Shandaken power shifts to Republicans
By Jay Braman Jr.
Republican challenger Rob Stanley bested Democratic incumbent Peter DiSclafani in last week’s election, and with the win secured by fellow Republican Jack Jordan, who will take a town council seat come January, there will no longer be a Democratic majority on the town board.
Both will take seats alongside Conservative Vincent Bernstein, who ran and won on the Republican ticket two years ago.
Balancing the town council will be incumbent Democrats Doris Bartlett, who won a definitive second term in office last Tuesday night, and fellow Democrat Tim Malloy.
The rest of the town’s key offices up for election this year, though, went to Democrats, barring a big re-election win for Justice Tom Crucet, a Republican who won easy re-election alongside Democrat incumbent Michael Miranda.
Rounding out the election picture this year were wins for Democratic highway superintendent candidate Eric Hofmeister, the incumbent, over GOP candidate Keith Johnson; as well as for Democratic assessor candidates Peter DiModica and Carol Seitz.
Last Tuesday night, Stanley won a total of 588 votes to DiSclafani’s 519. For town council, Jordan had 509 votes to 503 for Bartlett, 389 for GOP candidate Pat Ellison, 384 for Democrat Barbara Redfield, and 300 for independent candidate Randy Ostrander.
For highway superintendent, incumbent Eric Hofmeister won 676 to 451 for Republican Challenger Keith Johnson.
For town justice, Crucet won 673 votes to 572 for Miranda, 442 for GOP candidate Charles Frasier, and 408 for Democrat Amy Brown.
In the assessor races, DiModica won 545 votes to 407 for Republican John Horn, while Seitz won 521 to 397 for the GOP’s Joanne Kalb.
It came down to a recount for the remaining seat on the Middletown Town Council and the position of the Bovina Superintendent of Highways in last week’s local election.
Initial numbers showed incumbent Michael Finberg winning another term on the Middletown board, while Democratic candidate John Bernhardt and Republican Jacob Rosa tied for the remaining seat with 387 votes apiece. Following a count of the absentee ballots on Monday, Finberg retained his seat with a total of 488 votes, while Rosa edged out Bernhardt for the second seat with 407 votes to Bernhardt’s 401.
Incumbent Bovina Highway Superintendent Robert C. Burgin, a Republican, narrowly defeated Democratic challenger Ed Weber by a count of 137 to 117 to retain his post.