Cashen and Evans to run for Claverack Town Board


The Claverack Democratic Executive Committee have unanimously endorsed Katy Cashen and Shailer (“Shelly”) Evans for the two open Town Board seats in the November election. Kathleen Christiano and Ian Nitschke were nominated for the two open Assessor positions in Claverack.
Cashen was raised in Claverack on their family farm and attended Taconic Hills High School. She is currently an active member of the town Agricultural Advisory Committee, the town Communications Committee, the Claverack representative on the Columbia County Environmental Management Council and was recently appointed to the Columbia County Agricultural Protection Board. Katy owns her own business, providing legislative and policy support to state governments, and also helps out where needed on the family vegetable and beef farm. “I’ve learned a great deal volunteering on several town and county committees and in the community, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and work hard on behalf of all of our town’s residents,” said Cashen.

Shelly Evans is a retired school teacher from the Hudson City School District where he also served on the Board of Education. Shelly is a U.S. Air Force veteran, has coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball, and has served on the Claverack Planning Board. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union. Shelly is also an active member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club and the Ghent Band, where he plays baritone horn. He and his wife, Bina, live on Perry Road in Claverack. Shelly says, “My vision of local government is basic: to do the most for the taxpayer at the least expense.”

Claverack Democratic Town Chair, Deborah Shakotko stated, “We in Claverack are extremely fortunate that committed citizens like Katy and Shelly have stepped forward to help lead the town. Both are well-informed and actively involved, and want to help in these very difficult economic times. Both have strong community support, and will support and encourage businesses while preserving the rural character of our town. ”

Kathie Christiano, candidate for Assessor, moved to Claverack from Ghent 10 years ago, where she served on the Ghent Zoning Board for 15 years.  She is a bookkeeper/management consultant by profession and owns her own small business for money and business management.  Kathie is running for assessor because she believes she can provide our residents with clear and simplified information they need to understand the assessment process. 

Ian Nitschke, candidate for Assessor, is a member of the Claverack Historic Preservation Advisory Committee and recently completed a grant submission on behalf of the town to restore the Shaw Bridge. He is retired from the New York State Department of Public Service and currently is an associate broker for Peggy Lampman Real Estate.

The Claverack Democrats will hold their Democratic Town Caucus on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 7:00 P.M., at the AB Shaw Firehouse Upstairs Room, Route 9H, Claverack.