Candidates for elected office who have been endorsed by the City of Kingston Democratic Committee for the 2019 General Election
Ward 1) Jeffrey Morell
Jeffrey Ventura Morell is the Alderman for Kingston’s first ward. He serves on the Laws and Rules, Public Safety and Community Development committees.
As Alderman Jeffrey works to build a forward looking city while preserving Kingstons rich history and legacy. He is driven by a strong belief that the city is strongest when it is open to new development and a growing population, without driving away our long-time residents and businesses who have persevered over the years. He believes that strong constituent services is critical to being an effective Alderman, and makes being available to and responding to constituents’ concerns a primary focus.
Jeffrey is an art historian with 20 years experience in research, and business and retail management. He lives in Uptown Kingston with his husband, Lyndel and their three dogs.
Ward 2) Douglas Koop
- Two terms as Ward 2 Alderman, City of Kingston
- Chair—Finance and Audit Committee
- Married to Constance E. Rudd
- Four children
- Kingston resident since 1995
- Graduate of Lehigh University (Ph.D—Metallurgy and Materials Science), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Physics) and Middletown High School
- Adjunct Lecturer (Physics, Mathematics, Engineering) at SUNY-New Paltz (16 years)
- Treasurer, SUNY-New Paltz Chapter of United University Professions
- Former General Manager of Philips Electronics Saugerties Ferroxcube factory)
- Former CEO and President of Hudson Valley Technology Development Center, Inc.
- Previous positions include Chief Operating Officer, YBM, Budapest, Hungary; President, Crucible Magnetics, Elizabethtown, KY; General Manager, Arnold Magnetics, Adelanto, CA; Staff Engineer, Alcoa Laboratories, Pittsburgh, PA
- Former Board memberships with YMCA of Kingston, Mid-Hudson Pattern, Performing Arts of Woodstock
- US Masters Swimming All American (2011)
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Ward 3) Rennie Scott-Childress
Reynolds “Rennie” Scott-Childress is the Alderman for Ward 3 in the City of Kingston. He is the current Majority Leader of the Common Council. He has long been involved in civic activities from coaching youth soccer to rail-trail cleanups to teaching disadvantaged students. He served on the Kingston Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee from its inception. As an Alderman, he sits on the Finance, Public Safety, and Laws and Rules Committees. Since taking his seat on the Common Council in April 2016, Scott-Childress has worked to reduce tax rates for both home- and business owners, expand community development, build bridges of trust, increase awareness of and appreciation for the many projects and services the City of Kingston provides for its residents. He has been a professor of history at SUNY New Paltz since 2005.
Ward 4) Rita Worthington
Rita M. Worthington, who has resided in the City of Kingston for more than 30 years, is finishing her first term on the Common Council. She is married to Rev. Paul D. Worthington and they have a blended family of 7 children. Rita began her legal career in 1996 and received her degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. She is currently employed as a Paralegal at the law firm of Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP. She also received her certification in Family Law mediation and counseling.
Rita formerly served as a Commissioner on the Kingston City Police Department as well as Moderator of the Community Policing forums. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Kingston City Library, Ulster County Mental Health Association and Save Them Now, a re-entry program for returning citizens from incarceration. Rita is a licensed minister at the New Progressive Baptist Church where she also serves as the Chairperson of the Trustee Board.
Rita believes it is her duty to advocate on behalf of those who feel they cannot advocate for themselves. Toward that end, she is committed to working and serving the citizens of Kingston.
Don Tallerman is the Democratic nominee for Alderman for Ward 5 in the City of Kingston. Don is the owner, along with his wife Judy, of 2 businesses in Kingston. Dragon360 is a digital marketing firm located in Uptown. The company works with companies around the US, providing marketing solutions & lead generation. Senate Garage is an event venue featuring weddings, political gatherings, Gala’s, and corporate events.
Don has made significant investments in Kingston, both financially and community focused. Aside from Senate Garage, Don owns an investment property on St. James Street plus his home on Fair Street. In the community, Don is on the Board of KUBA (Kingston Uptown Business Association) and the Board of Congregation Emanuel. Don was on the Advisory Committee for the $10 million DRI money recently awarded to Kingston. He currently serves Ulster County on the Technical Advisory Board of the Kingston Wayfinding initiative.
Don’s vision for our City is to build on the current momentum and help Kingston reach its potential economically and socially. Improving our infrastructure, attracting new jobs & businesses and making the City a fair and just place for all its residents.
Ward 6) Tony Davis
Tony is currently serving his second term as Alderman of Ward 6. He is a member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of the Community Development Committee.
As a member of the Finance Committee and working with Mayor Noble, department leaders, and the Common Council, Tony voted to approve a budget that reduced the tax rate for the third year in a row.
As Chairman of the Community Development Committee, Tony with the Community Development Advisory board was able to allocate over $750,000 Community Development Block Grant funding to 13 community programs and 9 community projects in 2018.
As Alderman, Tony continues to strive to make the City of Kingston a safe and beautiful place to live and work for ALL.
