Murphy in Greene County Monday

Congressman Scott Murphy (NY-20) will visit several Greene County fire stations, present a USDA infrastructure grant to the Town of Ashland, and host a town meeting in Windham on Monday, May 10. Details:

  • Murphy at Prattsville Hose Company, Main Sreet, Prattsville, 11:15 a.m.
  • Congressman Murphy and USDA officials to present a grant to Ashland for improved water and sewer systems at Ashland Town Hall, 12094 Route 23 Ashland, noon.
  • Rep. Murphy hosts town meeting at Windham Center Church, Windham, 12:45 p.m.
  • Murphy tours the Leeds Hose Company, Route 23 B, Leeds, 2:15 p.m.
  • Murphy tours Athens Volunteer Fire Department, Third St., Athens, 3 p.m.
  • All events are free and open to the public. Murphy faces Republican Chris Gibson in an election this fall.

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    Greene County Arts Council funds cultural institutions

    Greene County Council on the Arts awarded 11 County Initiative Program awards: Bronck Museum of the Greene County Historical Society was awarded $2,200 to continue, expand and promote cultural, educational, and arts programming, including Music of History series, Heritage Craft Fair and Chilly Willy Tours; Catskill Mountain Foundation, Inc. was awarded $2,650 toward artist fees and related costs for year-round performing arts series, which includes dance, theater, classical music, pop music and family performances; free103point9 was awarded $1,200 for support of the online portion of WGXC (at the time of the application known as Greene/Columbia community radio station project); Greene Room Players was awarded $1,800 in support for 2010 community theater productions plus the Reel Teens film program; Horton by the Stream in Elka Park was awarded $1,000 toward artist fees for production of the 2010 season of free summer professional staged readings of plays, primarily by Horton Foote; Irish American Heritage Museum was awarded $500 for year two of the exhibit “The Irish in Battle” at the museum in East Durham; Music & Art Centre of Greene County was awarded $2,500 toward the 2010 season of summer concerts, Classical music series and Ukrainian folk arts workshops at the Grazhda in Jewett Center; Planet Arts was awarded $1,500 toward support for the 2010 Jazzone2one Series to be held at the Athens Cultural Center in Athens; Thomas Cole National Historic Site – Cedar Grove in Catskill was awarded $2,650 in support for the 2010 exhibition: “Remember the Ladies;” Windham Chamber Music Festival was awarded $2,500 in support of its 2010 concert series in Windham; Zadock Pratt Museum was awarded $2,000 in support for its 2010 season of programs and projects.

    Stream management program funds awarded

    Michael Ryan in the Windham Journal writes:

    Thousands of dollars were handed out when the Schoharie Watershed Advisory Council awarded its second round of Stream Management Program funds, last week, during a meeting at the Windham Country Club. SWAC members awarded $77,627 to seven entities in Greene and Delaware counties for projects aimed at preserving water quality in the New York City reservoir system and increasing awareness of watershed related issues. All of the funds are provided by the Department of Environmental Protection, which has set aside $2 million to be distributed over a 5-year period, with two years having passed on the contract, administered by the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District. [Greene County] Funds were allocated in round two as follows:

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: The Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville, $6,810, with a $750 In-kind contribution to create landscape design plans for a Wooded Walk outdoor classroom, accommodating approximately 45 people. The natural amphitheater will offer year-round outdoor programming on ecological and natural history topics relating to the watershed such as wetland plants, insect and wildlife along riparian areas, birding, stream health and leaf pack workshops to learn about geology.

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: Greene County Cornell Cooperative Extension, $1,884 with a $498 In-kind contribution to set up a rain barrel workshop that will be held at the Sugar Maples Arts Center in Maplecrest. The hands-on workshop will take place during Schoharie Watershed Week, May 17-23, 2010, providing materials and instruction for approximately ten families, teaching them to construct a rain barrel for home use. While the rain barrels will be fun to build, they will also be functional. The workshop will also introduce participants to methods of stormwater control, non-point pollution prevention and conservation of water resources in a residential setting.

    —EDUCATION AND OUTREACH: the SWAC Education and Outreach Committee, $5,100 with an In-kind contribution of $4,125 to conduct a series of events, activities and workshops for people of all ages during Schoharie Watershed Week, taking place throughout the region. On tap will be a watershed-related film series (at the Hunter Theater in the town of Hunter), fly-fishing demonstrations, downspout disconnect programs, an Adopt-A-Stream clean up, a watershed scavenger hunt and kayak and canoe demonstrations.

