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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 http://www.elections.ny.gov/ENR/NYSENRAccessible.html

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.

Fore more information, check out www.elections.ny.gov


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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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Final Days to Vote for Best Of Columbia County 2018

You only have a couple days left to vote for your favorite businesses in the Best of Columbia County competition.  Voting is open until May 31 at 6:01pm Eastern.

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, the Register-Star, and the Chatham Courier present The Best of Columbia County. This context allows county residents, and visitors to make their voices heard in deciding the best of the best in a broad field of over 85 categories–including best bar, best burger, best plumber, best florist, and best Real Estate Company. Winners will be announced during an Academy Award style show, held at the Columbia County fairgrounds in Chatham on June 22.

You have to vote in at least 10 categories to enter. All you need to vote is an email address. Here’s my shameless plug – Beach & Bartolo Realtors has won Best Realtor for the past two years, and we would love to win again.


or visit www.hudsonvalley360.com/bocc?wallit_nosession=1   



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