Beach & Bartolo Realtors Names Jeffrey McKinney as Sales Manager

Beach & Bartolo Realtors has named Jeffrey McKinney as Sales Manager, according to Charles “Chuck” Bartolo, Principal Broker.

Jeff has been with the agency since 2016 and recently earned his Associate Broker’s license. Chuck Bartolo said, “from very early in Jeff’s real estate career, Jeff has always been willing to extend a helping hand to any agent in the office who needed it. He’s smart, tech-savvy and committed to helping new agents overcome the challenges they face when entering the profession.”

In his new role as Sales Manager, Jeff will be responsible for supervising agents and providing them the resources and support needed to sell or lease properties. Jeff’s appointment increases Beach & Bartolo’s in-office support team, which, in addition to Chuck Bartolo, also includes a full time Office Manager, and an Office Assistant.

Beach & Bartolo Realtors, voted “Best Real Estate Company” in Columbia County for four consecutive years, has been in business for 58 years. With 20 agents in their office, Beach & Bartolo is one of the largest independent brokerages in the region.

Why Columbia County?

There are plenty of sound reasons to choose Columbia County as your place to live.  With over 600 square miles of beauty to pick from, the scenic beauty is simple amazing. Also, if your thinking of bringing your business here, we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, as well as large potential work force. The lifestyle nicely blends a combination of full-time and part-time residents, many of which provide additional work opportunities. Our local farms provide an abundance of fresh food & vegetables throughout the year. A well rounded and active cultural scene provides an assortment of choices to locals and visitors alike. Access to a major city like Albany, is simply a short car ride away, and Amtrak’s easy transportation to the entire northeast corridor, including NYC, awaits within the lively city of Hudson. Currently all this is being enjoyed by a mere population of only 61,000. We have lots of room for all you newcomers, you’ll always feel welcomed!

Edward “Adam” Nielsen & Tia Nielsen Celebrate 7 Years With The Agency

We are happy to congratulate Adam and Tia on 7 years with the agency this month.

Edward “Adam” Nielsen, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, Adam was born and raised in Copake Falls, NY. He spent most of his childhood ski racing down Catamount, and participating in numerous water sports on Copake Lake. Growing up into a family legacy of reputable builders, Adam has learned from the best

 carpenters in the county. His grandfather, father and uncles, taught him everything there is to know about building a custom home, from laying down the foundation all the way to the finishing touches. He currently continues the family tradition of exceptional building.

Besides knowing what our area consists of inside and out, his expertise regarding land, land development, and building site construction go hand in hand with the real estate industry. With his background in building, love for interacting with people, and ability for envisioning property potential, it only seemed natural to become a licensed agent, and help the home buyer/seller with this important investment in their life.

Adam enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, hunting, golf and spending time with his family out on Copake Lake.

Tia Nielsen, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

As a Columbia County native and Chatham High School graduate, I have lived here in beautiful upstate NY nearly my entire life. I briefly left the area to attend college, earning a BA in Communications from the University of Central Florida. Prior to returning home, I had wonderful experiences being a brand representative for various marketing firms. I traveled nationwide to advertise and boost sales for a 2003 M&M’s candy campaign, and also team managed a product launch in the Northeast, including our Hudson Valley area, for Dunkin’ Donuts brand.

I always knew I would return to where my roots are and raise my family, which during the past six years I have been a stay at home mom for my two very active boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, and appreciating the incredible outdoors and community events that Columbia County has to offer.With my background in the marketing/promotional industry and love for interacting with people, I believe that strong morals such as honesty, courtesy and respect in all relationships are the most valuable characteristics one should possess when assisting consumers. My goal is to bring the upmost, friendly and positive experience to all home buyers and sellers that I may have the pleasure to work with. I am excited about joining such a reputable, hometown agency as Beach and Bartolo. I look forward to helping people find their dream home.


