Kingston Mayor Steve Noble won a second four-year term in office Tuesday, beating out two challengers in what he described as an affirmation that Kingston was on the right track and behind his progressive agenda.
County Executive Pat Ryan of Gardiner coasted to his first full four-year term Tuesday night, with the Democrat easily winning a rematch election with Ulster County Conservative Party Chairman Jack Hayes, also of Gardiner, who was running on the Republican line as well.
According to unofficial results Tuesday night, Saugerties Town Supervisor Fred Costello Jr. fended off a challenge from Councilman Paul Andreassen to win another two-year term, while incumbent Councilwoman Leeanne Thornton won re-election and newcomer Mike Ivino took a seat on the town board.
The referendum question, “Shall the annual contribution of the Town of Gardiner for the operating budget of the Gardiner Library be increased by $46,846 to the sum of $276,076.00 annually?” was overwhelmingly approved by the voters by 1,233 to 523 votes, a 70.22 percent to 29.78 percent split.
This year there were no intra-party contests in local New Paltz elections, and no contest higher than the county level to draw voters in. With Democrats holding a sizable majority, there weren’t even Republican challengers for the two town council seats, making the election effortless for incumbent Julie Seyfert-Lillis and newcomer Alexandria Baer. The same was true for county legislator Jim Delaune, who sailed to a sleepy victory, as did town clerk Rosanna Mazzaccari-Rosenkranse. In contested races, the Democrats beat their opponents handily: town justice James Bacon will be returned to the bench for another term, and Eve Walter will succeed Hector Rodriguez in the county legislature, rather than Donna Smith.
The ballot question, “Should the terms for office for the Town of Rosendale supervisor and the Town of Rosendale superintendent of highways be increased from two years to four years, effective for terms commencing January 1, 2020?” was approved by a vote of 1,007 to 742: a comfortable 57.58 to 42.42 percent margin. The town races were uncontested.
Having a “meadow” rather than a lawn would decrease resources needed for upkeep and help out pollinators, but some are concerned the result would be more ticks.
Charges against District 2 County Legislature candidate Christopher P. Allen alleging criminal trespass have been filed with the Village of Saugerties Court. According to the complaint, lodged by Saugerties resident Paul Fowler, at about 7:58 p.m. on Oct. 30, Allen entered his residence through an unlocked door and verbally harassed him and his girlfriend, Gail Serris, for approximately five minutes. Allen called the whole thing “a bunch of lies.”
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The Ulster County Legislature District 4 race is a tale of two challengers. Democrat Brian Cahill and Republican Andi Turco-Levin each hope to fill a seat left vacant by the passing of James Maloney in July. Maloney, who was also the assessor in the Town of Ulster, has had his term completed by his wife, Brenda Maloney.