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Staff Nurse and Nurse Administrator and Assistant Director of Nursing
Middletown Psychiatric Center
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Nurse Administrator, Educator and Manager
Community General Hospital of Sullivan County
Emergency Room Nurse
Communicable and Infectious Disease Specialist Nurse
New York State Department of Corrections Services
THREE MEN, A Democrat, Robert Fiore, a Conservative, John Moriarty, and a Republican, Nick Salomone, are all vying for the Mamakating Supervisor seat, a position being vacated by Charles Penna, who is running for a Legislator seat.WURTSBORO , Robert "Bob" Fiore is running on the Democratic ticket for the job of Supervisor in the Town of Mamakating."I have been a resident of the town for 31 years," he said."During this time, I have enjoyed its scenic beauty as well as the friendship of its citizens.I am dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life of my fellow citizens, and I will work full time towards the fulfillment of the dreams, hopes and aspirations of all who reside here."Fiore, who has been involved in local politics for several years as a member of the Democratic Committee, said that while living in neighboring Warwick, he began to experience urban sprawl first hand."It had become too urbanized, too much macadam, too much concrete, so I moved up here because of the scenic beauty of the Bashakill and the hiking, and have been here since 1965," said Fiore."It's the type of area that every time you walk through it, it's like the first time." "The people are friendly, and there are a lot of activities and celebrations going on.It's a nice place to be."Fiore said he's tossing his hat into the ring for Town of Mamakating Supervisor because things are changing in his town, citing an increase in taxes, a lack of well-paying jobs and large developers who have announced plans to possibly build up to 1,000 new houses in the area."Taxes take an inordinate amount of money from people who don't have jobs that allow them to have a comfortable way of life," he said."I would like to see developed in Mamakating a diversified tax base, [and] the only way we're going to do that is by bringing in businesses and industry into the area, there is a lot of growth going on in the town."Since January 2002, Fiore has sat on the town planning board.His take on 1,000 residences in the town and its effect on local taxes?"Bringing in an additional 1,000 houses into our area without a counterbalance of industry essentially places a great deal of stress on our infrastructure as well as causing our taxes to go up," said Fiore."A residential home consumes more municipal money than it contributes, and the only way that negative equity can be made up is to raise taxes."Fiore said that in order to resolve that "Catch-22" dilemma, the town "needs to see smart development, planned development, and the introduction of smart businesses into our area.""As your supervisor, I pledge to aggressively seek out well-paying businesses and bring them to Mamakating," he said.Fiore is married with three children. He attended Orange County Community College and NYS College of Environmental Sciences at Syracuse University, earning a degree in biological sciences, and received academic excellence and campus life enhancement awards.Fiore graduated valedictorian from Middletown Psychiatric School of Nursing, and was awarded a diploma as a registered nurse with honors for academic excellence.In addition, he attended the New School of Social Research, picking up credits toward a masters degree in professional health administration.He served for five years as nurse administrator, educator and manager at Community General Hospital of Sullivan County (now called Catskill Regional Medical Center), another 10 years as an emergency room nurse at CGH, 14 years as staff nurse/nurse administrator/assistant director of nursing at Middletown Psychiatric Center and for the past 13 years as a communicable and infectious disease specialist nurse for the New York State Department of Corrections Services.Professional and organizational affiliations: Emergency Housing Group board of directors (former vice president), Neversink Valley Area Museum board of directors and vice president, member of the Mamakating Historical Society, member of St. Joseph's Church Parish Council and chairman of the finance committee, member of the Sullivan and Ulster Counties Bioterrorism Task Force and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 1266, serving two years as adjunct.Fiore is a volunteer instructor for Crisis Management and Infectious Disease Prevention for several emergency response agencies: Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Town of Fallsburg, Emergency Housing Group, New York State Police, the Town of Crawford Police Department as well as three local volunteer fire departments (Greenwood Lake, Livingston Manor, Hurleyville)."Government is supposed to be ,Of the people, by the people and for the people,'" said Fiore.