Jeffrey McKinney Earns Title of Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Charles “Chuck” Bartolo, Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, is proud to announce that Jeffrey McKinney has earned the title of Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. In order to receive this title you need to have a number of years experience, complete the required coursework and pass an exam with the state. Beach & Bartolo has 20 agents working in their office and with the addition of Jeff, 9 of those agents carry the coveted title of Associate Broker.

Jeff works with buyers, sellers, renters and property owners. He takes an extremely proactive, and “hands-on” approach with all his clients, and is there for them through every step of the buying, selling, or renting process. In order to provide his clients with a high level of attention, he prefers to work with a small number of clients at a given time.

Jeff brings his background in T.V. and Online production, and content development to the Real Estate profession, which gives him a unique perspective on staging, photographing, and marketing his client’s properties. Jeff also combines social media savvy with proven Real Estate practices to help his clients sell their homes, and he has had proven success with helping homeowners sell previously “un-sellable” homes. When working with buyers, he makes it a personal mission to help clients find the home of their dreams.

Jeff was born in Philadelphia, PA, and made his way to NYC after graduating college. After a decade of weekend and holiday visits to Columbia County, Jeff left NYC in 2007, and became a permanent resident of this beautiful and unique region. At that time, he identified a lack of online resources covering the county, and some of it’s smaller towns, so he created one, The site provides visitors with regularly updated content that covers local news, arts and entertainment, calendar listings and a Real Estate section that provides Jeff’s clients with a unique means of showcasing their homes through feature-style home listings.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, a good happy hour drink with friends, listening to a great music playlist, and continuing to explore Columbia County, to find new and exciting locations.

Jeff welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. He can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or on his cell 917-225-8607.


Beach & Bartolo Realtors Welcomes Two New Agents

Chuck Bartolo Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, Inc of Chatham, NY is pleased to announce that Elizabeth “Betsy” VanAlstyne & Jennifer Sesma have joined the agency as Licensed Real Estate Salespersons. These additions bring Beach & Bartolo to a total of 19 licensees, 8 Associate Real Estate Brokers and 11 Real Estate Salespersons.

Elizabeth “Betsy” VanAlstyne

Betsy VanAlstyne, was born and raised in Ithaca, NY, and is currently a resident of the Village of Chatham. Betsy moved to the Capital District many years ago to finish her college career as an intern at ESIPA (Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts) when it was housed at The Egg in Albany. After that, she raised her family and worked as a real estate closing coordinator and paralegal, day care director, activities director at Emma Willard School and activities director at Eddy Hawthorne Ridge – a retirement community in East Greenbush.

Betsy has always had a genuine interest in both people and real estate. Her years of experience in customer service and human services have helped her find her way to Beach & Bartolo.

Betsy remarried and moved to Chatham in 2015. Betsy and her husband, Bill, share 6 grown children and 4 grandchildren. They are fortunate to be able to spend lots of time with their family, who all live within an hour of Chatham. In addition, Betsy enjoys spending her time with friends, gardening, travel and enjoying all that Columbia County and the Capital district have to offer.

Betsy welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. She can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or on her cell 518-867-5236.

Jennifer Sesma

Jennifer was introduced to Columbia County and the Hudson Valley through weekend trips, escaping the city and the corporate world. After 13+ years living in Brooklyn, she finally bought a house and moved tothe Village of Chatham full time in 2018. Jennifer joined Beach & Bartolo as a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in 2019 with the goal of helping others have a great experience with real estate whether they are selling their house/land or buying their first home, forever home or investment property.

She previously has 16+ years of specialty retail experience with a national chain of high-end greeting card, stationery and women’s lifestyle stores. As a Director, she managed 26 retail stores across Manhattan, Westchester County and Connecticut, and also frequently consulted with the real estate team on the portfolio of stores in those markets. She attended Massachusetts College of Art in Design and graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Printmaking.

Jennifer loves meeting and working with new people. She is hands on, has an eye for detail, is up front and honest, and works with a sense of urgency to get the job done. She is not afraid to think outside the box, is solution oriented and loves a challenge.

In her spare time you will find Jennifer gardening, fixing up her 1890 Victorian home, running or cycling country roads, or out exploring and enjoying everything Columbia County and the region has to offer.

