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Steven Schabot in Ward 8

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.