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Schneider declared winner of Tannersville mayoral election by one vote; McGunnigle talks appeal

Mar 31, 2023 1:01 pm

Nancy Kern reports for Columbia-Greene Media that David Schneider was declared the winner of the Tannersville mayor election on March 30 by a count of 103-to-102 votes. The one vote victory came after Schneider had a two-vote lead after absentee ballots, and two cured ballots were submitted to the the Greene County Board of Elections. But the board ruled one of the cured, or changed, ballots invalid. County Election Commissioners Marie Metzler and Brent Bogardus said that the handwriting on one of the cured ballots did not match the signatures on the ballot envelope or the original registration. Schneider said, “I’m honored to have been elected by voters in the village of Tannersville to serve as the next mayor.... In the largest election turnout in well over a decade, I’m excited to continue engaging with our neighbors as we move our community forward. I’m ready to get to work and serve our community in a collaborative manner. We have a tremendous opportunity to ensure that basic services are maintained while supporting our residents, businesses and visitors. I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees as we map out Tannersville’s future together. I want to thank Lee McGunnigle for his years of service to Tannersville.” McGunnigle did not take the loss easily, and may appeal. “They refused to open one vote,” McGunnigle said. “There was one letter in the whole signature they didn’t like.” McGunnigle also mentioned voter intimidation at the polls as an issue in the results. “You’re not supposed to be harassed, you’re not supposed to be intimidated, you’re not supposed to film people at the election place,” McGunnigle said. McGunnigle was first elected mayor of Tannersville in 1994, served four terms, and, after a brief interruption, was elected again in 2007, and has been mayor until now. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.