Our Elected Officials

Town Board Officials

Ann Shershin

Ward 6

“It is my honor and pleasure to work hard on behalf of the residents of the 6th Ward.”

Ann Shershin has been councilperson for the 6th Ward for six years, and newly elected to a fourth term. She has worked hard to be responsive to the needs of the voters. She has helped new businesses open in the Town of Poughkeepsie, facilitated the installation of storm water drainage and the repair of sidewalks in her ward, and has fought for the preservation of historic buildings in the town.

Ann is a marriage officer and a member of numerous community boards, including the Arlington Business Improvement District, Wappingers Greenway Trails, American Legion Auxiliary Post 1302, Spackenkill Girl Scouts, and Cider Mill Friends. Ann has lived in the Town of Poughkeepsie with her family for 17 years.

Giancarlo Llaverias

District 1

“I have lost 23 of my friends to drug addiction and violence. I have watched my hardworking parents struggle to provide for our family and keep us safe. I want our youth, our elders, and our working class families to have access to services that can change lives, like recreation centers and early intervention programs to prevent drug addiction. And I want to work with local businesses and law enforcement to create better relationships with the community.

Giancarlo Llaverias is a paralegal for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, a nonprofit that helps low-income families find representation in Poughkeepsie. A former CYO basketball coach and Town of Poughkeepsie Little League volunteer, he is a graduate of Arlington High School and SUNY New Paltz, and is working on his master’s degree to become a Physician Assistant.

Giancarlo has been involved in politics as an activist for the past eight years, in particular working with grassroots organizations, and has a particular interest in mental health and addiction issues, having worked in the mental health area as a case manager and behavior specialist.

In 2017 Giancarlo was the recipient of a 40 under 40 Mover & Shaker Award, given by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce to individuals to honor their work and dedication to the betterment of the Hudson Valley.

Craig Brendli

District 8

“I am an advocate for fairness, transparency, and accountability to our taxpayers. In these turbulent times, I am here to listen, help, and work for our community’s best interest.”

A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Craig has represented District 8 for the past two years, and has been newly elected to a second term. In his first term, he fought for the approval of the Crisis Stabilization Center for county residents in distress. He led the fight against the Federal government’s proposal to add new anchorage sites along the Hudson River, authoring a bipartisan resolution in opposition of the plan. He also worked with fellow legislators on legislation to switch the county government over to renewable energy sources in the coming years, a move that will preserve the environment and yield significant cost savings.

A graduate of Brewster High School, Craig received his B.S. in Communications from SUNY Fredonia and his Masters in Education from Manhattanville College. As a Dutchess County schoolteacher, he works tirelessly to make sure our next generation has the tools to succeed in life. He also fundraises for two local nonprofits, so that they can provide services to our community. Craig is a team player, working with local community groups, officials, and constituents to help move Poughkeepsie forward.

Other Elected officials

Robin Lois

Dutchess County Comptroller

“The position of comptroller is the chief accountant and auditing officer for the county. I bring 30 years of experience in accounting and auditing to this role. As the taxpayers’ independent advocate, I will work tirelessly to provide real oversight of Dutchess County government spending.”

Robin Lois is an accountant with over 30 years of professional experience in the private sector, including working for the Pepsi Bottling Group as a National Location Cost Accountant, a Project Analyst for general ledger systems implementation, and as Project Manager for inventory systems implementation. For Mastercard International, Robin was the Director of Accounting Policies and Procedures, where she wrote the Accounting Policies and Procedures manual that is still in use today. She is the owner of two small businesses in Dutchess County.

Robin grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley and resides in LaGrange with her husband, two children, and their dog, Munchkin. She is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, and is a member of their National Honor Society of Business Administration.