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Election results

Mar 15, 2011 8:38 pm
Election results trickled in through the night, with incumbents winning in two of the Columbia and Greene villages with actual races, in Philmont and Tannersville, and a new party taking seats, including the mayoralty, in Chatham. Turnout was light.

Sixty-one folks voted in the Athens village election. Andrea Smallwood remains as Village Mayor with 51 votes unopposed. Trustee Robert June also kept his job, unopposed, with 52 votes. Newcomer Anthony Patsky got 50 votes, and replaces incumbent Democratic Trustee Tom Sopris, who declined to run. Owen Lipstein, who formerly published Inside/Out and ran the Stewart House, received one write-in vote.

In Catskill, The Daily Freeman reports unopposed Democratic Trustee Joseph Kozloski got 37 votes for his third three-year term on the Village Board, with Village Justice William Wootton, a Republican, receiving 36 votes for another two-year term on the bench. Both were cross-endorsed

In Chatham, the Columbia Paper reports that two new Chatham United Party candidates won the mayor's and a village trustee position in the biggest voting around the region, including 52 absentee ballots. Tom Curran beat out longtime Mayor Paul Boehme 423 to 231. Curran's running mate Joanne Delrossi defeated incumbent trustee Pat Wemitt 422 to 252. Incumbent Lael Lock kept her seat on the Village Board 324 votes. Large turnout was the result of the new party's long push ever since 2010's budgeting process saw Boehme and company propose a 12 percent spending hike, since whittled down to under 5 percent.

In Coxsackie, according to the Daily Mail, In Coxsackie, Mayor Mark Evans and Trustee Stephen Hanse retained their seats on the Village Board and first time Trustee Paul Sutton replaced Trustee Greg Backus, who did not seek his second full term. Evans got 132 votes, Hanse received 130 votes and Sutton got 135 votes. All are Republican.

In Hunter, The Daily Freeman reports Mayor William Maley won his third three-year term with 31 votes, while Richard Harty and Trustees Alan Higgins and Michael Tancredi each received a write-in vote for the mayor race.

In Kinderhook, according to John Mason of the Register-Star, trustees Robert Puckett and Dale Leiser won unopposed races for reelection with final tallies of 34 and 33 votes, respectively.

In Philmont, Francesca Olsen of the Register-Star reports, incumbent Mayor Clarence “Skip” Speed won another term with 190 votes to 89 for his opponent Brian Wheeler, who had tried to run on a "change" mantra. Unopposed trustees Larry Ostrander and Doug Cropper received 202 and 213 votes, respectively. There were no write-in votes.

In Tannersville, The Daily Mail's Jim Planck reports incumbent Mayor Lee McGunnigle beat Jason Dugo 109-58. In a three-way race for two seats on the board of trustees, incumbent Gregory Landers and newcomer Christopher Hack received 109 and 69 votes, respectively, and Jeremiah Dixon finished out of the running with 58 votes. The three challengers defeated the mayor to get hold of the village's Democrats party line in caucus earlier this winter. Their running mate, Christopher Hack, won a second trustee position up for grabs with a total 69 votes. Incumbent village Justice Noreen Valcich, whose name did not appear on the ballot, won reelection on a write-in candidacy that brought her 87 votes.

In Valatie, Mayor Gary Strevell and trustees Nancy Bryant and Philip Bickerton, all incumbents, won reelection with 56 votes for Strevell and Bruant and 60 for Bickerton, according to the Register-Star's John Mason.
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