Over 37 years of town and county civic involvement including five years as President of The Taconic Hills Taxpayers Assn., (1971-1975) 500 members strong, largest taxpayers group ever established in Columbia County.
Thirty-three years business experience as a technical personnel recruiter, manager and corporate officer.
Mr. Wassenhove's tour of duty decades ago demonstrated his ability to speak effectively for those he represents. His assignments as Specialist 4th Class assigned to the Strategic Army Command's 2nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, led to him being charged with the responsibility of dealing with the military and civilian press media. The mission was so highly successful that it contributed in part to his being awarded in 1962 the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service, among his other awards such as the M1 Expert Rifle Badge.
His leadership as a spokesperson for the constitutionally guaranteed property rights of the people living in rural communities in the Hudson Valley region of Columbia County led to his receiving the Eleventh Annual Defender of Private Property Rights Award at the 2008 Annual National Conference on Private Property Rights held by the Property Rights Foundation, Inc. He presently serves as Chairman of the Save Pine Haven, Phase II, to save the facility when it becomes available, for conversion into a Veteran's Care and Resource Center.
He has been a member of the Ghent Comprehensive Planning Commission, and Senior member of The Board of Ethics.
He was appointed as Columbia County Liaison for Assemblyman Marcus J. Molinaro (R) 103rd District.
Married to the former Joan E. Cardis with three grown daughters.