Peter Criswell

2020-2021: Deputy Chair, Public Health & Social Services Committee

Legislator,
District No. 7 - City of Kingston

Contact Information

Where: 
Post Office Box 1800
Kingston, NY 12402
Phone: 
(845) 481-3264

Legislative Information

Party Enrollment: 
Democrat
Party Affiliation: 
Democrat
Working Families

Background -+

Peter Criswell is serving his first term as Ulster County Legislator. His priorities include ensuring that Ulster County has laws, policies, and resolutions that defend human rights, build the economy, and protect the environment. He’s committed to working with colleagues and constituents to develop pathways to quality affordable housing; to provide equitable opportunities for residents to use the county’s educational resources; to support county services and programs; and to encourage economic development in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and transparency. He’s particularly interested in advancing the county’s thriving arts scene, as he understands the power of art to change lives, bring communities together, and serve as a force for economic growth.

Born in Bethlehem, Penn., he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bard College and a Master of Science degree in Business Leadership and Strategic Management from Manhattanville College. His professional career has focused on the nonprofit sector. He’s worked as Executive Director for five nonprofit groups: Hudson River Heritage, Historic Philadelphia Inc. & Betsy Ross House, the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, the New York City Gay Men's Chorus & Youth Pride Chorus, and, currently, the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, in Cragsmoor, N.Y.

Mr. Criswell is currently serving his second term on the City of Kingston’s Arts Commission. He sits on the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors and served as that body’s president for two years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Key of Q, the Hudson Valley’s LGBTQ and Allied Acapella Singers. 

A fun fact is that he portrays old Rip Van Winkle in the annual Sinterklass parade in Kingston. He is looking forward to serving the communities and people of Ulster County and the constituents of District 7 - City of Kingston Wards 6, 7, and 8.

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2020-2021 Attendance

Attended

Mon, Oct 4, 2021
Mon, Oct 4, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Sep 14, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jul 20, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jun 15, 2021
Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Absent

Meeting of the
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Thu, Jul 8, 2021
Thu, Jul 8, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jul 13, 2021
Mon, Aug 30, 2021
Mon, Aug 30, 2021

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Attendance from previous terms

Attended

2020-2021

Mon, Oct 4, 2021
Mon, Oct 4, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Sep 14, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Aug 17, 2021
Mon, Aug 2, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jul 20, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jun 15, 2021
Thu, Jun 3, 2021

Absent

2020-2021

Meeting of the
Tue, Apr 13, 2021
Thu, Jul 8, 2021
Thu, Jul 8, 2021
Meeting of the
Tue, Jul 13, 2021
Mon, Aug 30, 2021
Mon, Aug 30, 2021

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2020-2021 Votes

Yes Votes

Wed, Oct 6, 2021 Vote To Adopt Resolution No. 238.4 With Policy As Amended
Tue, Oct 5, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 474
Tue, Oct 5, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 476
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 486
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 502
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 487
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 503
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 488
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 504
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 489
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 490
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 491
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 492
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 493
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 494
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 462
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 495
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 424.1 As Amended
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 496
Mon, Oct 4, 2021 Committee Vote to Adopt Resolution No. 425.1

