New faces on Hardenburgh ballot


Jay Braman Jr.
The reshuffling of legislative district boundaries in the New York State has left the tiny town of Hardenburgh without it’s longtime state representatives.

Democrat Kevin Cahill, who has been the 101st District Assembly representative for several terms, is now running unopposed in the redrawn 103rd District.

Hardenburgh voters now have two new candidates from which to choose to replace Cahill.
The Democrats have endorsed Daniel Carter to take the seat and the Republicans have endorsed Claudia Tenny. Tenny also appears on the Conservative and Independence lines on the ballot.
Tenny, current representative for the 105th Assembly District, this year was given the award for most conservative member of the New York State legislature by the state’s Conservative Party, is an attorney.

Carter is the Little Falls Democratic chairman and works as a machinist for Feldmeier Equipment. From 2000 through the present, Carter has served in numerous political positions, including Little Falls alderman, and Democratic Chairman. From 2008-2010 he served as a Herkimer County Legislator.

Also, longtime State Senator John Bonacic is gone due to redistricting.
Hardenburgh is now in the 51st Senate District, where Republican James Seward is facing Democrat Howard Leib.

Seward’s 51st Senate District is changing shape in January and will then include the towns of Shandaken in Ulster County and Middletown in Delaware County where Belleayre is located. The senator, who was first elected to the Senate in 1986 and is up for re-election this year, said that he asked for a chance to view the premises and discuss the challenges currently facing the ski center.
The senator, seeking a 14th term, describes himself as a strong supporter of financial underdogs like local fire departments, libraries and low-wealth school districts.

Leib is an entertainment lawyer and is also an educator, teaching college and graduate students, as well as students looking for a careers as paralegals. He is a union member and describes himself as one that opposes what he describes as the “Gerrymandering” that created the new boundaries for the 51st District. Leib wants to protect the area from fracking.

Also on the Hardenburgh ballot this year will be the position of Town Justice. Republican Tom Engel, a Republican, is unopposed.