VALATIE–Incumbent Mayor Gary Strevell is running for reelection this month on the Valatie Experience ballot line. He faces a challenge from Diane Argyle, the village parks director, who seeks to replace him and is running on the Open Door line in the non-partisan election.
Valatie elections will be held at the current village hall at Spring and Main Streets from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Below are reports on each candidate.
Mr. Strevell has served as mayor for 10 years. A press release from Valatie Experience said that throughout his time serving the village he has secured over $4.5 million dollars in grants and aid. In addition to infrastructure, the mayor has focused on Main Street revitalization and has worked to expand services, including the construction of the Valatie Senior Center on William Street.
Mr. Strevell also said he and candidate Lisa Hill, who is running with him as a candidate for trustee, will work to assure a smooth transition of the village offices from the current village hall to the Martin H. Glynn School building, which the village now shares with the Town of Kinderhook. The candidates said they will pursue a shared services grant with the town to help implement this process at minimal local cost and maximum energy efficiency.
In the press release Mr. Strevell says, “I’m very proud of my track record as mayor. I’ve worked extremely hard to better Valatie.”
Mr. Strevell is president of A-magine Business Services, Inc, a computer and software consulting firm. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, on Spruce Drive.
Diane Argyle has lived in the village for 40 years. Besides her appointment as parks director, Ms. Argyle is the chairperson for the village Zoning Board of Appeals for five years. She is active in several committees, including the Town of Kinderhook Trail Committee, the town and village Neighborhood Watch programs and the Sidewalk Link Committee, which is a joint committee with the Village of Kinderhook for the sidewalk that will connect the two villages on Route 9. She has also worked on two Habitat for Humanity house builds in Valatie and Hudson.
Ms. Argyle is retired from Verizon, where she was a shop steward. She and her husband have owned three local businesses, including the Dairy Queen in Ghent which they sold over a decade ago.
“I strongly believe in an open government,” she said in a phone interview. She feels strongly about political term limits. Ms. Argyle is running, she said, because she wants villagers to have a choice when they vote. “I love this community,” she said.
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