Voters set to cast ballots

king cuomo SQAn election for governor of New York, pitting incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo and running mate Kathy C. Hochul against Republican Rob Astorino, current Westchester County executive, and his running mate Chris Moss, tops the election day ballot. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott are also on the ballot for Governor.

The races will pit longtime Democratic incumbent assemblyman Kevin Cahill, also on the Working Families party line, against Republican challenger Kevin Roberts, who also appears on the Conservative line.

And, of course, the marquee race is for the U.S. House of Representatives, pitting incumbent Republican Chris Gibson against Democrat Sean Eldridge. Close behind in interest is the rematch for the State Senate between incumbent Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk and Republican George Amedore. (see accompanying stories.) Incumbent Republican James Seward, whose district includes Shandaken and Olive, runs unopposed.


More than 108,000 Ulster County registrants will be eligible to vote on election day, November 4 in other races ranging from U.S. House of Representatives to town of Saugerties tax collector. Democrats, with 37,375 enrollees in Ulster County, remain the larger major party, compared to 27,639 Republicans. The persons registered as members of no party number 33,518.

According to unofficial registration figures released by the county board of elections last week, the Independence Party, with 5669 members, outnumbers all other minor parties combined. Conservatives show 2573 enrollees, Greens 659 and Libertarians 92. There are 206 registrants listed as “others.”

On the ballot are four-year terms for governor and lieutenant governor, state comptroller — incumbent Democrat Thomas P. DiNapoli against Republican Robert Antonacci — and attorney general, incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman against Republican John Cahill. There are seven state legislative districts in Ulster, four assemblymembers and three senators, all running for two-year terms.

There is a contest for a 14-year term for justice of the state supreme court in the Third Judicial District (see accompanying story) which includes Ulster, in addition to family court judge (also more in an accompanying story). Surrogate Judge Mary Work is running without opposition. Judicial terms are ten years. Sheriff Paul VanBlarcum is also without opposition for a four-year term.

State propositions dealing with reapportionment, technology funding for schools and modernization of legislative bill distribution are also on the ballot. (more details inside).

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.