Jennifer welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. She can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or on her cell 617-359-1873.

Beach & Bartolo Realtors Celebrates Winning “Best Real Estate Company” In Columbia County For The Fourth Consecutive Year.

On August 4, 2019 Beach & Bartolo Realtors had a small celebration at Queechy Lake in Canaan celebrating their fourth year winning “Best Real Estate Company” in Columbia County for 2019. The Best of Columbia County Awards are an annual contest, where county residents can vote for their favorite local businesses in more than 90 categories. This is the fourth year the agency has won this prestigious award.

Chuck wanted to hold a celebration thanking the agents for all of their hard work. Chuck was quoted as saying; “ It is our mission to work hard each day to maintain our reputation as an honest, trustworthy and professional organization for all our many customers and clients.” To contact Beach & Bartolo Realtors, call 518-392-2700, visit their website or just stop by their office at 34 Main Street in Chatham.

Chatham Summerfest 2019 Happening This Weekend

Street Fair 11:00am-7:00pm
Nightlife 7:00pm-11:00pm

Chatham Summerfest 2019 will be more spectacular than ever this year as we kick off the 150th Celebration of the incorporation of the Village. There will be two stages with music and entertainment, food trucks, activities for kids, a Farmer’s Market, artisan vendors, WDST radio, a special commemorative beer from Chatham Brewing, and more including plenty of activities for children including face painting and train rides. Chatham is proud of its railroad heritage with a restored station and trains that rumble through the village daily. An authentic reproduction train will offer rides to children and adults. Be sure to check back for updates! (Street will reopen at 6:00pm.)


11:00am-4:00pm: Register for a Free Raffle Friends of the Tracy – Tracy Memorial
11:00am-4:00pm: Pinwheel Making – Columbia Land Conservancy
11:00am-6:00pm: Columbia County Pathways to Recovery. Mock Drug User Bedroom: An Interactive Experience – Morris Memorial
11:00am-6:00pm Chatham T-Shirt & Commemorative Wooden Nickel Sales – Information Booth
11:00am-6:00pm: Kids Activities: Train Rides, Cotton Candy, Bubbles, Balloons & more – Park Row
Noon: Free popcorn with every ticket purchased for “The Lion King” – Crandell Theatre
Noon-3:00pm: WDST Live Broadcast – Willow and Oak
Noon: Music by the Reverberators – Chatham Brewing Stage
1:00-4:00pm: Face Painting, Stellar Face and Body Art
Park Row
1:30pm: Big Head Parade – Starting on Park Row
1:50pm:Commemorative Ceremony – Chatham Brewing Stage
2:30pm: Music by Guilty Pleasures – Chatham Brewing Stage
2:30pm: Citrus Maxima Band – Main Street
4:00-7:00pm: Light snacks and beverages – Glint Fine Jewelry
6:30pm: Music by Till the Earth – Chatham Brewing

Summerfest Sales and Events Hosted by Chatham Village Businesses

American Pie is Having a “Last of Their Kind Sale” – 41 Main Street
Chatham Bookstore – Raffling off a $50.00 gift certificate to the bookstore; one dollar donation per ticke. Your donation will benefit the Crellin Park Summer Youth Program’s Sponsor a Camper Drive. Raffle tickets will are now available in the store. – 27 Main Street
Fahari Bazaar A booth on Main Street and a sale on select items in her shop.
50 Hudson Avenue
Farmers Market – At the Gazebo
Pookstyle – Offering a free raffle for a 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Broadway and will have a sale table in front of the shop. – 15 Main Street
R.H. Van Alstyne Fine Jewelry – Up to 50% Off Selected Jewelry & Giftware. Think summer weddings. Free gift with purchase of $25 or more. – 42 Main Street
SomethinsGottaGive – A tent in front of the shop with select product from local artisans. – 5 Main Street
 The People’s Pub – Inside: opening at noon for lunch, serving $5 Margaritas. Outside: grilling shrimp kebabs, pork kebabs and sausage from Buttonwood Hollow Farm. Also outside, a Mojito station for those on the go. – 36 Main Street
Toast – Grilling baby back ribs on the smoker with a local cherry BBQ sauce and a few surprises. – 41 Main Street


