(Delhi, NY) — On May 30, Judge Gary A. Rosa will be a featured speaker at the Delaware County Democratic Committee (DCDC) Annual Dinner. Judge Rosa recently declared his candidacy for the newly created Delaware County Family Court Judge. This year’s DCDC Woman of the Year honoree is Kathy Crandall of Sidney, who, in addition to her many contributions over the years, was instrumental in the 1982 election of Judge Bob Estes, the first county-wide Democratic win since the Roosevelt landslide of 1932. The evening begins at 5 p.m. in the Alumni Hall Hospitality Center at SUNY Delhi.
Gary Rosa has served as Town Justice in the Town of Middletown since 1992. An active Mason, Rosa is a past president of the Delaware County Bar Association who provides pro bono legal counsel to the Margaretville Fire Department and Fairview Public Library. He was a former member and past president of the Margaretville Memorial Hospital Board of Directors and serves on the board of The MARK Project, a not-for-profit, rural economic development agency.
Rosa attended Margaretville Central School, SUNY Plattsburgh, and Albany Law School and has practiced general and family law in Margaretville since 1988. He lives in New Kingston with his wife Lori, a Social Studies teacher at Walton Central School. A Delaware County native, Rosa’s family settled Delaware County more than five generations ago. He continues a family tradition of remarkable public service.
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Kathy to be honored at the
Saturday May 30, 2015
This year’s Delaware County Peg Pandick “Woman of the Year,” Kathy Crandall, has an impressive background. A native and lifelong resident of Sidney, Kathy grew up in a Democratic family, which was very involved in the life of the community.
Her father, Ralph Nathan, was an employee of the Scintilla Corporation (later Bendix and now Amphenol), which became very influential in winning World War II. As a Democrat, he was instrumental in forming a union of employees there. After the war, the firm provided employment for many veterans of the war.
Kathy’s aunt, Charlotte Barnes, was also an important member of Sidney’s Democratic Party, serving as its chair for many years, and was one of the earliest women to receive the county’s Democratic “Woman of the Year” award.
“When I graduated from high school, in 1956, she got me involved by putting me on the committee, and I have been on it ever since,” she reflected. During the ensuing years, she has chaired the committee, served as vice-chair, and as secretary, “but I never was the treasurer,” she noted. Kathy recalled that she has been attending the county dinners almost every year, many of which were held at the former Kass Inn in the town of Middletown.
The current Sidney chair, Susan Sklenarik, said of Kathy, “She has always been willing to help out whenever and wherever she could be of service. Kathy helps each year in the petitioning process, she goes around and collects ads for the county booklet, works a shift at the county fair booth, serves as an election inspector, and is a faithful attendant of both town and planning board meetings.
“Even though she suffered a stroke two years ago,” Susan stated, “this did not stop her from continuing to be a contributing member. In the past year, she again did all of the above.” Kathy also has been active in county election campaigns, and particularly enjoyed working to see that Bob Estes became the County Judge.
Kathy worked for 24 years in the shipping department at Scintilla, where she was active in the union of workers. “I was raised on that!” she declared. She later worked 10 years for the National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich (now NBT Bank).
An animal lover, Kathy has also been important to the success of the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney, by working on fundraising campaigns for the animal shelter.
Kathy and her husband, Carlton, reside in the village of Sidney.