Former Gardiner Democratic Committee Chair, Leon Steiner, passed away on January 4, 2018, at the age of 81. The cause was cancer.
A life-long Democrat, Leon served for many years on the Gardiner Democratic Committee, including seven as Chair. Leon believed strongly in the importance of working with other town committees. In addition, he forged a close working relationship with the Ulster County Democratic Committee to elect Democrats. Leon also served for many years on the Board of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
A retired electrical engineer with a Master’s degree in computer science from Brooklyn Polytech, Leon worked for many of the top aerospace companies. He was most proud of his work for NASA on the Hubble Space Telescope. He and his beloved wife, Marlene and family moved to Gardiner in 2000.
Gardiner Democrats, as well as the entire Gardiner community, mourns the passing of this civic leader. May he rest in peace.