1.     Adirondack Kettle Corn

2.     All Fired Up: Handmade jewelry

3.     Asia Luna

4.     Astral Power: locally-sourced clean energy for your community

5.     Avon: Avon -products, skin care, makeup, bug guard, health and wellness      products.

6.     Bathfitter

7.     Brilliant Link and PotJam Bread

8.     Buttondown Balloons

9.     Campside Chef: gourmet spice blends

10.   Chatham Bodywork Collective

11.   Chatham Democrats

12.   Chatham and Ghent Republicans

13.   Chatham Historical Society and Post Office

14.   Chatham Kids Club

15.   Chatham Public Library

16.   Citizens Climate Lobby/Citizens Climate Education

17.   Columbia County Habitat for Humanity

18.   Columbia County Pathways to Recovery

19.   Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

20.   Columbia Greene Community College

21.   Columbia Greene Humane Society

22.   Columbia Land Conservancy

23.   Corona D’oro, LLC

24.   Culligan Water

25.   Davistudio: artist-made porcelain, handcrafted in the Hudson Valley

26.   Deborah A Berlin Fine Arts

27.   Deep Earth Designs Pottery

28.   Designs with Desi

29.   Desserts by Design

30.   Dontam Equine Treasures

31.   Fahari Designs

32.   Fidelis Care

33.   Firefly: Soy candles and room sprays, and small magnets

34.   Flying Deer Nature Center

35.   Ghent Democratic Committee

36.   Govertsen Fabrication/ GFab Graphix

37.   Heritage Artisans

38.   Historical Chatham

39.   Hudson Harmony II, Inc

40.   Hudson Valley Candle Company

41.   I’m N.O.T. Gonna Get Ticked – N.O.T. Enterprises

42.   Indivisible Chatham NY

43.   Jane Lyon Jewelry

44.   Just Dogs

45.   Kastania Olive Oil

46.   Kira’s Pet Shop: Handmade cat and dog collars, bandanas, leashes and more

47.   LeafFilter North of New York, LLC: gutter protection

48.   Left Brain Creations

49.   Livilu Boutique: women’s clothing and accessories

50.   Lola Oberon

51.   Louis F. Payn Foundation

52.   Marveled Designs

53.   Mac-Haydn Theatre

54.   MED PTA

55.   Mr Ding-A-Ling

56.   North Chatham Public Library

57.   Olde York Farm Distillery & Cooperage: seasonal distilled spirits suchas: Cacao maple vodka, ramp vodka, black walnut bourbon and Thai Basil Liquor

58.   Our Community Cares: assisting residents in Columbia County

59.   Pinnacle Trail Design and Construction: full-service trail-building firm

60.   Pixie Floss LLC: artisanal and organic cotton candy

61.   Potholder Potpourri: Novelty print potholders

62.   Renewal By Anderson/Gutter Helmet

63.   Righteous Rags

64.   Round Designs

65.   Singerman and Post

66.   Spencertown Academy: building community through the arts

67.   Stellar Face and Body Art

68.   Sweet Central Express

69.   Taconic Brass

70.   The Art Caddy

71.   The Chatham Synagogue

72.   The Chuck Wagon: pulled pork/chicken, gyro’s, poutine, fries, jepanio kielsbosa bites, bac wrapped mac n cheese, various desserts, iced/hot coffee, soft drinks, malt shakes

73.   The Peach Tree: natural gemstone jewelry with the intention of spreading positivity, self care, and a connection to the earth.

