Tuesday, November 6, 2012
By Freeman staff
Voters around the region will cast ballots today for federal, state, judicial, and local candidates for offices ranging from president of the United States to local town justice races.
Choices for federal office include Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney for the nation’s top office, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Republican Wendy Long of New York City. Also on the ballot in the Senate race are Green Party candidate Colia Clark, Libertarian candidate Chris Edes, and Common Sense candidate John Mangelli.
For the new 19th Congressional District seat, a new geographical area created when state and federal legislative lines were redrawn this year, voters will choose between Stone Ridge Democrat Julian Schreibman and U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook.
Several state Senate seats will also be decided around the region today, including a race for the 46th Senate District seat between state Assemblyman George Amedore, R-Rotterdam, and Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk, the Duanesburg school board vice president.
In the new 51st state Senate District, incumbent Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, is being challenged by Democrat Howard Leib of Dryden.
In the 41st state Senate District, incumbent state Sen. Stephan Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, will face challenges from fellow Republican Neil DiCarlo, a Brewster resident who is running on the Conservative line, and Democrat Terry Gipson of Rhinebeck.
In the 39th state Senate District, incumbent state Sen. William Larkin, R-Cornwall-on-Hudson, is being challenged by Democratic Orange County Legislator Christopher Eachus of New Windsor.
In the 42nd state Senate District, incumbent Republican state Sen. John Bonacic is running unopposed for his seventh term.
State Assembly races include a choice between 101st District candidates Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, and Democrat Daniel Carter of Little Falls.
In the new 102nd Assembly District, Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, is being challenged by Democrat James Miller of Albany.
In the 103rd Assembly District, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, is running unopposed.
In the 104th Assembly District, Assemblyman Frank Skartados, D-Milton, is challenged by Republican Christine Bello of Newburgh.
In the 106th Assembly District, Assemblywoman DiDi Barrett, D-Millbrook, is being challenged by Republican David Byrne of Milan.
State Supreme Court elections on local ballots include for the Third Judicial District, where voters will choose from among five candidates for two seats on state Supreme Court. Candidates include incumbent Republicans E. Michael Kavanagh and Bernard J. Malone Jr.; Democrats Richard Mott and Stephan Schick; and Working Families Party candidate Lawrence Weissmann.
Voters will also pick three candidates for the Ninth Judicial District from Republicans Noreen Calderin, Carl Chu, John LaCava; Democrats Gerald Loehr, Maria Rosa, and Sandra Sciortino; and Working Families candidate Rory Lancman.
Among local races, voters will consider making changes to Ulster County government’s charter, the document that governs the way county government operates.
The changes are a combination of those recommended by the Ulster County Charter Revision Commission and the county Legislature. Some changes are merely ministerial; others radically change the way county government functions.
Voters in the town of Saugerties will choose between Claudia Andreassen and Ken Gilligan for a four-year term as Saugerties town justice. The two will appear on the ballot with Lanny Walter, but he is not actively seeking election.
Also in Saugerties, voters will choose between incumbent Suzanne “Suzi” Filak, a Democrat, and Republican Cheryl DeForest for town tax collector.
In Dutchess County, voters in the 19th Legislative District will choose from among Republican David Sherman, Democrat Debra Blalock, and Conservative James Jeffreys to fill the one-year unexpired term of former Legislator Gary Cooper, who resigned.
In the town of Clinton, voters are being asked to cast a ballot for Colleen McGarry for tax collector.
Greene County legislative races include District 1, where seven candidates are vying for four at-large seats.
Republican incumbents Karen Deyo and Joseph Izzo will be joined on the ballot by Paul Brown, Linda Overbaugh, Joseph Kozloski, Kevin Lennon and Vincent Seeley. The top four vote-getters in Tuesday’s election will each serve a three-year term. Deyo, Izzo, Brown and Overbaugh will appear on the GOP and Conservative lines. Kozloski, Lennon and Seeley will appear on the Democratic and Independence lines. Kozloski also holds the Working Families line.
In District 3, Republican Eugene “Gene” Hatton is running unopposed for his first three-year term to represent the town of Athens on the county Legislature. Legislator Christian Pfister, D-Athens, chose not to seek re-election.
In District 7, Larry Gardner, D-Hunter, is seeking another three-year term without opposition.
In the town of Hunter, former Councilman Paul Solodar, a Republican, will face off against first-time candidate Anthony Coiro, who holds the Democratic Party line, for the unexpired one-year term on the Hunter Town Board, a seat being vacated by appointed Councilman Mark Rubinger.