Primary Day Around The Corner on Sept. 13

Primary elections will be held on Sept. 13. For those outside of the county that day, absentee ballots can be obtained by calling the Board of Elections at 845-360-6500, visiting their website (orangecountygov.com/elections), or in person at their office at 75 Webster Ave. in Goshen between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The board’s office will be open for extended absentee balloting on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Here’s what to expect on the ballot:

State Senate challenger Christopher Eachus is solo on the Working Families Party line in Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, New Windsor, City of Newburgh, and the Town of Newburgh, among other locations. Eachus is taking on incumbent Republican state Sen. William Larkin in the general election in November. There will be a write-in space for the Women’s Equality Party for the state senator seat in the same locations.

Robert Freehill and Steven Brockett will be on the ballot for county judge on the Green Party ticket in Blooming Grove, Chester, Cornwall, Hamptonburgh, New Windsor, both the city and town of Newburgh, and elsewhere.

Blooming Grove:

Philip Canterino and James O’Donnell will be on the ballot for the Conservative, Independence (District 2), and Republican (District 2) line for an Orange County Legislator seat.

Cornwall:

Michael O’Connor and Lynn A. Beesecker will vie for the Conservative and Independence lines for town justice.

City of Newburgh: Dorcas Brown, Joseph Fogarty, Yvonne Garriques, and Jason Alfred will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Hilary Rayford, Roxie Royal, Daniella Jones, and Benilda Armstead-Jones will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Charline Boyle, Mark Carnes, and Zina Woody will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Three. Voters can pick two candidates.

Jerry Maldonado, Luis Fonseca, and Gay Lee will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s First Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Nancy Colas, Kevindaryan Lujan, Ramona Monteverde, and Nadene Speer will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Second Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Lillian Burgarelli, Jason Muller, Jonathan Jacobson, and William Hernandez will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Third Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Judith Kennedy, Mary Phillips, Mary Keller, and William Keller will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Owen Fraser, Deborah Danzy, and Tamle Hollins will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Three. Voters can pick two candidates.

Regina Angelo, Lori Angelo, Robert Sklarz, and Roberto Orduna will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Third Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Karen McCarthy, Mary Korchinsky, Jeffrey Gardiner will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Fourth Ward, District One. Voters can pick two candidates.

Patricia Sofokles, Candace Nicholas, and Lisa Dally will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee for the city’s Fourth Ward, District Two. Voters can pick two candidates.

Cindy Holmes, Anissa Williams, Gabrielle Hill, and Yvondra Sims-Bruce will compete to be a member of the Orange County Democratic Committee in the city’s Fourth Ward, District Four. Voters can pick two candidates.

Donald Trump To Make NYMA Stop

By Mark Gerlach

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s helicopter is slated to land at the New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson on Sunday, April 17 before he heads to a rally at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, Republican officials confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Trump is expected to arrive around 6 p.m. The NYMA visit isn’t a rally. Trump is expected to land, say a quick hello and then head to Poughkeepsie where he is reportedly set to take the stage around 7 p.m.

Donald Trump’s NYMA stop is said to be a private, invitation-only event, according to Cornwall Police Chief Todd Hazard.

“It’s a brief stop, not a rally,” said Orange County Republican Chairwoman Courtney Greene.

“I’m excited to have presidential candidate Donald Trump stop in Orange County,” Greene said. “It’s an exciting year for the country, and we’re so happy to have New York State be a big part of this election.”

NYMA is Trump’s alma mater. He graduated in 1964, and received an Alumni of Distinction award from the school in 1998. NYMA is located at 78 Academy Ave.

Trump has a “nostalgic feeling” for the area, as well as local ties, Cornwall Republican Chairwoman Jeanne LaBarge said.

“It’s magnificent that he wants to stop by and say ‘hello,'” LaBarge said. “It’s a nice gesture. He definitely feels some connection to this area.”

The New York presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Voters must be registered as either a Democrat or Republican in order to vote in their respective party (e.g., registered Democrats can only vote in the Democratic primary). The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Election Results

XX Wash. Election
Newly-elected Washingtonville trustees Joseph Bucco and Thomas DeVinko. (photo provided)

Village of Washingtonville

Two council seats:

*Joseph Bucco 398

*Thomas DeVinko 298

Joseph Galante 242

Lawrence Bowman 220

Judge:

*Joseph McKay 425

Of a village population of approximately 7,000 residents, about 600 voted.

