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Board of Supes vote down Martin for election commissioner

Dec 13, 2019 12:55 am
Amanda Purcell reports for Columbia-Greene Media that the Columbia County Board of Supervisors voted down the appointment of Democrat Virginia Martin as county election commissioner. Martin has held the job for over a decade, but it took the county over a month to officially release results of this November's elections. Only Maria Lull of Chatham, Art Bassin of Ancram, and Peter Cipkowski of Hillsdale backed Martin's nomination for election commissioner. “I think that we as a board have no choice but to look at a full restructure at our board of elections based on the results of this last election,” Gallatin Town Supervisor John Reilly said. Martin beat eight other Democrats at a Nov. 25 meeting of the Columbia County Democratic Committee receiving 52.8 percent of the second-ballot vote against Erin Stamper's 47.1 percent. Now Democrats have until the end of the year to put up a new nomination. The Board of Supervisors have 30 days to approve the nomination after Democrats put forth a new name. Read more about this story at HudsonValley360.com.