Rob Schwarting plans to run for Yates County Legislature

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Rob Schwarting

Robert Schwarting of Penn Yan has announced his intent to seek a seat on the Yates County Legislature.

For two years, Schwarting served as the Yates County Republican committee chair and for the past three years has been a member and now vice chair of the Milo Town Planning Board.

According to a statement released last week, Schwarting has extensive experience as a public servant in Yates County.  He has served at various times, starting in 1982, as the county planner and executive director of the Industrial Development Agency.  

He assisted the community in establishing the Windmill Farm and Craft Market, the Keuka Enterprise Incubator, the North Ave Industrial Park, the Airport Expansion and several other smaller development projects.  

For the past five years, as an adjunct professor at Cornell, Schwarting has taught Planning, Urban Finance and Introduction to Public Affairs.  Also, he has been a trainer of village, town and county clerks at the Municipal Clerks Institute.

Schwarting, a fiscal conservative, says he has long expressed concern about the solvency of New York State, its various agencies and authorities.  

He advocates strenuous cooperative lobbying by counties for not only mandate relief, but serious reversal of policies that are bankrupting the state.  

“If counties do not band together and lobby, the consequence will be the transfer of the state’s financial crisis to counties and local municipalities,” he says.  

Schwarting’s other community service includes the Freemasons and Shrine, Penn Yan Rotary Club and Keuka Comfort Care Home where he has led many committees and programs.