Claverack Caucus Results

(L-R) Kathleen Christiano, Shailer Evans, Katy Cashen, Ian Nitschke
The Claverack Democratic Caucus, held September 1, 2011 at AB Shaw firehouse, unanimously nominated Katy Cashen and Shailer Evans for the two open Town Board seats, and Kathleen Christiano and Ian Nitschke for the two open Assessor positions.

Katy Cashen was raised in Claverack on her family farm and is a Taconic Hills High School graduate. A small business owner, she is currently an active member of the town Agricultural Advisory Committee and the town Communications Committee. "I look forward to meeting residents in the coming months and listening to their views, as well as sharing my ideas and solutions to save taxpayer dollars in Claverack," said Cashen. For Katy’s campaign website, see:

Shailer Evans is a retired schoolteacher from the Hudson City School District where he also served on the Board of Education. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran, plays baritone horn in the Ghent Band, and is an active member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club. He is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union. Evans said, “My vision of local government is basic: to do the most for the taxpayer at the least expense.”

Kathleen 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.  "My background in organizing, bookkeeping, land use and zoning give me a solid foundation to serve as Claverack Assessor," said Christiano.

Ian Nitschke, candidate for Assessor, is a member of the Claverack Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. He is retired from the New York State Department of Public Service and currently is an associate broker with Peggy Lampman Real Estate. Nitschke said, "The assessment process should be straightforward and one of the assessors' main goals should be to make it as easy as possible for taxpayers to understand their assessment."