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Peekskill Dems Running To Replace Riley, Schuder

Peekskill residents Kathleen Talbot and Lawrence Cunningham will run to replace Democratic city council members Patricia Riley and Joe Schuder, who will not seek second terms.

Talbot is a former graphic design artist who recently became a New York State licensed clinical social worker. She was director of the Women’s Center at VIP Community Service in the Bronx, which provides clinical services to women struggling with substance abuse and the systemic issues that often compromise their successful treatment. Talbot has served on several community boards including the Paramount Center for the Arts, the Peekskill Education Foundation (as a founding member), Women in Communication Inc. and Women in Management.

She was elected to the New York State Democratic Committee in 1974 and served two terms. She is a homeowner in the Fort Hill section of Peekskill and has a married son and two grandchildren.

Lawrence Cunningham has worked for Westchester County for 20 years, the last 13 years of which have been at the Department of Transportation, where he is a public outreach specialist for the Smart Commute program. Cunningham is a member of the Older Drivers’ Coalition, which provides information to the public on senior driving. He also works part-time at Open Arms men’s shelter, which provides meals, clothing, and lodging to men who have fallen on difficult times. Cunningham is also involved with the caregivers coaching program, which provides support to caregivers in the county. In addition, he is a jazz enthusiast and hosts a program on an internet radio station, He is married and has three children, all of whom have attended the Peekskill city schools.

Talbot and Cunningham will join Mayor Mary Foster and Deputy Mayor Don Bennett on the 2011 ticket. Foster is seeking third term as mayor, while Bennett is seeking a third as a council member.

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