Bill Braine: A New Voice for Cornwall Town Board

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Committed to Local Issues

Bill Braine is currently Chair of the Town of Cornwall Economic Development Advisory Committee and one of the architects of the latest Main Street revitalization plan, Cornwall Rising. You might also know him as the co-host of the Cornwall New Year’s Eve ball drop, from his Running column in the Times Herald-Record, as the author of the rural suspense novel Bone Hollow, or through volunteer stints at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, with Habitat for Humanity Newburgh, or in helping to get the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater back on the river. He is also a founding member of the Cornwall Community Co-Op, which gave rise to the Farmer’s Market, and of the social media group Cornwall Common Sense, dedicated to sensible and tax-friendly land use practices for Cornwall’s undeveloped areas.

In 2007, Bill joined Mastercard, where he is currently a Director working on business pitches and solutions to promote local commerce. He moved to Cornwall with his family in 2006 from Monroe. His wife Claudia Depkin (born in Cornwall Hospital) is Director of the Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, and their two children attend the Middle and High Schools.

With balanced experience in business, government, and the arts, Bill stands ready to help Cornwall plan and manage the changes brought by the 21st century. 

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