There were some definitive races won and lost in the Town of Lloyd and others that were too close to call when the polls closed on Tuesday. Republican incumbent town supervisor Paul Hansut won handily against Democratic challenger and Town Board member Mike Guerriero, securing 1,418 votes to his opponent’s 977. These votes are still unofficial, as they had yet to be confirmed on the Ulster County Board of Elections website by press time.
The highest vote-getter was veteran incumbent town clerk Rosaria Peplow, a Democrat, who brought in 1,504 votes to her Republican challenger Sally Bellacicco’s 912. Democratic incumbent superintendent of highways Rich Klotz won back his position with 1,366 votes to Republican challenger Lenny Auchmoody’s 1,009 votes.
The only definitive winner in the four-way run for two Town Board seats was Republican incumbent Jeff Paladino, who collected 1,361 votes. The next highest vote-getter was fellow Republican incumbent Kevin Brennie, who had 1,176 votes. Now-retired longtime superintendent of highways Frank Lombardi, a Democrat, brought in 1,127 votes, and his running mate Joseph Indelicato secured 1,011 votes. The race for the second seat between Brennie and Lombardi was too close to call without the approximately 200 absentee ballots yet to be counted.
“Obviously I’m very happy and humbled by the amount of people who showed their support for me,” said Supervisor Hansut. “I’m a little disappointed that Sally [Bellacicco] and Lenny [Auchmoody] did not win. They’re both great people and qualified candidates who worked very hard, but it’s difficult to run against well-known incumbents. I hope that Councilman Brennie will remain on the board with us, as he is a great asset to the board and all of the residents of Lloyd.”
Paladino said that he too was “very grateful for the support shown for me tonight to elect me to my second term. It helps me to know that I’m doing the right thing and I look forward to bringing all of the things we’ve been working so hard on to fruition with the rest of the board. I would have liked to see more of our team win, but the voters have spoken. I do hope that Councilman Brennie will return to our board, as he has been a part of a core group that has worked diligently to move Lloyd forward in a positive direction.”
Incumbent Republican town justice Terry Elia, who ran cross-endorsed and unopposed, garnered 2,304 votes.
It was a runaway victory for current Lloyd town councilman Herb Litts III, who ran on the Republican slate to represent portions of the Towns of Lloyd and Plattekill for Ulster County Legislature District 9, with 1,065 votes to Democratic challenger Billiam van Roestenberg’s 531 votes. The race was tighter for District 10, representing portions of the Towns of Lloyd and Marlboro, with incumbent majority whip Mary Beth Maio apparently winning with 836 votes to her Democratic challenger Gerard Lyons’ total of 761. Again, this race could be too close to call without the absentee and affidavit ballots yet to be counted.