Category: Politics

Early Voting Available in Columbia County for 2019 Elections

Early voting begins this year in Columbia and Greene Counties. Columbia County will have three early voting sites, and Greene County will have one.

Columbia County’s polling sites will be at the Columbia County Board of Elections Office in Hudson; the MH Glynn Municipal Building in Valatie; and Copake Town Hall in Copake. Voters may select any of the three sites to vote at. If you choose to vote early, you will not be eligible to vote on Election Day (Nov 5).

“Voting will be exactly as it always has been on Election Day — on a paper ballot that the voter will vote and then scan into a voting machine,” said Virginia Martin, Democratic commissioner of the Columbia County Board of Elections. “Sign-in will be a little different. To accommodate the flexibility that voters have, we will be signing voters in on new electronic poll books, which are special tablets that have been programmed with the voter rolls.”

Columbia County Board of Elections Republican Commissioner Jason Nastke said, “I think this gives voters a greater chance to participate in the democratic process by opening up the amount of hours available to them to cast their vote,” Nastke said. “Last year, 18% of the vote in Columbia County was cast by absentee ballot. I think early voting should cut down on that significantly.”

Early voting will be open to anyone who is registered to vote. Just show up at the location, and then you will follow the same procedures as usual. Absentee voting will still be available.

For the November election, voting will begin October 26 and will run through November 3. On Monday, Nov. 4, there will be no early voting, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the usual polling sites.

Columbia County Board of Elections Office
401 State St., Hudson, NY 12534

MH Glynn Municipal Building
3211 Church St., Valatie NY 12184

Copake Town Hall
230 Mountain View Rd., Copake NY 12516

In Greene County, there will be one early polling site, at the county building, 411 Main St., Suite 430, Catskill.


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Four Columbia County Villages Holding Elections Tomorrow

The four villages in the Columbia County will hold elections for village trustees and mayors on Tuesday, March 19. There are candidates for all the open positions but the only competitive races are in Chatham and Philmont.

In Chatham three people are running for two open trustee seats with 2-year terms, and two people are running for a 1-year trustee seat. In Philmont, a former town supervisor is challenging the incumbent mayor; the village also has three people running for two trustee seats.

In the Villages of Kinderhook and Valatie incumbents are running unopposed. The ballots have space for write-in candidates.

Village elections are non-partisan. Candidates do not run on national party lines but instead are listed on ballot lines with local names.

The polls are open from noon until 9 p.m. in all four villages. You must be a resident of the Village in order to vote in Village elections.

John Howe is the only candidate on the ballot for mayor.
For the Village Board, current trustee Peter Minahan, who was appointed to his seat to fill a vacancy, is running for one of the two 2-year seats; Jaimee Boehme and Jodie Russell each are also seeking 2-year terms. Melony Spock and Joseph Cerami will both be on the ballot for the available 1-year term as trustee.

Elections will be held at the Tracy Memorial Building, 77 Main Street, Chatham, from noon to 9 p.m.

Current Village Board members David Flaherty and Dale R. Leiser are running for the two trustee seats. Both seats are 2-year terms.
The polls will be open between the hours of noon and 9 p.m. in the Village Hall, 6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook.

Current Mayor Clarence “Skip” Speed is running against former Town Supervisor Robin Andrews for a 2-year term as mayor.
There are three candidates on the ballot for two trustee seats: incumbents Douglas Cropper and Larry Ostrander, and Heath Iverson. Both of the seats are for 2-year terms.
The polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. in the Village Hall, 124 Main Street, Philmont.

Current Mayor Diane Argyle and incumbent trustees Frank Bevens and Larry Eleby are all running for reelection for 2-year terms in the positions they now hold.
Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. in the Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building, Church Street, Valatie.

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2018 Election Results for Columbia County

Following are NY state and local election results from the 2018 Midterm Elections. An X-indicates projected winner. If there is no X next to any candidate’s name, not all election districts are reporting or the race is too close to call.

For a more detailed breakdown of the results, check out

x Andrew M. Cuomo / Kathy C. Hochul: 3,137,721 votes
Marc Molinaro / Julie Killian: 1,945,466 votes
Howie Hawkins / Jia Lee: 89,914 votes
Larry Sharpe / Andrew C. Hollister: 86,374 votes
Stephanie A. Miner / Michael J. Volpe: 47,945 votes

x Letitia A. James: 3,241,411 votes
Keith Wofford: 1,861,096 votes
Michael Sussman: 62,591 votes
Nancy B. Sliwa: 22,613 votes
Christopher B. Garvey: 38,824 votes

x Thomas P. DiNapoli: 3,494,473 votes
Jonathan Trichter: 1,663,235 votes
Mark Dunlea: 60,597 votes
Cruger E. Gallaudet: 30,449 votes

x Antonio Delgado: 132,001 votes
John Faso: 124,408 votes
Steven Greenfield: 4,037votes
Diane Neal: 2,619 votes

x Kirsten Gillibrand: 3,501,768 votes
Chele Chiavacci Farley: 1,761,213 votes

Aaron W. Gladd: 32,654 votes
x Daphne V. Jordan: 39,392 votes

Aidan S. O’Connor Jr.: 20,858 votes
x Christopher Tague: 28,053 votes

x Didi Barrett: 25,547 votes
William G. Truitt: 21,932 votes

Jacob C. Ashby: 27,514 votes
Tistrya G. Houghtling: 25,903 votes

Vote for 1
Carmen R. Martino: 11,584 votes
Bernadette M. Powis: 12,883 votes

x Michael R. Blasl: 15,195 votes


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You probably don’t need a reminder that today is election day, but here are some helpful tips for New York voters.

