Coombe to retire as Sullivan GOP chairman

GRAHAMSVILLE – Richard Coombe has had a long and rewarding career in politics and at age 77 has decided to retire from his current post as chairman of the Sullivan County Republican Committee.

He still plans to remain active operating his beef farm.

Coombe began his career in public service at age 25 when he was elected as a Town of Neversink councilman, a post he held for 12 years.

He went on to serve in the New York State Assembly for 10 years then ran the Watershed Agriculture Council for another decade.

Richard Coombe -credit Farm Progress

Coombe was then appointed by President George Herbert Walker Bush to run the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for five years.

In 2008, he assumed the role of county GOP chairman.

“They were exciting times in Albany in the Assembly but I think most important was helping put environmental programs on farms all across the country and in the territories of the United States for President Bush,” he told Mid-Hudson News.

Town of Cochecton Supervisor Gary Maas, the current county GOP vice chairman, will assume the top post in January.

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