74.   The Prudence Collection

75.   Toolin’ Around: unique bird houses made from antique and repurposed wood, copper, tin and hardware with special attention paid to Audubon Society specifications for details required by different species

76.   Town of Chatham Climate Committee

77.   Town of Chatham Recreation Committee

78.   Trustco Bank

79.   Turmeric Store

80.   Turn Again Wood Works

81.   Usborne Books & More: children’s books

82.   Velo Domestique

83.   Waffle Pop

84.   Walz Crafty Wonders

85.   Wellnow

86.   Women’s Peace Collection

87.   Xanadu Fine Minerals LLC

88.   Yankee Distillers

89.   Yummy Kitchen

90.   Zonta Club of Upper Hudson Valley

Brian David Wagner Joins Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Chuck Bartolo Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, Inc of Chatham, NY is pleased to announce that Brian Wagner has joined the agency as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. His addition brings Beach & Bartolo to a total of 17 licensees, 8 Associate Real Estate Brokers and 9 Real Estate Salespersons.

Brian fell in love with real estate 24 years ago when he bought his first home in Boston. He became so enamored with the whole process and the thrill of finding that perfect home that he put that passion to great use over the years by helping several friends navigate the waters on their way to finding the perfect home too, all while buying and selling several of his own. So, when he and his husband bought a weekend home in Austerlitz 13 years ago, it was only natural to begin a discussion of putting that passion to use in a more formal way once he was ready to leave the corporate world!

6 years ago Brian got his real estate license, 4 years ago he and his husband moved full time from NYC to their home in Austerlitz and the rest as they say is history! Brian brings over 30 years of business acumen to his career in real estate, having spent countless hours negotiating for and supporting his clients. This business knowledge coupled with his passion for real estate and love of Columbia County means someone who knows his way around a deal and will always be in your corner!

Brian welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. He can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or on his cell 617-276-2756.

More About Brian

Kimberley Brusie Joins Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Chuck Bartolo Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, Inc of Chatham, NY is pleased to announce that Kimberley Brusie has joined the agency as a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. Her addition brings Beach & Bartolo to a total of 18 licensees, 8 Associate Real Estate Brokers and 10 Real Estate Salespersons.

Raised in the agricultural world of dairy farming and educated at the University of Vermont in ag economics, Kim immersed herself in getting business done in the fields of milk marketing, healthcare, property insurance and real estate.

Kim is a native of Columbia County and resides in Copake Falls. She considers southeast Columbia and northeastern Dutchess counties especially BEAUTIFUL, FRIENDLY AND SAFE. Ancram, Copake, Hillsdale and Millerton are great places to do business and enjoy the rural life.

A REALTOR with many years of success arranging home and land sales, Kim is expecting to see you long after your closing and thus the Golden Rule is her guiding principle.

Kim is passionate about her family, working and playing outdoors, skiing and studying American history.

Kim welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. She can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or at her home office 518-329-7220.

More About Kim

Donna Knight Joins Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Chuck Bartolo Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, Inc of Chatham, NY is pleased to announce that Donna Knight has joined the agency as a Real Estate Salesperson. Her addition brings Beach & Bartolo to a total of 17 agents, 7 Associate Brokers and 10 Real Estate Salespersons.

Donna believes that treating customers like family is both a guiding principle and a way of life.

She has lived in Columbia County for the past thirty years.   She initially worked in computer software design. Her second child’s complicated medical and educational needs, created a passion to advocate for the disabled. She has worked closely with many families with disabled children in the Chatham School District and beyond. She also serves on the board of COARC which is a chapter of the ARC of New York serving the disabled population of Columbia County as well as High-N-Mighty which is a PATH certified riding center.

Donna and her husband Jeff have been investing in real estate throughout the area for many years. She was a member of the Town of Canaan Planning board for ten years. She now brings this experience to help guide and advise buyers and sellers. Real Estate ownership and management has been the perfect avocation for an active mother of three now adult children. It is not uncommon to see her walking into the local building supply store in her paint stained jeans to pick up the materials needed to complete a repair.

In her free time, you will often see Donna in the warm weather months working in her flower gardens or soaking up the sun at Queechy Lake.

Donna welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. She can be reached at the office at 518 392-2700, or on her cell at 413-854-8012.