My name is Peggy Christman. I was born and raised in East Greenbush, one of seven children. I attended college at Junior College of Albany and Hudson Valley Community College until I was called to attend the New York State Police Academy in 1987.
I was a New York State Trooper for 26 years. Like all Troopers, I began my career assigned to a station answering complaints, promoting traffic safety, and assisting the people in the communities where I served. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2000 and assigned to Employee Relations. In 2004, I was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), where I spent the remainder of my career. I was responsible for the supervision of Investigators assigned to the seized assets unit, background investigations, the AMBER alert program, the medicolegal unit, as well as the annual presentation of an international homicide seminar and a sexual assault seminar. When I retired, we (my husband also retired from the NYSP) decided to move to the country. We have called Berne our home for just over 5 years.
Over the past four years, I had become increasingly saddened and frustrated by the lack of decency in government, the us vs. them mentality, the lack of transparency, and the failure of elected officials to serve the needs of the people. I had never aspired to be in politics. However, when asked to run for Supervisor in the town of Berne, I felt I had to do whatever I could to return us to a more decent and responsive town government. A return to public service was a way to effect change.
– Peggy Christman
Our team’s focus is now on meeting as many people as possible by visiting our neighbors door-to-door. We want to learn your concerns and your ideas for our town going forward.