- Rich Klein
Pizzolato Challenging Haas For Town Supervisor In Highland
Has Early Support of Team Schiff As "Coffee With Sheriff" Being Held At Stickett Inn This Saturday
BREAKING: Stickett Inn proprietor John Pizzolato, a board member of the Greater Barryville Chamber of Commerce and chair of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (UDSB) Committee, announced tonight that he is challenging incumbent Donald "Jeff" Haas for Town of Highland supervisor.
Haas has run unopposed as supervisor since 2015 on the Democratic and Republican lines.
Pizzolato is currently challenging him for the Democratic line as the Democratic Caucus is scheduled for 6 pm Wednesday, June 23rd at The Eldred Preserve.
Pizzolato, who is also president of the Barryville Farmers Market, simultaneously announced tonight that the Stickett Inn is hosting a "Coffee With The Sheriff" this Saturday - which are typically non-political events and arranged with Undersheriff Eric Chaboty to listen and talk with residents about law enforcement issues in the community.
But Pizzolato, on his Facebook page, has already acknowledged that Saturday's "Coffee With the Sheriff" is a campaign event. Team (Michael) Schiff controls the Republican Party and virtually every election in Sullivan County.
Pizzolato also has close ties with Rob Doherty, the chair of the County Legislature who has successfully pushed for County funding that gave Pizzolato's Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Committee an expanded role in Sullivan County tourism. That occurred while Doherty was attempting to sever the contract of the Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association as reported exclusively earlier this year by The SullivanTimes.
Doherty later renegotiated a contract with the SCVA but its terms were not disclosed.
The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway Committee is dedicated to preserving the Route 97 corridor in Sullivan and in neighboring counties.
The state-designated UDSB route begins in Orange County off I-84 Exit 1 along Rt. 6/East Main Street through the City of Port Jervis to the Town of Deerpark in Orange County, proceeds on Rt. 97 through the five Sullivan County Towns of Lumberland, Highland, Tusten, Cochecton, and Delaware, then resumes through the Village of Hancock to the Rt. 17/I-86 entrance ramp in Delaware County.