Voters say no to ConCon, Bartlett re-elected, Palmateer takes District 3 seat
Matthew Hamilton is reporting in the Times Union New Yorkers resoundingly rejected the prospect of holding a constitutional convention in 2019. According to numbers reported by the state Board of Elections as of 1 a.m., Wed., Nov. 8, 78 percent of voters said no to the ballot question and just 16 percent said yes. In Greene County, that margin was much larger: nearly 86 percent voted no, and only 10 percent voted yes. In Columbia County, 82 percent said yes to the proposition, while 13 percent said no. The convention vote Tuesday was the third time the question has failed since 1977. Proposal 2, the amendment on Public Pension Forfeiture Reform, was approved by 65 percent of voters. The vote on Proposal 3, the amendment on the Forest Preserve Land Bank, was closer, passing 46 percent to 43 percent. In Columbia County, the ballot proposition to increase public library funding passed in Claverack and Hudson, but it was rejected by voters in Greenport. In the 3rd Judicial District race, Democrat Julian Schreibman appears to have bested Republican Peter Crummey. In Columbia County, incumbent Columbia County Sheriff Republican David Bartlett was elected to a second term, holding off challenger Democrat Peter Volkmann. And Democrat Cricket Coleman defeated former Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Republican Roy Brown in the county coroner race. Other notable local contests, included the special Greene County Legislature race for the District 3, Athens seat formerly held by Gene Hatton. On election night, Democrat Lee Palmateer was leading Republican Edward Bloomer, 589 to 566. Newcomer Jason Watts, was the top vote getter in the Cairo Town Board race, followed by incumbent Mary Jo Cords. Both Watts and Cords are Republicans. It looked like newcomer Kathleen Leck Eldridge would replace incumbent Ed Nabozny as Greenport's Town Supervisor, winning by nearly 100 votes on the machine. In Hudson, Democrat and former mayoral candidate Linda Mussmann appears to have unseated Columbia County Board of Supervisors Minority Leader William Hughes, in the Fourth Ward Supervisor race. Hughes, a registered Democrat, lost to Mussmann in the primary and was running on the Republican line. And longtime 5th Ward Alderman Robert "Doc" Donahue finished third in his race, bested by former city treasurer Eileen Halloran and Dominic Merante. Full election results are available on the WGXC Newsroom page at wgxc [dot] org.