Supervisor Clifford "Kippy" Weigelt
Kippy comes from a family of small business owners. As a young man he worked for his father at the family's bagged soils business, "Swiss Farms". There, Kippy learned the ins and outs of business management. He learned the value of good work ethic, the importance of budgeting and finance management, and perhaps most importantly how to treat customers and employees with respect. Today, Kippy is part-owner and manager of the family business, now known as "Growmax". The business, one of three Kippy has owned, employs approximately 25 local residents.
As a small business owner, Kippy appreciates the impact government can have on a business’ bottom line. High taxes and fees mean less money for the business to pay wages and less money for investment and expansion. At the same time, he understands the value small businesses bring to the town, in the form of jobs, services, and tax revenue.
Kippy was elected to the Claverack Town Council in 2003 and Claverack Town Supervisor in 2013. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Columbia County Government Committee, and is a member of the Columbia County Public Safety, Finance, and Public Works committees, as well as the Columbia County Board of Supervisor's Pine Haven Sub-Committee, and Airport Sub-Committee.
Deputy Supervisor Stephen Hook
Since moving to Claverack over three decades ago, Stephen has been actively involved in his community. Through organizations like the Federation of Polish Sportsmen, the Claverack Republican Club, and the Claverack Fire Company, Stephen contributes many hours to projects and programs that enrich the lives of town residents.
As a past member and Chairman of the Town of Claverack Planning Board, Stephen worked to protect the rights of property owners, while balancing the needs of the greater community. He demands transparency and fairness and strives to find common ground to satisfy the needs of all interested parties, while working within the confines of the law.
Elected to the Claverack Town Council in 2013, Stephen currently serves as liaison to the town Assessor's Office, Building Inspectors, Clerk's Office, Highway Department, Planning Board, Youth/Parks, and Buildings & Property.
Town Councilman Brian Keeler
Born and raised in Claverack, Brian grew up on the family’s dairy farm on Webb Rd/Spook Rock Rd with brothers PJ, Robert, Conway, and Ned. As a young adult, Brian worked in the family’s Hallmark Card store in Hudson where he learned valuable business and customer service skills.
Brian attended the Claverack Elementary School and graduated from Hudson High School and the University of Alabama, where he studied Communication and Business. He has extensive experience in business and management, having successfully served as President and Chief Operating Officer of various companies. He has managed and directed a $30M business with over 200 employees and was a successful local small business owner (Kd Office Works) for 15 years. He currently serves as Director of Care Center Operations for Columbia Memorial Health where he oversees 44 locations in Columbia and Greene counties.
Brian is a 30 year member of the Claverack Fire Company, where he has served in several leadership roles. He has served on the boards of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Hudson Lions Club, Workforce Investment, and several other civic groups.
Brian is married to Martha (White) Keeler. They have a son Sean who is a 1st Lt. in the United States Army, and a daughter Caroline who is a Marketing Representative for Altria Corporation.
Elected to the Claverack Town Council in 2013, Brian currently serves as liaison to the Town Court, Water Department, Zoning Board of Appeals, Village of Philmont, Insurance committee, and Emergency Services.
Town Councilwoman Maryanne Lee
Maryanne Lee was born and raised in Claverack. Her Columbia County roots go back 350 years. Maryanne's paternal grandparents moved to Claverack in 1924 where they owned and operated a 190 acre farm for 60 years.
Maryanne attended the Claverack School and Saint Mary’s School before graduating from Hudson High. She is married to John Lee of Brooklyn, NY and they have three children, Mary (David Ames) of Kinderhook, Rory (Kristi Venditti) of Lake Katrine, and Ryan (Noelle Christensen) of Rhinebeck. They have seven grandchildren who they adore.
While raising her family, Maryanne attended SUNY Empire State College where she received a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She then attended Excelsior College where she earned an MBA with concentration in Global Finance.
Maryanne taught first grade and worked in the Remediation Program at Saint Patrick’s Academy in Catskill until 1995. She then joined Saturn Industries, Inc. (located in Hudson) in 1997 and became President in 2000. Together with her husband John, she founded a second company, Leer Technologies, Inc., in 2005 where she currently holds the position of President and CEO.
Elected to the Town Board in 2015, Maryanne currently serves as liaison to the Town Historian and Finance committee, and is deputy liaison to the town Zoning Board of Appeals, and Insurance committee.
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Town Clerk/Tax Collector Mary Jeanne Hoose
A lifelong resident of Claverack, Mary Jeanne Hoose has served as Claverack Town Clerk since 1993.
Mary Jeanne is the coordinator of the Mellenville-Philmont Food Pantry, a member of the Columbia County Town Clerks Association, the New York State Town Clerks Association, the Philmont Community Choir, and the Philmont Santa Claus Club. She also serves on the consistory at the 2nd Reformed Church of Claverack.
With over 20 years of experience, knowledge, and history serving as Town Clerk, Mary Jeanne provides the institutional knowledge necessary to run an effective and efficient town government.
In addition to her duties as Town Clerk, Mary Jeanne is also a Notary Public and serves as Town Tax Collector. Customer service is important to Mary Jeanne. She makes herself available to anyone in the community who needs her assistance; even meeting with residents during off-hours to ensure their needs are met.
Town Highway Superintendent Louis Lamont
With 30+ years on the job, there simply is no experience like that of Louie Lamont.
Louie was appointed Deputy Claverack Highway Superintendent in 1996, and became Highway Superintendent in 1999.
Louie regularly attends Cornell Highway School training programs, and is certified in Highway Safety, Bridge Inspection/Reconstruction, and Storm/Water Damage.
He is credited with maintaining safe and smooth roads, while working with the Town Supervisor and Town Board to keep budgets tight and taxes as low as possible.