hotaling, the previous receiver. In January of 2011, Hotaling passed away.
In February of 2011, Scheible was appointed to Receiver of Taxes and has run unopposed until now.
In 2011, Scheible was appointed the head of the water department and continues to run the department. “I believe the more interaction that the residents can have, the more control they have of what their bills are going to be,” Scheible said. For now the water department answers calls and responds to calls.
For Scheible, she encourages her neighbors to come out and become involved in their local government. “I absolutely love my town,” Scheible said.
Born in Fletcher grew up Campbell Hall with her six brothers and sisters. She went through the Washingtonville School District before moving to New York City and graduated from Fordham University with a degree in economics. Fletcher worked in institutional research and hedge fund trading utilizing technology skills on Wall Street for 25 years.
For Fletcher, knocking on doors and collecting input from residents, both new and old, helps her connect and address issues. One issue that Fletcher hopes to address is affordable housing due in part to the pandemic. Within the department, Fletcher recognizes the need for a Spanish liaison for the various residents that have moved to the area within the last several years. The hopeful promotion of unity within the board is also a goal Fletcher hopes to achieve in the upcoming election. This will be Fletcher’s first run for public office.
Voting will take place November 2.