FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Written: January 10, 2016
MONTICELLO – Monticello Village Trustee announced this week the filing of designating petitions for the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence Parties, for the Village of Monticello election slated for Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The polls will be open from 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM. Only lawful residents of the Village of Monticello are permitted to vote in the village election.
The longest-serving member currently on the Monticello Board of Trustees, Ms. Rue has solid relationships with business leader and officials from surrounding municipal, State, and Federal governments – which benefits Monticello taxpayers.
“At Village Hall,” Ms. Rue said, “we all have one goal. My running mates and I may not agree on every point or on every vote. Nor should we! I research every issue before voting and always vote my conscience. In the end, we all work together for the good of the Village of Monticello,” she said, noting that despite bumps in the road, Monticello has continued to move in the right direction.
Ms. Rue said she prides herself on always seeking to do the right thing for the voters. “It is my honor to serve the public, and I am grateful the majority of my constituents have always been there to back me up” she said.
Among accomplishments on the Monticello Board of Trustees, Ms. Rue pointed to a long list of State and Federal grants awarded to the village in which she took an active part, helping to rebuild the village’s infrastructure while keeping local tax increases to a minimum. One major event, she noted, was the completion of the renovation of Broadway, from 2009 to 2011. “It’s not perfect,” she admitted. “I wish the median could have been deleted, but the state says it’s there for safety and it’s a state road. Broadway looks a whole lot better than it did before the renovations. Now, with some help, it’s my hope that more Broadway building owners will get on board to make their privately owned properties safe and attractive for businesses. The village is working hard toward that goal.”
Since 2010, Ms. Rue she has been an active member of the Village Events Committee and, more recently, of the Youth Committee, taking the lead in orchestrating literally dozens of events hosted by the village – including Easter egg hunts, Fourth of July parades and barbecues, picnics at DeHoyos and Dillon parks, Halloween parades, and festive holiday events and dinners for local young people and families. “Anyone who knows me knows that I have put my heart and soul into events at the Stroebele Center and on Broadway,” she said, noting that every successful municipal event has resulted from teamwork by volunteers and organizations willing to work together with the village.
Citing a lengthy resume of voluntary community service in addition to her eight years as a Trustee, Ms. Rue stated she has served when called upon at local disasters with the American Red Cross ever since 1991. She was an active member of the Village of Monticello Commission on Human Rights from 1994 to 2005, the last four years as its chairperson. Ms. Rue was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Sullivan County; an incorporator and founding board member of The River School; Treasurer of the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; board member of the Community Action Commission to Help the Economy (CACHE) from 1988 to 1993; and has performed fund-raising for United Way of Sullivan County, The Salvation Army, Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless, and Alternatives to Family Violence of Sullivan County.
Ms. Rue works with her husband Tom Rue managing Choices Mental Health Counseling PLLC, on central Broadway, Monticello. They have three children, Janesa, Eddie, and Carolina; and wonderful grandchildren. For more information, call 845-791-1432.