Who’s on the Ballot?

Polls will be open on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To find your polling place in Dutchess, visit dutchesselections.com, and in Putnam, visit putnamboe.com.

If you live in Philipstown

Cold Spring Mayor
(village only)
Charles E. Hustis, III (OCS)
David E. Merandy (PP)

Cold Spring Trustee
(2 seats, village only)
Marie E. Early (PP)
Frances Murphy (BTB)
Margaret P. Parr (OCS)*

Philipstown Supervisor
Richard R. Shea (D, TP)

Philipstown Trustee (2 seats)
Judith A. Farrell (D, TP)
Robert Flaherty (D, C)
Corey Lyons (R, C, I)

Philipstown Highway Superintendent
Carl Frisenda (D, TP)

Philipstown Clerk
Tina M. Merando (R, C, I)
Tara K. Percacciolo (D, TP)

Philipstown Justice
Stephen G. Tomann (R, C, I)

Putnam County District Attorney
Robert V. Tendy (R, C, I, L)

Putnam County Judge
Camille S. Linson (D, L, SAM)
Joseph J. Spofford Jr. (R, C, I)

If you live in the Highlands

State Supreme Court Justice,
Ninth District

The ninth is one of 13 districts in New York State, which has 324 Supreme Court justices. It includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. There are five candidates, listed below with their current positions, for four seats. Justices serve 14-year terms.

Gina C. Capone (D, R, C, I)
Putnam Valley justice

Robert H. Freehill (R, C, I)
Orange County judge

Nancy Quinn Koba (D, SAM)
Ossining town judge

Lewis J. Lubell (D, R, C, I, SAM)
Westchester County judge

Steven L. Milligram (D, R, C, I)
Monroe town judge

If you live in Beacon

Beacon Mayor
Randy J. Casale (R, I)
Lee Kyriacou (D, WF, G)
Terry Hockler (write-in)

Beacon City Council, Ward 1
Terry Nelson (D, WF, G)

Beacon City Council, Ward 2
Air Rhodes (D, WF, G)

Beacon City Council, Ward 3
Andrew E. Gauzza IV (R, C, I)
Jodi McCredo (D, WF)

Beacon City Council, Ward 4
Dan Aymar-Blair (D, WF, G)
Kelly A. Ellenwood (I)

Beacon City Council,
At-Large (2 seats)
Amber Grant (D, WF)
George Mansfield (D, WF)
Estefano Rendon (R)*

Dutchess County Legislature, District 16 (Ward 1)
Theoni S. Salotto (R, C, I)
Frits Zernike (D, WF)

Dutchess County Legislature, District 18 (Wards 2, 3, 4)
Nick Page (D, WF, G)
Michael B. Justice (R, C)
Sandra Moneymaker (I)*

Dutchess County Executive
Marcus J. Molinaro (R, C, I)
Joe Ruggiero (D, WF)

Dutchess County Clerk
Kenya Gadsden (D, WF)
Bradford Kendall (R, C, I)

Dutchess County Sheriff
Adrian H. “Butch” Anderson (R, C, I)

Dutchess County District Attorney
Richard Berube (D, WF)
William V. Grady (R, C, I)

*suspended campaign

Party Key

BTB = Back to Basics
C = Conservative
D = Democratic
G= Green
I = Independence
L= Libertarian
R = Republican
OCS = One Cold Spring
PP = People’s Party
SAM = Serve America Movement
TP = Team Philipstown
WF = Working Families

Active Registered Voters, by Party

Why So Many Parties?

To qualify as a political party in New York State, an organization’s candidate for governor must get at least 50,000 votes in the preceding election. After the 2018 election, eight parties were recognized: Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Green, Libertarian, Independence and Serve America Movement. Parties that have not made the cut-off in the recent past include America First, Communist, Constitution, Freedom Restoration, Liberal, New York Labor, New York Right to Life, Reform (formerly Stop Common Core), School Choice, Socialist, Women’s Equality and Workers World.

Who created all these parties? Democrats and Republicans, mostly. Having a candidate’s name appear on multiple lines of the ballot is called “fusion voting,” and politicians believe it gets them more votes. (You may not think much of Democrats, but who can be against the candidate of a party devoted to working families?) Some have called for a law that would require politicians to pick one party, to reduce confusion at the ballot box.

Voter Deadlines

Saturday, Nov. 2

Early voting at the Putnam County Board of Elections, 25 Old Route 6, Carmel, will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting for Dutchess County at Fishkill Town Hall, 807 Route 52, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3

Early voting at the Putnam County Board of Elections will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting for Dutchess at Fishkill Town Hall will take place from noon to 5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 4

Last day to apply in person at Board of Elections for an absentee ballot and last day to postmark a mailed absentee ballot.

Learn More

For interviews with candidates from Cold Spring, Philipstown and Beacon, see highlandscurrent.org/election.

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