Councilor Schoch spends campaign time caring for her son
By Willie Kiernan
Carol Schoch can remember when a town councilor implied that there would be a woman on the town board over his dead body.
"The first time I ran for office, things were much different," Schoch said. "The many issues are still the same, the comprehensive plan, the lake, preserving the character of Cazenovia, but now they're on the front burner. These are active issues. It's happening right now."
Schoch, the first woman on the Cazenovia Town Board, has served for eight years and is seeking reelection against Helen Beale, Bill Zupan and Sparky Christakos, four candidates for two positions. Since Supervisor Liz Moran is running for a second term unopposed, Schoch is the only incumbent on the board who is being challenged on Election Day. However, before she could begin any sort of campaigning, her son had a life-threatening accident that demanded her attention.
"I am bringing this up so that people know where my space has been the last five weeks, and that's it," Schoch said. "I have not campaigned, per se, because my personal life has been upside down."
On Sept. 14, Schoch's 25-year-old son, Steve Smith was airlifted to University Hospital after a head-on collision on Nelson Road. He was treated for numerous broken bones, a collapsed lung, ligament damage and severe abrasions.
"Thank God he had no head or spinal cord injuries," Schoch said.
Smith, who lives in Canastota, came back to his mother's house to recuperate after a two-week stay in the hospital.
"He was doing remarkably well," Schoch said.
As the patient was being weaned off the pain relievers, he began to feel excruciating pain in his left leg which was broken in six places.
"It was something I never saw before," Schoch said.