Stanley is an easy winner; GOP takes over in Shandaken

By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican incumbent Shandaken Supervisor Rob Stanley won another two-year term in voting last Tuesday, and Republican Councilman Vinnie Bernstein was also re-elected.

Both are joined by Republican newcomer Alfie Higley, giving the GOP a sweep and maintaining the current state of affairs in Shandaken politics.

On election night the mood at Democratic headquarters in Phoenicia at The Arts Upstairs, a local art gallery, was upbeat until three of the four districts reported, indicating that the Republicans had won. Half an hour later Kathy Nolan, Democratic candidate for supervisor, appeared at Al’s Restaurant, the well-known Phoenicia eatery where the Republicans had set up shop, to congratulate her opponent.

“I hope you represent all the people in the Town of Shandaken,” she said, while shaking Stanley’s hand.

In unofficial results, Stanley got 681 votes to Nolan’s 360. Low key and clearly exhausted, Stanley said he was pleased.

“I want to thank the people of Shandaken for their continued support…and look forward to helping rebuild the economy of Shandaken and the vision of Shandaken.”

Higley, a political newcomer, was just glad that he won. “I’m just happy it is over,” he said. “I look forward to serving.”

In the town council races, Bernstein was the top vote getter with 600 votes. Higley got 514. Democrats Koegel and DiSclafani got 442 and 428 respectively.

In the race for town clerk, longtime clerk Laurie Frasier, a Republican, lost her re-election bid to Democrat Joyce Grant, with Grant getting 539 votes to Frasier’s 433. Lois LaPinski got 78 votes.
In the race for highway superintendent, incumbent Eric Hofmiester kept his job with 726 votes. Challenger Keith Johnson got 312 votes.

And the proposition to increase the town’s contribution to the Phoenicia Library budget by $11,000 passed by a vote of 577 to 298.