Holevinski eyes Howard town seat

Mary Perham
Robin Holevinski

A wildlife biologist and Howard resident is running for a four-year term on the town board.

Robin Holevinski, 36, said she is running for a spot on the Republican ballot after attending town meetings for several years.

“I really have been disheartened at times,” she said. “A lot of concerns of residents are not listened to. I believe I have new ideas and an energy that’s lacking.”

A 2005 Cornell University graduate, Holevinski now works for the private, non-profit Research Foundation, an agency that works with the State University of New York system.

She also worked as a wildlife biologist for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

During her career as a biologist and researcher, she has worked closely with farmers and landowners.  

Her job also required budget management and frequent contacts with local, state, and federal governments.

Those experiences will help her on the town board, she said.

“I’ve looked at other town budgets, and at the (Howard) town spending,” she said. “I know there are ways we can possibly reduce costs.”

The town also will receive annual funding from EverPower, a wind farm developer that recently broke ground on a 27-turbine project.

Holevinski said she would work to ensure the EverPower funds go to reduce property taxes, as promised by the board.

She would also work for more open-ness and transparency on the town board, she said.

“I just think there are things that are hidden from the people,” she said. “I think a lot of people have just given up. It shouldn’t be that way.”

If elected, Holevinski would be the first woman on the town board, according to Richard Stewart, Town of Howard Historical Society President.

While that is noteworthy, Holevinski said she doesn’t want to be elected because she is a woman.

“I want to be elected because I’m a good, honest person, not because I’m female,” she said.

Holevinski belongs to Kiwanis International, a service organization to benefit children, and is a member of The Wildlife Society, the New York Forest Owners Association, the National Rifle Association, New York State Trappers Association, and the American Wildlife Conservation Federation.

There are three vacancies on the town board this year, with Elton Badeau expected to run to fill the two-year, unexpired term of Jeffrey Gardner, who died earlier this year. Veteran board member Robert Palmer is expected to run for re-election to another four-year term. Another long-time councilman, Bill Hatch, said he would step down last fall but remains on the board. Hatch has not announced whether he will seek another term.

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