Esopus 2017-10-17T16:41:03+00:00

Esopus Forward – Voices you can trust

Vote: Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Esopus Democratic Committee

(from left to right) Chris Farrel, Kathy Kiernan, Shannon Harris, Holly Netter, Kathie Quick and Laura Petit

Laura Petit for Legislator LD 8
Shannon Harris for Supervisor
Kathie Quick for Councilman
Chris Farrell for Councilman
Kathy Kiernan for Councilman
Holly Netter for Clerk

Esopus Forward – Committed to our community

We are Esopus Forward… taxpayers with a vision to improve the quality of life in Esopus.

This means a stronger community at the neighborhood level – transparency, low taxes, jobs, economic vitality, improved infrastructure, safety, protected natural resources and waterfront.

We’re going to make sure Esopus continues to be a desirable place to live, raise a family, do business and retire.

With your energy and enthusiasm on Election Day (Tuesday, Novemebr 7), we can achieve a more vibrant, forward-looking community.

Esopus Democrats
PO Box 972, Port Ewen NY 12466

Your Esopus Forward candidates

Laura Petit, Legislator / 8 LD

  • Former two-term Ulster County Legislator for Esopus
  • Community advocate, author and grant writer, secured millions in public funding
  • Sponsored legislation to create the Ulster County Volunteer Incentive Program for Emergency Responders | 845-340-1293

Shannon Harris, Supervisor

  • 13-years executive management at major Accounting & Tax firm
  • Proven oversight of multi-million-dollar budgets, resources departments and staff
  • Experience in municipal planning and historic preservation
  • Ulster Park mom raising 3 sons attending Robert Graves Elementary

Holly Netter, Clerk

  • Current Town Clerk
  • Served with distinction as Deputy Tax Collector and Deputy Town Clerk
  • Proud mom of 3 and wife John Netter, Jr.
  • Vice President of Ulster County Town Clerks and Tax Collectors Association
  • Former Asst. Vice President at Albany Savings Bank/Charter One | 845-706-9121

Chris Farrell, Councilman

  • Kingston City School Board, 4 yrs President and Vice President
  • Respected local leader with budget skills to deliver cost savings
  • Vice President of Ulster BOCES Board
  • Former Esopus Rec Commission Member
  • 16-year veteran of Ulster Probation Dept.
  • 26-year Clinical Social Worker | 845-901-8542

Kathie Quick, Councilman

  • Current Esopus Councilman and Deputy Supervisor
  • Member of Waterfront Advisory, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Board
  • President of the Esopus Seniors group
  • Co-manager of family-owned retail business
  • Retired 34-year local teacher and community volunteer and organizer | 845-389-8908

Kathy Kiernan, Councilman

  • Chair of the Esopus Zoning Board and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Deputy Esopus Clerk under Diane McCord
  • Senior Caseworker at Ulster Department of Social Services (CSEA)
  • Caseworker for Office for the Aging 2003-08
  • Retired from Verizon
  • Save Esopus Lighthouse volunteer | 845-532-1464

Our Vision

Smart growth to stimulate local businesses
Forward thinking and transparent government
Controlling taxes and a balanced budget
Alternative funding/grants for infrastructure
Protected riverfront and natural resources
Critical planning for Port Ewen water district

Esopus Democratic Committee

Dear Esopus Democrats and friends,

For many Democrats, the results of the 2016 Presidential Election have been disheartening to say the least. Whether you are dissatisfied with the primary election results and nomination process to represent our party or the tone and conduct during the election season of President Donald Trump, we must face these issues together. The policy priorities and leadership demeanor of the new administration has served to divide, not heal our national consciousness. Many have been called to act – – – to express this disappointment through marches, letter writing, and community engagement. Where can we go next?

In 2015, the Esopus Democratic Committee, under the dynamic leadership of our outgoing Town Supervisor Diane McCord, laid out a clear vision with tangible policy goals for the Town of Esopus. These included the reorganization and improvements to the town transfer station, including the installation of solar panels, a town-wide economic development committee, and working towards a sorely needed update to our town’s comprehensive plan. These initiatives are now well underway.

Our agenda for the next term is just as ambitious:

  1. Hire a professional grant writer for the town to expand capital funding opportunities;
  2. Improve Esopus’s parks and recreational amenities;
  3. Establish a John Burroughs Visitor Center as tourism draw;
  4. Develop more inclusive local government through better use of public-private partnerships.

As Democrats in the Town of Esopus, we don’t have sweeping policy mandates that can
shape our country. Instead our goal is to build a stronger community at the neighborhood level and we need your help. In 2017, we will be fielding candidates for as many as seven elected positions, including Town Supervisor and three Town Council seats. We are reaching out to you to help us identify forward thinking, progressive leaders who may wish to run for office in collaboration with the Esopus Democratic Committee. The only requirement is a commitment to our town and a desire to continue the momentum of improvements that serve our diverse residents, our environment, and our numerous community organizations. We also need your energy and ideas at the meeting table as we shape our local agenda. The Esopus Democratic Committee meets monthly at the Town Hall Community Room – the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00pm.

Come to these meetings to join the dialog; our meetings are open and guests are always welcome.

Don’t hesitate to call and discuss these matters further at (845) 332.6600. We are eager to hear from you!


Roscoe Pecora
Esopus Democratic Committee Chair

Save the Date – Sunday, June 4

Annual Pancake Breakfast & Raffle

Town of Esopus Community Room
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
$10 Donation. Take outs available. Fisherman’s Raffle.
Pancakes with all the fixings.

RSVP to or (845) 332-6600

Save the Date – Friday, August 4

Family Fun Night/Chicken BBQ

George Freer Memorial Park Pavilion
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Enjoy music, games, and ice cream with the Esopus Democratic Committee
as we kick off another election season.

Stone Pony Chicken BBQ fundraiser – $15/pp
Take outs available starting at 4:30 pm.

RSVP to or (845) 332-6600

Save the Date – October (date TBA)

Bottomless Chili Bowl Fundraiser
Vegetarian options. Join us for the Fiesta!

Esopus Democratic Committee
Port Ewen, NY 12466
(845) 332-6600