Abstained

No votes recorded

Vote Not Recorded

Sponsored legislation from previous terms

2020

  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $140,400.00 Entered Into By The County – Resource Center For Accessible Living, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Budget To Accept Allocation Award From Office Of Victim Services For Victims Of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim And Witness Assistance Grant Program – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $109,995.00 Entered Into By The County – Health Research, Inc. – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $75,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,665,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $162,600.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $120,328.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $333,448.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $139,787.00 Entered Into By The County – Family of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $80,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Bonadio & Co. LLP – Department Of Social Services
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute An Inter-Municipal Agreement For The Preschool Special Education And Related Services Program With The Kingston City School District – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment Entered Into By The County For Rates Anticipated To Exceed $50,000.00 – Rolling V Bus Corp. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment Entered Into By The County For Rates Anticipated To Exceed $50,000.00 – MAT Bus Corp. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment Entered Into By The County For Rates Anticipated To Exceed $50,000.00 – Birnie Bus Service Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $2,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – The William George Agency For Children's Services, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $2,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Vanderheyden Hall, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Saint John Bosco Child And Family Services – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $3,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – St. Christopher's, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $2,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – St. Catherine's Center For Children – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $250,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Saint Anne Institute – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $400,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Rising Ground, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Parsons Child And Family Center – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $250,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Northeast Parent And Child Society, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Mental Health Association In Ulster County, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $2,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – La Salle School – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $2,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Kidspeace National Centers Of North America, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $400,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $500,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Hillside Children's Center – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Green Chimneys Children's Services, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Devereux Foundation – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $500,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Catholic Charities Of The Diocese Of Albany, Community Maternity Services – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $3,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – The Children's Home Of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $500,000.00 Entered Into By The County – The Children's Home Of Kingston, New York – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Berkshire Farm Center And Services For Youth – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $1,000,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Astor Services For Children & Families– Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $350,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Woods Services, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $65,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Health Research, Inc. – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract For $74,956.00 Entered Into By The County – PEOPLE: Projects To Empower And Organize The Psychiatrically Labeled, Inc. – Department Of Health
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute A Contract With The New York State Department Of Health To Continue The Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program – Ulster County Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Supplemental Immunization Action Plan Funding From The New York State Department Of Health For Flu Activities – Ulster County Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Reflect Public Health Preparedness Funding For The COVID 19 Enhanced Detection Grant And Create Positions – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Liberty Resources, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept An Allocation Of Funds From The Redlich Horwitz Foundation To Support Home Finding Activities Within The Foster Care Program – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – NYSARC, Inc. DBA The Arc Of Delaware County – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Alison Krause, LMSW – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Primecare Medical Of New York, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Increased Funding From The New York State Office Of Addiction Services And Supports For Minimum Wage And Workforce Cost Of Living Adjustments – Department Of Mental Health
  • Calling On Westchester Medical Center/Health Alliance Of The Hudson Valley To Return Inpatient Mental Health Services To Ulster County And Calling On The County Executive To Reestablish Mental Health Care As A County-Delivered Service
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept An Allocation Of Funds From The Redlich Horwitz Foundation To Support Virtual Family Connectivity Within The Foster Care Program – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Supplemental Public Health Emergency Preparedness Funding From New York State Department Of Health For Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Activities – Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Supplemental Public Health Emergency Preparedness Funding From New York State Department of Health for COVID-19 Crisis Response – Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept HEALing Communities Study Funding And Create Positions – Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept HEALing Communities Study Funding And Create Positions – Department Of Health
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute A Contract With The New York State Department Of Health To Continue The Drinking Water Enhancement Program – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment Causing The Aggregate Contract Amount To Be In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – James McGuinness & Associates, Inc.– Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Gateway Community Industries, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Increased Funding From The New York State Office Of Addiction Services And Supports For Minimum Wage And Workforce Cost Of Living Adjustments – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept An Additional Allocation Of Funds From The New York State Office Of Children And Family Services To Continue Safe Harbour Programming – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept An Allocation Of Funds From The National Center On Child Abuse And Neglect To Enhance The Family Assessment Response Program – Department Of Social Services
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute Intermunicipal Agreements With The Town Of Saugerties And The Village Of Ellenville To Provide The Services Of Domestic Violence Investigators To The Ulster County Family And Child Advocacy Center – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept An Allocation Of Child Abuse Or Neglect Prevention And Treatment Act (CAPTA) Comprehensive Addiction And Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) Funds From The New York State Office Of Children And Family Services – Department Of Social Services
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget – Department Of Social Services
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute An Amendment To The Contract With The New York City Department of Environmental Protection To Continue Delegation Of Administration Of Section 18-38 Of The Watershed Regulations
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Community Services Board’s Substance Abuse Subcommittee
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Community Services Board
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Community Services Board’s Mental Health Subcommittee
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Community Services Board
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Gateway Community Industries, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Rising Ground, Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Ulster County Board Of Health
  • Confirming Appointment Of A Member To The Ulster County Board Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract Amendment In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York – Department Of Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Bonadio & Co. LLP – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Family Of Woodstock Inc. – Department Of Social Services
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Family Services, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Approving The Execution Of A Contract In Excess Of $50,000.00 Entered Into By The County – Family Services, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Authorizing The Commissioner of Health To Sign An Annual Renewal Provider Agreement And Profile With The New York State Department Of Health To Continue Participation In The Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program – Department Of Health
  • Authorizing The Commissioner Of Health To Sign Annual Renewal Provider Agreement And Profile With The New York State Department Of Health To Continue Participation In The Vaccines For Adult (VFA) Program – Department Of Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Increased Funding From The New York State Office Of Mental Health For Supported Housing – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Increased Funding From The New York State Office Of Mental Health For Gateway Community Industries, Inc. – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept Increased Funding From The New York State Office Of Mental Health For A Minimum Wage And Workforce Cost Of Living Adjustment– Department Of Mental Health
  • Authorizing The Chair Of The Ulster County Legislature To Execute A Contract With The New York State Office Of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) – Department Of Mental Health
  • Amending The 2020 Ulster County Budget To Accept One-Time Only Funding From The New York State Office Of Alcoholism And Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) For Jail-Based Medication Assisted Treatment Services (MAT) – Department Of Mental Health

This legislator has no sponsored legislation.

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Votes from previous terms

Yes Votes

2020-2021

No Votes

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Abstained

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Vote Not Recorded

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