Peter Darby for Town Council
Peter Darby is a native New Yorker who was born and grew up on Southampton, Long Island, attending schools there. As a young man he lived in various places, but he chose to settle in Earlville on Newbridge Farm with his wife, Margaret Darby, thirty-three years ago.
Peter attended college in Connecticut at Wesleyan U., majoring in English, and went on to take a Masters degree in English from Indiana U. (Bloomington). He also served four years in the Air Force including one in Viet Nam, (not in combat). During those years he met Margaret Flanders, who was teaching in California. They were married while he was stationed in Germany. After spending three years in England, they moved with their two small daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, to Poolville in 1976 and then to Earlville in 1977. Both daughters graduated from the Sherburne-Earlville School.
Peter and Margaret bought the Harvey Bensley farm in 1977 where they raised beef cattle for ten years. He also has been a self-employed carpenter since that time. In addition, he maintains and manages some rental property in the Town of Hamilton. A recent interest of his is in installing geothermal systems.
Peter Darby has found time for significant public service, having been elected to serve on the Sherburne-Earlville School Board for twelve years. He was President of the Board for two terms, including the time of the construction of the new elementary school.
He also served three years on the Earlville Opera House Board of Trustees, including two years as president.
Currently Peter serves on the Steering Committee of the Southern Madison County Gas Coalition. His primary motivation in seeking election to the Town Council is deep concern about the expected development of gas well drilling in the Town. Peter has said: