The Shandaken town board voted on November 8 to accept a town budget with the tax increase reduced from the preliminary figure of 7.4 percent to a final hike of 5.45 percent, still higher than the state’s two percent tax cap.
Woodstock Times | Politics & Government
The only contested election in Woodstock did not yield much suspense on November 7.
With 99 absentee ballots sitting in the hopper on the day after the 2017 election, and more potentially to come in before they get opened beginning Wednesday, November 15, only two votes separated Hurley town supervisor candidates Republican/Conservative/ Independence party choice John Perry (1104) and Democrat/Green/ Working Families hopeful Tracy Kellogg (1102).
Can a candidate who lost both Democratic and Republican primaries win the general election against the two opponents who defeated him? That possibility remains for former county Democratic Party chair and incumbent county legislator John Parete of Boiceville, who holds a slim 20-vote lead over Democratic challenger Kathy Nolan in the 22nd district, which includes Shandaken, Olive, Denning and Hardenburgh, with at least 217 absentee ballots still to count.
New York State voters on November 7, 2017 will be asked whether there should be a constitutional convention, if convicted felons should lose their state pensions and if it should be easier for towns to use state forest land for projects.
Many races are unopposed, but the few contests are well contested. An overview of town and county races in the northwest quadrant of Ulster County.
The November 7 election will represent the first time in over two decades that retiring GOP supervisor Gary Bellows has not been on the ballot. Republican John Perry will attempt to succeed him. Democrat Tracey Kellogg hopes to take the town in a different direction
Richard Heppner, Lorin Rose and Barry Samuels are the candidates.
The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act has been cut in half and advertising is non-existent. In addition, so-called “navigators,” who help guide persons through the enrollment process, are scarce.
‘Twenty-five years. That’s a long time to be sitting on the bench. He’s a real gentleman. He did a great job…’