Village of South Blooming Grove

Mayor:

*Robert Jeroloman 288

Two council seats:

*James Mullany 278

*James LoFranco 277

Of a village population of approximately 2,000 residents, about 300 people voted.

Cornwall-on-Hudson

Two council seats:

Incumbent Trustee James Kane received 79 votes.

Incumbent Trustee Kenneth Schmidt received 77 votes.

Complete Unofficial Election Results

The Democratic headquarters for mayoral candidate Jonathan Jacobson, and city council candidates Torrance Harvey and Hillary Rayford, was quiet Tuesday at around 5 p.m. Jacobson went on to lose the election to incumbent Judy Kennedy. Harvey and Rayford won council seats. (photo by Mark Gerlach)
The Democratic headquarters for mayoral candidate Jonathan Jacobson, and city council candidates Torrance Harvey and Hillary Rayford, was quiet Tuesday at around 5 p.m. Jacobson went on to lose the election to incumbent Judy Kennedy. Harvey and Rayford won council seats. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

Blooming Grove 

Incumbent Democrat Robert Fromaget (1,110 votes) has won reelection. Republican contender Kathy Wells-Calhoun  received 980 votes and Brandon Nielsen, running on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, received 633 votes.

Mark Levy (1,506 votes) and George Kydon (1,434 votes) won council seats. Both Levy and Kydon ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. Democratic and Working Families Party challengers Janette McKay and Sonia Ayala received 1,041 and 1,049 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Town Clerk Darlena Decker-Geyer (Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform) received 1,706 votes beating out Democratic and Working Families Party contender for the position, Jessica Ann Sutton, who received 967 votes.

John Dolson (1,606 votes) took the highway superintendent position, knocking out Ralph Bisquert who received 1,061 votes on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines. Dolson ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

Town Of Chester

Running unopposed for supervisor Alexander Jamieson, running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, received 1,354 votes.

Claude Brischoux (1,174 votes) and Cindy Smith (1,099 votes) won seats on the Chester Town Board. Democrat Vincent Finizia received 666 votes.

Unopposed for town clerk, Linda Zappala (Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform), received a total of 1,378 votes.

Anthony LaSpina received 1,432 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines for Chester highway superintendent.

Village Of Chester

John Tom Bell ran unopposed in the election for Village of Chester mayor on the Freedom Party line and received 302 votes.

Betty-Jo Bono received 274 votes for trustee on the Freedom Party lines. About 100 write-in votes were cast.

City Of Newburgh 

Incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy (1,174 votes) won the City of Newburgh mayoral election against Democratic contender Jonathan Jacobson (990 votes). Kennedy ran on the Independence line. Republican John Guidice (Republican, Conservative and Reform) came in last with 290 votes.

Democrats Torrance Harvey (1,233 votes) and Hillary Rayford (1,237 votes) won council seats. Christine Bello (Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform) received 1,030 votes followed by John Penney (Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform) with 889 votes.

Town Of Cornwall 

Democrat Richard Randazzo, who also ran on the Protect Cornwall lines, received 1,492 votes and won the Cornwall town supervisor election, beating out incumbent Randy Clark (984 votes). Clark ran on the Republican, Independence and Reform lines.

Democratic and Protect Cornwall candidate Michael Summerfield (1,206 votes) and Republican, Conservative and Reform candidate Kerry McGuinness (1,198 votes) won council seats. Peter Erwin received 1,152 votes on the Democratic and Protect Cornwall lines, followed by James McGee who received 1,132 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

Running unopposed for town clerk, Renata McGee received a total of 1,805 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

Unopposed on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, Francis Navarra received a total of 1,854 votes for town justice.

MaryAnne O’Dell received a total of 1,849 votes on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines for receiver of taxes.

Town Of Hamptonburgh

Running unopposed, incumbent Supervisor Robert Jankowski (Republican, Reform) received 379 total votes.

