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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, July 23, 2009

Dems back their chair, Kudlack, for town board

By Zach Simeone

RENSSELAERVILLE — John “Jack” Kudlack, 65, chairman of the town’s Democratic Party, will run in his first political race for a seat on the town board.

“I’ve always been interested in politics,” Kudlack told The Enterprise this week. “I just retired in May from my position with the New York State Department of Corrections. I’ve been living in this town for 22 years, and now I feel like I have time to devote myself to it.”

Kudlack, a registered nurse, worked for 20 years as a nurse administrator at the New York State Department of Correctional Services. In those years, he ran the medical department at the Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in Warwick, N.Y., and also worked at Green Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in Coxsackie; at Coxsackie Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison; and at the central offices for the department of correctional services, located on Central Avenue in Albany.

“Before I became a nurse, I was a police officer,” Kudlack said. “So, I spent 20 years putting people in prison, and then I was in there taking care of them.”

As he looks towards a potential future in politics, Kudlack has a conservative outlook.

“I would like to see the town kept the way it is,” he said. “I would not like to see a whole lot more development. I mean, people have the right to do what they want with their land to a point, but Rensselaerville is the last frontier in Albany County; once it’s gone, it’s gone. It’s a quaint little town, and I don’t want to see it get overdeveloped, and I don’t think we need any large industry here. Small business is fine, but keep it rural, and as much farmland possible.”

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