In 2018, Tony, together with his colleagues on the Council and Mayor Noble, worked to enhance city services such as the merger of the city’s bus service with Ulster County Area Transit (UCAT). He worked with the current administration to invest in much-needed city infrastructure repairs and renovations. And the city was able to increase economic development opportunities when Kingston won the $10 million DRI award from New York State, and with the establishment of the Kingston Land Bank.
Tony has and continues to be readily available to his constituents by holding community meetings and responding to communications in a timely manner.
Tony holds a BS in Business Management from Springfield College and a MS in Education from the University of New England. He is former Kingston Professional Firefighter. Tony
is currently an 8th grade Social Studies teacher in the Kingston School District.
Tony has been married to his wife Ginger (Kithcart) for 27 years. They have one daughter, Jenifer.
Ward 7) Patrick O’Reilly
Alderman, City of Kingston NY, Ward # 7
Date of Birth:3/26/1965
Place of Birth: Kingston NY
Years lived in Kingston: 54
Address: 322 Clifton Ave Kingston NY
Occupation: Educator 29 years
(high school) Kingston High School
(year graduated) 1984
(college) Plattsburgh State University of New York
(degree received) Bachelor of Science, Education
(post-grad) New Paltz State University of New York
(degree received) Master of Science, Special Education
Spouse: (name) Lynda O’Reilly
Organizations: Sons of The American Legions Post 150 Kingston NY, Auxiliary member of the VFW Post 1386 Kingston NY, White Eagle Benevolent Society Kingston NY
Ward 8) Steven Schabot
Steve Schabot is in his third term as Alderman of the 8th Ward and is a lifelong resident of Kingston’s 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.
Steve’s goal has always been to improve the quality of life in our city and one of his areas of focus has been the enhancement of the Waterfront area, working with the 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 sat on the Finance Committee and Laws and Rules Committee. Steve also attends many Planning Board meetings to keep abreast of issues that affect the 8th Ward and the city. As a member of the Finance Committee working with department heads, the Council was able to again 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 city’s 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 working on park beautification and senior and youth activities. He was a recipient of the “Joe Hoffman Volunteer Service Award” by the Kingston Recreation Department in 2018. Steve was instrumental in allowing the Kingston Point BMX to obtain a new lease agreement, allowing the group to remain in Kingston and also assisted with the formation of the Rondout Gardens Tenants Association. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ulster County Community Action.
Steve has been
married for 44 years to his wife Lynn (Tucker), who is an RN presently caring
for their grandchildren. Their daughter Dalienne, is a teacher at John F.
Kennedy School in Ward 8 and is married to David Niles. They have 3 daughters,
Aelan, Brook & Taylor and a son Brady. The Schabots also have a son, Jay Schabot who
is married to Stephanie Sarkies. They reside in Manhattan with their son, Mason.
Ward 9) Michele Hirsch
Kingston resident Michele Hirsch, a Family Peer Advocate with Family of Woodstock’s Adolescent Services Program has announced she is running for Alderwoman in Kingston’s Ninth Ward. Hirsch’s announcement follows Alderwoman Andrea Shaut’s decision to run for the position of Alderwoman-at-Large.
“My reasons for running are simple,” said Hirsch. “I love Kingston, I love my neighborhood and I believe in being actively involved in my community where I work and raise my children,” said the mother of two. “A vibrant community depends on the energy its people bring to it, and it is my intention to be a strong, vocal advocate for the people of the 9th Ward.”
As a Kingston resident, Hirsch has thrown herself into the community whenever she has seen a need; from launching a successful fundraising campaign to alleviating a plumbing emergency at a local food pantry to re-launching the Kingston City School District’s Special Education Parent Group, and speaking at City Hall and school board meetings on key issues that impact the community.
Hirsch was effective at moving an unsafe middle school bus stop from the KHS bus turnaround to Andrew Street – a change that parents had been trying to make for the past 20 years.
Hirsch noted that although the job of alderwoman is to approve laws and the city budget, chief among her duties will be ensuring the people of the Ninth Ward get the city services they pay for with their taxes. “The job of alderwoman means being a watchdog for your ward, an ombudsman – and advocate. And if the streets need paving or someone’s garbage isn’t picked up, City Hall will hear from me,” she said.
In her work with families in Kingston, Hirsch sees first-hand tough issues that affect city residents every day and would like to work towards establishing more affordable, safe housing in the city so children aren’t disrupted every time a family has to move. Hirsch believes that a strong community and thriving school system will help bring economic development and jobs to the City of Kingston.
Hirsch, a Democrat, added that when she disagrees with officials in city hall or the County of Ulster – she will say so, regardless of party affiliation. “I am a Democrat, but I believe the needs of the people come first – before party interests. If I disagree with people in my party, I will have no problem sharing my views publicly, and fighting for what I believe in. I will be an advocate for the people”
To that end, Hirsch said she looks forward to going door to door talking to the people who live or do business in the 9th Ward to see what the needs are and to find out what city government can do better on their behalf.
In addition to her position at Family of Woodstock, Michele Hirsch serves on the Board of Directors for PULSES – Parents United Learning the Special Education System.
Hirsch lives with her children, Lily and Cash on Brewster Street.