• Polls are open 6 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

• If you’ve voted in New York before, you don’t need to provide ID to vote in person.

• If you’re voting for the first time in New York, submitted your registration by mail, and didn’t provide a copy of your New York driver’s license, state ID card, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you may need to show one of these documents when you vote in person on Election Day.

• To find your polling location, just google “where do I vote”.

To see what will be on your ballot, Ballotpedia, a nonprofit encyclopedia written by a staff of researchers and writers, contains a wealth of information and maintains a sample ballot lookup.

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ECLECTIMANIAC Events – The October 2018 Show

This is the place to get more info on the events we discussed on the ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show for October 17, 2018.

FilmColumbia 2018

Hosted by The Crandell Theatre, FilmColumbia is an annual eight-day festival of world-class films representing major studios, independents, international films, animated features, documentaries and children’s short films. In addition to screening approximately 50 films, the festival also features panels, Q&A sessions with filmmakers and screenwriting workshops.

Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 28, 2018
Movies are screened throughout the days and evenings.
For the full schedule, Click Here to visit

$11 – $17 per movie
Gold Pass: Access to all films and events, except Brian Cox honoring party – $275 for non-members/$220 members
All Film Pass (Access to films only, does not include events) – $250 for non-members/$200 members

Sat, 10:30 am, Crandell Theater – Children’s International Film Program – Free

Movies are shown in three locations in Chatham Village:
The Crandall Theater (48 Main Street)
Tracy Memorial Village Hall (77 Main Street)
Morris Memorial (center of Park Row)

Hudson Valley Votes Concert & Rally

With the crucial mid-term elections on November 6th, a group of concerned citizens has banded together with local and nationally recognized artists to present an evening of music, performance and activism.

Internationally acclaimed musician Natalie Merchant headlines and serves as Artistic Director for HUDSON VALLEY VOTES on Saturday, October 20th at UPAC. The impressive line-up of Hudson Valley based musicians and actors performing include: Aaron Dessner of The National, singer-songwriter Dar Williams, actress and filmmaker Mary Stuart Masterson, actors Paul Rudd and Lili Taylor, activist and author Eve Ensler and many more. Progressive Democratic candidates and elected officials will join artists on stage, including NY19 Candidate Antonio Delgado.

Saturday, October 20 2018:  7pm

$36 Adult/senior
$31 Student /Children under 12
$26 Groups of 5 or more

Visit to purchase.

Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC)
601 Broadway,
Kingston, NY 12401


Basilica Hudson’s Biennial Pioneering People Honors Courtney Love

Basilica Hudson’s biennial Pioneering People fundraiser celebrates groundbreaking artists, and this year’s event will celebrate the achievements and legacy of musician, songwriter, actor, and performer – Courtney Love.

Creative directed and produced by Basilica Hudson’s Co-Founder and Director Melissa Auf der Maur (former bassist of Courtney Love’s GRAMMY-nominated, certified multi-platinum, award-winning band Hole) and artist Joe Mama-Nitzberg, who was Creative Director of Hole’s Celebrity Skin and is a longtime creative collaborator and comrade of both Love and Auf der Maur, the event will be hosted by a group of creative luminaries and friends, including Aaron Dessner, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, Natasha Lyonne, Ryan McGinley, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Elvis Perkins, Chloë Sevigny, Michael Stipe, Justin Vivian Bond, Kenny Mellman, Brandon Stosuy, Yelena Yemchuk, Jack Walls, and other special guests.

Courtney Love will be in attendance as the honored guest. Love and special guests will be featured in conversations, readings, and performances. The evening’s program will shine a light on all of the ways that Love has influenced culture and inspired women and marginalized people for almost three decades. An exciting lineup of contributors will illuminate the impact of Love’s vital and inspiring art and energy and the inspiration her work continues to instil in the next generation of artists and musicians. The evening’s performances will demonstrate the incredible power and the lasting legacy of Love’s iconic explorations and subversions of femininity, and honor her unapologetic, fearless protest of the patriarchy.

Pioneering People will feature a private benefit dinner followed by the public performance.

Saturday, October 27, 2018: 7pm to 11pm

General Admission – $75.00
Student/Senior/12534 resident – $60.00
Special Seating  (1st 10 rows) – $175.00
Preferred Seating + Gift Bag – $250.00

Tickets to the public performance can be purchased here. For information, tickets and table purchases for the private benefit dinner, contact Jasmine Dreame Wagner, Development Manager at

Basilica Hudson
110 S. Front St.,
Hudson, NY 12534




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