Two seats on the Hamptonburgh Town Board went to Gregory Willems (377 votes) and Marcus Horrego (360 votes). Both ran on the Republican and Reform lines.

Also unopposed, Town Clerk Christine Durante received a total of 388 votes on the Republican and Reform lines.

Richard Golden, unopposed, received 381 votes on the Republican and Reform lines.

James Cawein Sr. received 381 votes on the Republican and Reform lines for highway superintendent.

Town Of Monroe 

Unopposed on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines Town Clerk Mary Ellen Beams received 10,268 votes.

Two council seats went to Anthony Cardone (8,352 votes) and Michael McGinn (8,306 votes) on the Republican and United Monroe lines. Democrat, Working Families Party and Independence candidate Daniel Burke received (4,342 votes) and Independence candidate Dennis McWatters received 161 votes.

Democrat Steven Milligram received 7,955 votes for town justice, winning the seat against Christopher Napolitano (2,785 votes) who ran on the Republican and Reform lines.

Mary Ellen Beams received 10,268 votes for Monroe town clerk on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

John Scherne received 7,690 votes on the Democratic, Working Families Party and Independence lines for highway superintendent, knocking out John Karl, who received 2,947 votes on the Republican and Conservative lines.

New Windsor 

Incumbent Supervisor George Green (1,938 votes), running on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, won reelection beating out challenger Richard Ostner (1,477 votes), who ran on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines.

Patricia Mullarkey (1,943 votes) and Eric Lundstrom (1,788 votes) won council seats. Both ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines. Democratic and Working Families Party candidates Kelly Allegra and Kirk Williams received 1,450 votes and 1,327 votes, respectively.

Incumbent Town Clerk Deborah Green received a total of 2,448 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

Anthony Fayo, the unopposed incumbent for highway superintendent, received 2,486 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

Town Of Newburgh

Running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, incumbent Supervisor Gil Piaquadio received 1,762 votes.

Two unopposed town council candidates on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines won vacant council seats: James Presutti (1,725 votes) and Scott Manley (1,722 votes).

Incumbent Town Clerk Andrew Zarutskie received a total of 1,680 votes on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Incumbent Town Justice Richard Clarino received a total of 1,740 votes on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform lines.

State Supreme Court Justice 9th Judicial District

Gretchen Walsh (Democratic, Independence) received 23,205 votes, followed by Montgomery Delaney (Republican, Conservative and Reform) with 22,775 votes.

County Court Judge

Unopposed Craig Brown (Republican, Conservative, Green, Independence, Reform) received 37,187 votes.

Family Court Judge

The two family court judge spots went to Lori Currier-Woods (Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform) with 30,169 votes and Victoria Campbell (Republican, Conservative and Reform) with 25,020 votes. Trailing were Christine Stage (Democratic, Green, Working Families and Independence) and Maria Patrizio (Democratic, Green and Working Families Party).

Mayoral, City Council Candidates Duke It Out

Incumbent mayoral candidate Judy Kennedy (left) and Democratic candidate Jonathan Jacobson. Kennedy is running on the Independence line. Republican candidate John Giudice didn't attend the debate. (photo by Mark Gerlach)
Incumbent mayoral candidate Judy Kennedy (left) and Democratic candidate Jonathan Jacobson. Kennedy is running on the Independence line. Republican candidate John Giudice didn’t attend the debate. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

By Mark Gerlach

CITY OF NEWBURGH – Spectators crammed into the Newburgh Free Library auditorium on Grand Street to watch city council and mayoral candidates debate various issues, from economic development to public safety, Wednesday night.

Three city council candidates were featured in the first round – Republicans John Penney and Christine Bello, as well as Democratic candidate Torrance Harvey. The other Democratic candidate, Hillary Rayford, was unable to attend the event.

Edward Lawson, who served on the Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education, moderated the debate.

For the complete story see the October 23 edition of The Sentinel. 

