Eve Ann Shwartz
Eve Ann was born and raised on her family’s beef and dairy farm on Borden Rd. Earlville, NY. She attended Hamilton Central Schools and received a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1982 Eve Ann earned a JD degree from Northeastern University School of Law and returned to run the family farm with her husband, Harmon Hoff.
Eve Ann was admitted to the NYS Bar in 1985 and began a general law practice in the Village of Hamilton. In 1992 she sold her practice and returned to the farm and the important task of raising the couple’s two children, Sasha and Jesse. In 1993 Eve Ann was elected to serve on the Hamilton Town Council. During her 4 year term on the council she headed the Town’s Long Range Planning Committee and helped to adopt the Town of Hamilton’s first Comprehensive Plan.
A founding member and first Board President of the Partnership for Community Development (PCD), in 2002 Eve Ann became the executive director of the PCD. During her tenure, the PCD launched a successful fašade restoration program renovating 10 storefronts in the Village of Hamilton and 6 buildings in the Village of Earlville. The PCD initiated a series of community music and arts festivals including the first Hamilton Chocolate Wreck Fest. Eve Ann guided the PCD’s efforts to create a small business assistance program, supported creation of the Hamilton Business Alliance, and obtained grant funds to create a Greater Hamilton Economic Development plan and update the Town’s zoning laws.
In 2006 Eve Ann left the PCD and devoted her energy to growing the family’s beef business. Maple Avenue Farms currently raises 75 head of Black Angus beef and direct markets its “Sun Fed Beef” at health food stores and farmer’s markets in Central NY and New York City. Eve Ann is a founding member of the Madison
County Agricultural Economic Development committee and a member of NYS Farm Bureau.
Also in 2006, Eve Ann helped to create and served as Co–Chair of STOP NYRI, grass roots citizen’s group which successfully defeated a proposed 200 mile long electrical transmission line. Eve Ann is a founding member and currently serves on the steering committee of the Southern Madison County Gas Coalition, a group organized to insure that local landowners have sufficient bargaining power to negotiate leases that protect the individual and the community’s land, water and air, while also providing a positive financial return to the landowner.
Eve Ann will bring a lifetime of community service, business savvy and personal integrity to the task of governing the Town of Hamilton.