First responder seeks legislative seat

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HYDE PARK – Roosevelt  Fire District Station 2 President Ben Geller has announced that he is running for a seat on the Dutchess County Legislature in November.  Geller is seeking the Republican and Conservative ballot lines in his race against Democrat Brendan Lawler.  Lawler was recently appointed to fill the vacancy created when Hannah Black vacated the position to become Democratic Elections Commissioner for the county.

The 25-year-old Geller is seeking to bring his medical training and experience to the county and said he will seek to expand mental health services for those in need.  “I want Dutchess County to be the leader in mental health services, making us an example for the surrounding counties to model their programs.  We need to put more funding into mental health programming.”

Ben Geller offering patient care.
In addition to his role as a first responder in Hyde Park, Geller works for Dutchess County Emergency Response, assisting in the COVID-19 vaccination efforts.  The first-time candidate has also traveled around the globe with medical teams to provide patient care to areas that have limited access to medical services.  “County Executive Marc Molinaro has done a tremendous job in addressing the varied needs of the county and I look forward to working with him to continue moving Dutchess forward,” said Geller.