UPDATE: Primary Election Results

Seen here is incumbent City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy who cast her vote Thursday afternoon at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District administration building, located at 124 Grand St. (photo by Mark Gerlach)
Seen here is incumbent City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy who cast her vote Thursday afternoon at the Newburgh Enlarged City School District administration building, located at 124 Grand St. (photo by Mark Gerlach)

Unofficial 2015 Primary Results  

City of Newburgh

Democratic mayoral hopeful Jonathan Jacobson (553 votes, 45.59 percent) knocked incumbent Mayor Judy Kennedy (464 votes, 38.25 percent) out of the mayoral race. Omari Shakur picked up 179 votes, or about 14.76 percent of the vote.

Torrance Harvey (635 votes, 28.42 percent) and Hillary Rayford (633 votes, 28.33 percent) won the Democratic primary for two council seats. Runners up included: Fernando Cardona (379 votes, 16.97 percent); incumbent Cedric Brown (330 votes, 14.77 percent); Sheila Murphy (252 votes, 11.28 percent).

On the Independence line, former councilwoman Christine Bello had 46.34 percent of the votes with a total of 19 votes, followed by John Penney with 24.39 percent of the vote with 10 votes. Twelve write-in votes were reported. Two council seats are up for grabs. The candidates, who are also both registered as Republicans, will now face off against the Democrats in the general election.

Blooming Grove

Incumbent Supervisor Robert Fromaget (186 votes, 70.45 percent) knocked challenger Lawrence Delarose (77 votes, 29.17 percent) out of the supervisor race on the Democratic side.

On the Conservative line, challenger Kathy Wells-Calhoun received 21 votes, or 44.68 percent. Twenty-six write-in votes were reported, or 55.32 percent, on the Conservative ticket. Wells-Calhoun is also running on the Republican line in the general election.

Brandon Nielsen received 25 votes on the Independence line for supervisor, or 56.82 percent of the vote. Nineteen write-in votes were reported, or 43.18 percent of the vote, on the Independence line.

Mark Levy (30 votes, 44.12 percent) and George Kydon (21 votes, 30.88 percent) appeared on the Independence line for Blooming Grove council seats. Seventeen write-in votes were reported on the Independence council ticket. Both Levy and Kydon will also appear on the Republican line and face off against Democrats Sonia Ayala and Janette McKay for the two vacant council seats.

Incumbent Town Clerk Darlena Decker-Geyer received 79.49 percent of the vote (31 votes) on the Independence line. Eight write-in votes, or 20.51 percent, were reported. Decker-Geyer, also on the Republican line, is vying for the town clerk spot against Democrat Ralph Bisquert in the general election.

John Dolson received 28 votes (73.68) on the Independence line for Blooming Grove superintendent of highways. Ten write-in votes (26.32 percent) were reported.

Arthur Jefferies had 19 votes (48.72 percent) and Wayne Kirkpatrick had 17 votes (43.59 percent) in the race for two seats on the county’s Blooming Grove Republican Committee. Samuel Dellasala Jr. had three votes (7.69 percent) and 0 write-in votes were reported.

New Windsor   

Longtime Republican supervisor George Green received 42 votes (71.19 percent) on the Conservative line and 48 votes (66.67 percent) on the Independence line. Write-ins included 17 votes (28.81 percent) and 24 (33.33 percent) on the Conservative and Independence lines, respectively.

Incumbent New Windsor Councilman Eric Lundstrom received 37 votes (34.58 percent) and 36 votes (30.77) on the Conservative and Independence lines for a town council seat, respectively. Incumbent New Windsor Councilwoman Patricia Mullarkey received 37 votes (34.58 percent) and 43 votes (36.75) on the Conservative and Independence lines, respectively. Write-in votes included 33 on the Conservative line and 38 on the Independence line.

The Republicans will go head-to-head with Democratic supervisor candidate Richard Ostner and council candidates Kelly Allegra and Kirk Williams in the general election. 

Cornwall

Elizabeth Braccia had 5 votes (62.50 percent) and Daniel Braccia had 3 votes (37.50 percent) for two seats on the county’s Cornwall Republican Committee. Arthur Abbott had 0 votes, and 0 write-in votes were cast.

Town of Newburgh

Anthony Zambrotta had 36 votes (37.89 percent) and Peter Calvano received 31 votes (32.63 percent) for two seats on the town’s Republican committee. Colleen Butler had 20 votes (21.05 percent) and Marvin Mickle had 8 votes (8.42 percent). Zero write-in votes were reported.