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MONTICELLO - Leading up to the March 15th election, Village Trustee Carmen Rue announced her gratitude to the local and state leaders, as well as the three major political parties, who have placed their trust in her in the form of endorsements.
Ms. Rue is a Democrat, also running on the Conservative and Independence Party lines, asking for your vote on Line A, C, or E of the ballot.
Trustee Rue, who has long served the community of Monticello in a variety of capacities, expressed gratitude not just to the still growing list of respected leaders and peers who have endorsed her, but also for all the people and organizations who are supporting Ms. Rue's reelection, including:
"Carmen Rue is an active, intelligent, and experienced Village Trustee. She cares deeply about the people of her community," Senator John Bonacic wrote in a statement released through the Senate office. "I am proud to endorse Carmen Rue for re-election as a Trustee in the Village of Monticello," Senator Bonacic declared.
The present and recent past Supervisors of the Town of Thompson added their approval for Ms. Rue's performance on the Board of Trustees, noting the open communication and good working relationship Ms. Rue has consistently maintained with Town officials over many years. "It is my pleasure to endorse you for re-election. You work hard for the Village residents and I look forward to continuing to work with you and toward the future of our great Town/Village," current Supervisor Bill Rieber wrote in a recent letter. His predecessor, retired Supervisor Anthony Cellini joined this view, recalling the more than 40 years he has known Ms. Rue. "Carmen is persistent, conscientious, like a sentinel watching out for the interests of taxpayers and all local residents," Mr. Cellini wrote.
Likewise, Town Council member, Monticello native, and current Village resident Peter Briggs added his voice of support urging Rue's re-election: "You have my endorsement and vote in the upcoming March election," Mr. Briggs wrote. "You have served the citizens of the Village of Monticello well. I look forward to working with you over the next four years in stimulating economic development, reducing property taxes, and maintaining roads, bridges and other infrastructure. The future looks very bright indeed," said Mr. Briggs.
At the County level Ms. Rue, who has served without pay as an appointed community liaison for Sullivan County Sheriff's Office since 2007 (assisting with advocacy, public education, and supporting Sheriff's youth programs), Legislator Ira Steingart, who represents Ms. Rue's district, also gave her his support. "It's been a pleasure to work with Carmen during my years in the Legislature. She is intelligent, actively involved, and looks out for the best interest of the Village of Monticello and her constituents," Mr. Steingart wrote.
Citing her decades of experience in the local community as an unpaid volunteer with a variety of organization, including being an incorporation and co-founder with her husband of Habitat for Humanity of Sullivan County, serving for 10 years on the Village of Monticello Commission on Human Rights (four years as chair), and as a volunteer and member of the Board of Directors of local charitable organizations, Ms. Rue has been recognized over recent months for community service by the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and Sullivan County Chapter of the NAACP.
Ms. Rue requested and received endorsement of Laborer's Local 17, with the comment, "We are pleased to support politicians like you that understand the concerns of working union families."
The Democratic Women of Sullivan County have gave Ms. Rue their nod, as will be announced at a March 13th breakfast at DeFilippi's Bakery. She serves as president of the Black and Latino Democratic Club.
A longtime homeowner, Village taxpayer, and Broadway business co-owner, Ms. Rue is the most experienced member currently serving on the Monticello Board of Trustees. Ms. Rue noted the above described endorsements, as well as other solid relationships with business leaders and officials from surrounding municipal, State, and Federal governments, benefit 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 is holds a two-year degree as an assistant nurse, has lived in Monticello for 45 years as a homeowner and property taxpayer on their residence. She lives with her husband Tom Rue with whom she works as office manager of Choices Mental Health Counseling PLLC on central Broadway in Monticello. They have three grown children - Janesa, Eddie, and Carolina - and grandchildren.
Carmen Rue is running for re-election as a Village Trustee on the Democratic, Conservative, and Independence Party lines in the Monticello election on March 15, 2016. Polls will be open from 12:00 Noon to 9:00 PM.
For more information, a ride to the polls, or to offer assistance or support, call Trustee Rue at 845-791-1432.