About Robin

Public Positions

  • Town of Claverack, Columbia County Supervisor since 2010
  • Chair, Human Resources Committee, Columbia County Board of Supervisors
  • Chair, Health & Mental Health Committee, Columbia County Board of Supervisors
  • Board of Supervisors Committees: Finance, Negotiations, Insurance, Health & Mental Health, Economic Development
  • Board member, Health Care Consortium as of 2013
  • Deputy Minority Leader, Columbia County Board of Supervisors since 2011
  • County Health Department liaison for Board of Supervisors since 2012
  • Subcommittee member for New Pine Haven and use of Current Building
  • Philmont Village Board Trustee 2007-2009
  • Founding president and former member of Philmont Local Development Corp board
  • Former Chair and member of the Main Street Committee
  • Former Member of the Philmont Comprehensive Plan board

General Information
Robin Talks With Community MembersSupporting herself through college, Robin graduated from NYU in 1984 with a degree in Marketing and Management from the school of Business and Public Administration. Following graduation, she began her professional career in the magazine publishing industry, and started her own business as a budget and planning consultant almost 20 years ago, which she continues today. Her clients include many major publications including the Wall Street Journal, ESPN, National Geographic and Yankee magazine.

Working as a consultant offers Robin the time to use her skills and expertise for the benefit of the community and non-profits. She was one of the founders and Treasurer of Avanse, a start-up art and community center in Haiti that sought to empower youth and entrepreneurial artists. She also was the first President of a professional organizational development consultants group, KCC.

Robin Speaks to Audience MembersIt was not long after moving to Philmont that Robin began volunteering in the village, becoming part of the Comprehensive Plan Board, the Main Street Committee Chair, founding President of the Philmont Local Development Corporation, and then elected Village Trustee in 2007. She is a graduate of the Leadership Columbia County, class of 2005. In her role as Village Trustee, she helped lead the charge to keep the Columbia County Board of Supervisors from moving the Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center out of Philmont. The result was that a new nursing home is being built on the site of the current one, and these vital jobs are staying in the village.

Robin Listens to ConsitutentAs Claverack’s Supervisor, Robin has worked tirelessly to improve the life of her constituents and the responsiveness of their town government. She began by setting up a re-designed and expanded town website, allowing residents to directly review the budget, tax bills, zoning information, laws, and meeting agendas. Additionally, she constructed email lists to enable cost-effective and timely communication to town residents, along with setting up Advisory Committees which have allowed more people to be involved in the town process and initiate new developments.

Robin is most proud of her efforts to stimulate the local economy and keep taxes low. Despite state mandated increases of 100% in pension fund contributions in the last three years, and contractual commitments from the prior administration, as well as other increased costs and decreasing revenues, Robin was able to keep the tax levy under the 2% cap.  Robin also has saved the town money through winning grants.  Claverack has received over $35,000 in grants which enabled the town to undertake vital projects, without burdening the taxpayers.

Robin Listens to Audience Member Speak About Women's Challenges in NigeriaAs a Columbia County Legislator on the Board of Supervisors, after her first year, she was appointed as Deputy Minority Leader, as well as Deputy Chair of the Health/Medical Committee. She also sits on the Economic Development/Agriculture; Insurance; Negotiations; and Budget and Salary Committees.

Robin had the distinct honor of speaking at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, on the Empowerment of Women and the Eradication of Poverty. You can read her speech here.

Personal
Robin grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has lived in Philmont since 1998 with her spouse Chris and their cats. Robin appreciates the rural life of Claverack. She is a member of the Philmont Rod & Gun Club and the Columbia Land Conservancy. She is confident Claverack can maintain its rural traditions while expanding economic development, therefore keeping Claverack a place families can call home for generations.