Steve is in his third term as Alderman of the 8th Ward and is a lifelong resident of the Rondout area. He has a 45+ year work history, including 32 years with the Ulster County Department of Social Services, retiring as the Director of Resource Recovery where he administered 5 departments. Following that he worked 10 years as a Marketing Manager for Hudson Health Plan. Steve has been an active volunteer in the community for over 40 years and has logged thousands of hours of service. Included in that is 20+ years serving on the Kingston Parks and Recreation Commission where he sat as Chair as well as serving on the Heritage Area Commission. His goal has always been to improve the quality of life in our area and one of his areas of focus has been the improvement of the Waterfront area, working with City Administration and others to replace bulkheads, identify Brownfields and speak with developers to generate a renewed interest in this historical area of the city. He also served on the Kingston Waterfront Flooding Task Force, developing ideas to combat the rising water levels that threaten the areas adjacent to the Rondout Creek. Since becoming a member of the Common Council he has served as the Chair of the Public Safety Committee and has sat on the Finance Committee and Laws and Rules Committee. Steve also attends many Planning Board meeting to keep abreast of issues that affect his ward and the city. As a member of the Finance Committee working with department heads the Council was able to pass a budget with a 0% tax increase and currently has a fund balance which is the largest in City history. They were also able to enact legislation allowing the City to auction vacant properties, generating revenue while at the same time eliminating the cost of demolition. These measures thereby preserved our cities structures, returned properties to the tax rolls and brought new residents to the city.
Steve is readily available to both his constituents and department heads and has fielded hundreds of calls in a timely manner. He continues to be an advocate for the youth of Kingston and still volunteers many hours for our future leaders. As a “hands-on” volunteer he spends many hours monthly working on park beautification and senior and youth activities. Steve was instrumental in allowing the Kingston Point BMX to obtain a new lease agreement, allowing them to remain in Kingston.
Steve has been married for 42 years to his wife Lynn (Tucker), who is an RN presently caring for their grandchildren. Their daughter Dalienne, is a teacher at J F Kennedy School in Ward 8, and is married to David Niles and have 3 daughters, Aelan, Brook & Taylor. They also have a son Jay Schabot who is married to Stephanie Sarkies and reside in Manhattan with their young son, Mason.
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