Judge candidates await voting verdict


By Brian Sweeney
Absentee and affidavit ballots are being counted this week and will determine the winner in the race for Delaware County Judge.

Official results are not expected until early next week in the spirited race between incumbent Republican Carl Becker of Stamford and Democratic challenger Gary Rosa of New Kingston. When regular votes were tallied following the November 6 balloting, Mr. Becker held a 175-vote lead. Mr. Becker received 8,335 votes to 8,160 for Mr. Rosa.

Officials at the Delaware County Board of Elections began counting absentee ballots on November 13. More than 1,700 voters had requested absentee ballots and over 1,400 ballots had been returned as of Tuesday. Board of Elections officials will also tabulate more than 200 affidavit ballots from voters who encountered difficulty at the polls due to address discrepancies or similar matters.

The News will post the official results at catskillmountainnews.com when they become available.

In other local races, State Senator Jim Seward (51ST Senate District – including Hardenburgh, Middletown and Shandaken ) and Assemblyman Pete Lopez (102nd Assembly District – including Halcott, Middletown and Roxbury) easily won election in their new districts.
Republican Claudia Tenney handily won re-election in the new 101st Assembly District, which includes Andes, Bovina, Hardenburgh and Delhi.

Republican Chris Gibson easily won re-election in New York’s new 19th Congressional District, topping Democratic challenger Julian Schreibman by a 128,603-113,180 tally. This district includes all of Delaware, Greene and Ulster counties.

Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sounded defeated Republican challenger Mary Long.