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Dedicated to good, local government for Penfield

Penfield Republican Committee

Dedicated to good, local government for Penfield. Supporting the ideals of fiscal responsibility, sound values and that local government, with elected representatives being closest to the people is the best solution.

Penfield Elected Officials

 

Penfield Town Supervisor

Tony Lafountain

First elected Town Supervisor on November 3, 2009 and took office January 1, 2010. He has since been re-elected to six two year terms, most recently in 2019. Prior elected experience includes five years and eight months as a Monroe County Legislator representing Penfield from the 9th district, and 18 years as a Penfield Town Councilman. As a County Legislator Tony chaired the Human Services and Ways and Means Committees and was a member of the Agenda/Charter, Environment & Public Works, and Public Safety committees. As a Town Board member Tony served as Deputy Supervisor for four years and was liaison to Public Works and Community Services.


Tony served five years as chairman of the Penfield Zoning Board of Appeals; prior to that he was employed by the Town of Penfield’s Department of Public Works for five-and-a-half years supporting storm water, sanitary sewer and roadway inspections, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.


Tony has been active in the community over the years, spending more than 30 years in the Penfield Lion’s Club. He currently serves on the board of directors for Crime Stoppers, is the representative for the Supervisors Association on the Monroe County Fire Advisory Board and the 911 Operating Practices Board, and is a past president of the Monroe County Supervisor’s Association.


Born and raised in Saranac Lake, NY, Tony attended Canton College and graduated with a degree in Construction Engineering.


Tony spent 29 years at Eastman Kodak Company in many different roles and retired in 2009 as the Director of Fire and Security for Kodak Rochester. Tony resides on Woodside Drive with his wife of 44 years, Lyn. They have two grown daughters, Jennifer and Stacey, and two grand-daughters, Ava and Adyson.


Penfield Town Board

Bob Ockenden

The Penfield Town Board appointed Robert “Bob” Ockenden to fill an open board position a its Organizational Meeting on January 2. With this appointment, he will complete the term of Paula Metzler, who was elected to the position of Penfield Town Justice in 2019. 


Bob has served as the district administrator for the Pittsford Fire District for the past 19 years; prior to that, he served as station manager. Bob also worked for the City of Rochester as a 911 Center emergency dispatcher and for the Pittsford Fire Equipment Corporation as a sales representative and repair technician. Additionally, he has been active with the Penfield Fire District as a volunteer for more than 37 years.


He is a fourth generation Penfield family member, he knows our community well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position. As a fire district administrator, he is experienced with municipal operations as well as managing and budgeting tax revenue. 


Bob is required to run in the 2020 election to complete the four-year term on the Penfield Town Board. He will also need to run for the new four-year term in 2021.

Debbie Drawe

Elected in November 2019, Debbie is eager to return and continue to serve the residents of Penfield. Previously elected to the Penfield Town Board from 2006 – 2009 she chaired the Public Works Committee. She was the liaison to the Conservation Board, Fire Districts, Historic Preservation Board, Penfield School Districts and Huntington Meadows residents.


Debbie was appointed to the Monroe County Legislature in August of 2009 for the 9th Legislative District in Penfield. She served until term limited in 2019 and was elected by her peers as Vice-President of the Legislature. She was past Chairwoman of the Ways and Means Committee and Human Services Committees. Vice- Chair of Human Services & Public Safety Committees along with past Park and Recreation committee member.


Debbie has been an active member in the community where she served on the Town of Penfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, volunteered for the Penfield School District as Cobbles School PTA- Co-President, the Arts in Education program, and on the Shared Decision Making team.

Professionally, Debbie is the Regional Sales Manager for Bimbo Bakeries,USA, responsible for Rochester/Central New York sales region.


A resident of Cobblestone Crossing with her husband Steve they have two grown children and attend St. Joseph's Church.


 

Andy Moore

First elected Penfield Town Councilman on November 4, 2008. Councilman Moore is Chair of the Law & Finance Committee where he works closely with Supervisor LaFountain on budgetary matters. Moore continues to be an advocate for fiscal responsibility and has...See More

Linda Kohl

First elected to the Town Board in 1991. She currently chairs the Community Services Committee and Open Space Update Committee. She is past chair and liaison to The Penfield Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, liaison to the Penfield Parks & Recreation...See More

 

Penfield Town Clerk

Amy Steklof, RMC/CMC

Has served as Penfield Town Clerk since her appointment in April 2009 and was elected to a four-year term on November 3, 2009 and to her second four-year term November 2013.  Amy is a lifelong Penfield resident and graduate of Penfield High School ...See More

Penfield Town Judges

James P. Mulley Jr.

Has served as Penfield Town Justice since November 3, 2009. He is employed as Executive Assistant, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department assisting the presiding justice in the management of court activities in a twenty-two county... See More

Paula Metzler

Paula Metzler was elected Town Justice on November 5, 2019. Prior to taking the bench, Paula was a Penfield Town Councilwoman (2009-2019).

A third generation Penfield resident, Paula is a graduate of Penfield High School, the University of Rochester and Boston College Law School. Paula is also a Deputy Monroe County Attorney, where she practices in County, Supreme and Surrogate’s Courts. She is counsel to the Department of Human Services, focusing on cases related to public assistance and Medicaid eligibility, fraud, guardianships, and financial recovery from lawsuits and estate matters.

Paula has an extensive background, spanning over 25 years as an attorney in Rochester. Prior to being named a Deputy County Attorney, she was employed by the New York State Office of Court Administration as Chief Counsel to the New York Committee on Criminal Jury Instructions, a distinguished committee of judges and attorneys which writes and publishes the pattern criminal jury instructions used in all state, county, town, village and city courts. She is also a former faculty member of the New York Judicial Institute where she was a frequent lecturer to judges on matters related to jury trials and criminal law topics.

Paula has experience both in the courtroom and behind the scenes, having been Principal Court Attorney to the Supervising Judge for the Seventh Judicial District. In that role, Paula researched and analyzed civil and criminal legal issues at both trial and appellate levels. Her duties included drafting legal opinions and advisory memoranda, monitoring the court calendar and case management, investigating administrative concerns, holding conferences for civil and criminal matters and advising the judge on issues in court.

During her tenure in private practice, Paula’s work consisted of civil litigation, landlord-tenant matters, employment law, elder law, collections law, criminal defense and real estate.

Paula’s dedication to our community dates back to when she returned to Penfield after law school. She became an advocate and counselor at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (SPCC), providing intervention services, counseling and advocacy for children from violent homes. While at SPCC, Paula was a member of the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium as well as the New York State Crime Victims Board Advisory Council.

Paula is a trained mediator, and is one of only 25 mediators in the country selected to be an arbitrator for disputes across the United States involving the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Being the parent of a child with special needs, Paula has been honored to participate in the New York Law Enforcement Torch Run and volunteer with Special Olympics. Her family is active in AutismUp, an organization that supports individuals with autism and their families by enriching lives and providing recreational and learning opportunities in Rochester and surrounding areas.

Monroe County Legislators

Paul Dondorfer

Paul was elected to the Monroe County Legislature in November 2019. He represents the 9th Legislative District, which includes most of the town of Penfield. Paul serves as a member of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee.


Paul Dondorfer has served the Monroe County community for the majority of his life. Having been raised in Monroe County, Paul has always felt devotion to the community and serving the residents of our area. After studying fire protection technology at Monroe Community College, Paul briefly left the area to pursue his career as a police officer in New York City.


In 2004, Paul returned to Monroe County to join the Rochester Police Department as a police officer. During this time, he was responsible for handling emergency calls for service as well as serving arrest warrants, drug warrants, addressing street level drug sales and quality of life issues in his assigned area. His experience in the field led him to be promoted in 2018 to Police Investigator, where he has a multitude of responsibilities including the preparation of criminal cases to be presented to a grand jury and eventual trial.


Outside of his career in law enforcement, Paul has also served as Deputy Director for the Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance and the former chapter manager for the Badge of Honor Association, which is an organization that helps support the families of fallen police officers. With over 19 years in law enforcement, Paul offers a range of leadership skills and community involvement that he can bring with him into proudly serving the residents of Penfield.


Paul and his wife, Bobbi Jo, reside in Penfield with their son Antonio.

George Hebert

Monroe County Legislator George Hebert represents the 15th Legislative District which consists of portions of Webster and Penfield. George was elected in November 2015 and commenced his service in January 2016. Legislator Hebert currently serves as Chair of the Human Services Committee, Vice Chairman of Ways and Means Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee within the County Legislature.


George is active in the local community and serves as a mentor for First Robotics Team 2340 and is an active member of the Webster Health Education Network. George served for 10 years on the board of RDYSL the last 5 of which as President; 5 years as the Chairman of the St. Joseph School Parent Advisory Committee and in several other roles locally.

 

George earned a BS in engineering (1978) and an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon Business School (1985). He also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Brockport (2014). Legislator Hebert is a retired US Naval Commander where he served in the submarine force as an enlisted sailor and in the surface fleet as a commissioned officer. George also retired from IBM after 27 years as a sales executive. He is married to the former Margaret Bretsch. They have two daughters, Hanna and Emily.