The outcome of a very close election for Gardiner town supervisor was confirmed last Friday, when the Ulster County Board of Elections tallied absentee ballots.
John Perry, his town’s former assessor and a longtime fixture for his coaching of local kids’ sports teams, will be the new town supervisor in Hurley after the counting of absentee ballots on Monday, November 20 gave him 13 more votes than former Woodstock supervisor and now West Hurley resident Tracy Kellogg, who was making her third run for the position on Democratic, Green and Working Family party lines.
When the final absentee ballots were opened eight days after the election, the veteran Republican had defeated opponent Michael MacIsaac by just six votes. In another Saugerties legislative district, Joe Maloney widened his victory over incumbent Chris Allen.
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.
Democrats performed well in the races for town office but Republicans appear to have picked up a county legislature seat.
New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez easily turned aside challenger Marty Irwin during his first reelection campaign; he will now
Unofficial results indicate Republicans will hold their narrow majority in the county legislature, the call for a constitutional convention fell on deaf ears by a near 6-1 margin and races in some towns were extremely tight.
County government has a greater impact on local affairs than most realize. Here’s a look at some of its responsibilities and why it matters who represents you.