Category: Politics


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.

Fore more information, check out


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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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State and Local Primary Elections, Sep 13

Voters in New York, that are affiliated with a political party, have several primary races to vote for. These Primary Elections give voters the chance to select candidates for state and local level offices (Governor, State Senator, State Assembly, County Clerk, Town Justice, etc.).

Though elections are typically held on Tuesdays, this year’s primary election was moved to Thursday, September 13, after Cuomo signed a bill to move the date back two days. The previously announced date—September 11—would not only conflict with the end of Rosh Hashanah, but would also present a conflict for those who may be commemorating the 17th anniversary of 9/11.

State/Local primary election: Thursday, September 13

General election: Tuesday, November 6

Visit the Columbia County Board of Elections site (here) for locations.



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NY Special Election is Today, Apr 24, 2018

Voters in New York head to the polls today for a special election to fill vacant seats in the state senate and assembly. Although most of the attention is focused on two state senate races to our south (Westchester County, and the Bronx), Some Columbia County residents also have the opportunity to select a new Assembly Member.

The 107th Assembly District seat was left vacant after the resignation of Steven McLaughlin (R). McLaughlin resigned in January 2018 to become a Rensselaer County executive. Cynthia Doran (D) and Jacob Ashby (R) are facing off in the special election.

The 107th district includes Austerlitz, Canaan, Chatham, Hillsdale, Kinderhook, and New Lebanon.

Stockport and Stuyvesant, which are in the 102nd Assembly District will also select a new Assembly Member. This seat was left vacant after the resignation of Peter Lopez (R) in October 2017. Aidan O’Connor Jr. (D), Christopher Tague (R), and Wesley Laraway (Reform) are facing off in the special election.

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Polls open from 6am – 9pm

Visit the Columbia County Board of Elections site (here) for locations.



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Jeff McKinney is a Realtor in Columbia County, NY. Connect with him on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.

Columbia County Election Results 2017

If you are looking for official election results for every town in Columbia County, check out the Columbia County Board of Elections site by clicking here.

The site gives you a full breakdown of every vote cast for each candidate. Here’s an example of what you will find on the site:


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