Gaetana Ciarlante is a true Saugerties native. Her grandfather began as a foreman in the Washburn Brickyards in Glasco, and her father a teamster before the unions existed. From those humble beginnings, her family was able to start an ice and coal business and later an oil delivery business delivering to the homes, restaurants and taverns of our community. Her maternal grandmother started the Pesce Bakery in Katsbann during 1920’s which is still in operation today. The traits of being a hard worker, self-reliant and independent were passed to Gaetana. She passed these traits to her son who was Valedictorian of his SHS graduating class and graduated with honors from Harvard and Northwestern. As a single parent Gaetana earned her Masters Degree from SUNY Albany and served as a supervisor for Ulster County in the areas of Forensics, Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
She is active in organizing around community issues, a strong Second Amendment advocate, and is serving her 13th year as founder-director of Operation SOS, a not-for-profit voluntary 5013c which supports American deployed service people and veterans. Other memberships include:
American Legion Auxiliary
Saugerties Fish and Game Club
Saugerties Power Boar Association
St. Joseph’s Music Ministry (Director)
St. Joseph’s Altar Rosary Society
SACRED: Saugerties Assertive Citizens for Responsible Economic Development (organizer)
In 2010 Gaetana swam across the Hudson River at Ulster Landing Road. She is seeking a team to repeat this challenge applying all safety measures as in 2010.