    —RECREATION/HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS: the Town of Windham, $15,000 with an In-kind contribution of $6,536 (and a potential to raise more in community contributions) to be used toward the creation of a multi-use, non-motorized trail on the Batavia Kill. The 1.1 mile loop trail will be built on a 68-acre parcel owned by the town at the former Police Anchor Camp, along Route 23, on the eastern outskirts of the hamlet district, allowing for improved access to the popular fishing stream. Bridge and boardwalk materials are needed to cross over a wetland and a tributary. A trail committee of local residents and business owners is planning the Windham Path with assistance from the Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District.

    –PLANNING & ASSESSMENT: the Town of Hunter, $35,000 with an In-kind contribution of $5,000 to conduct a detailed review of current land use regulations with an intent to adopt revisions and write new regulations and/or guidelines promoting low impact design, climate smart and smart growth principles. In the absence of zoning, the town is seeking to investigate, and adopt as appropriate, innovative land use practices which will be an incentive to achieve desirable future growth related to private housing, development and commercial enterprises.

    –PLANNING & ASSESSMENT: the towns of Ashland, Jewett, Lexington and Windham and the villages of Hunter and Tannersville, $12,000 with an In-kind contribution of $21,500 from the Catskill Watershed Corporation to hold “Mountaintop-wide Better Site Design Plan Workshops.” The workshops will guide each community through a comparison of the local codes against model development principles using a consensus building approach. Model principles will then be compiled into a General Guide for Mountaintop Communities, facilitating specific recommendations for each community.

    SWAC has thus far awarded a total of $518,957.50 in the first two rounds of programming, leaving $1.481,042.50 for future projects. The application deadline for round three is August 2, 2010, with approvals formally taking place on October 27, 2010. Projects awarded funding in round one included improving stream access along the Schoharie Creek in the town of Prattsville by constructing a parking area and installing floodplain drains under Vista Ridge Road in the Town of Jewett, reducing backwater conditions causing channel aggradation. Stormwater retrofits were approved at the Mountaintop Library in the village of Tannersville and Town of Hunter, reducing the quantity of, and improving the conveyance of, stormwater runoff, vastly improving water quality.

    Local newspaper chain buys last independent Greene County weekly

    The Hudson-Catskill Newspaper Corp. — the company that runs the only daily newspapers in each county (The Daily Mail and Register-Star) as well as weekly papers in Chatham, Windham, and on the mountaintop — bought Greene County’s only remaining weekly, the Greene County Local Courier, and The Ravena News-Herald, from George McHugh, today’s issue of the Courier reports. The story names frequent contributor Melanie Lekocevic as new editor, and says H-CN plans to continue publishing both weeklies. The story does not say whether the purchased papers will now get web sites. Earlier this year The Greenville Press ceased publication.

    Help local military family see their son

    From WRIP in Windham:

    Lance Corporal Joshua Williamson, USMC of Grand Gorge, while on patrol in Afghanistan was wounded – shot in the lung. He was operated on in Germany and shipped to Walter Reed Hospital. In order for his parents to be with him, they need financial help. The Mountaintop Detachment #1274 of the Marine Corps League has opened an account for the Williamson family. Send your check, payable to “Josh Williamson Benefit” to
    NBT Bank of Grand Gorge
    PO Box 380
    Grand Gorge, NY 12434
    For more information, call Mountaintop Detachment Commander Roy Mower at 518-734-3853.

    Arts Councils announce cultural fund awards

    The Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) and the Columbia County Council on the Arts (CCCA) announced the recipients of regrant awards through the Twin Counties Cultural Fund Decentralization Program for Columbia and Greene Counties (DEC) with 33 not-for-profit organizations awarded $48,950 for 2010.

    Greene County received requests from 17 applications for requests totaling $50,855 – more than twice the amount of available regrant funds. Fifteen organizations received $22,517 for the Decentralization Program (DEC) Project Support which includes organizations that act as a conduit (fiscal managers) for artist initiated projects. They are:

    Cairo Public Library was awarded $1400 for multidisciplinary arts programs.
    Catskill Community Center was awarded $1000 for Self-Portrait Books, Drawing & Painting from Poetry & The Art of Jazz Community Arts programs.
    Catskill Mountain Wolf Center & Joseph Capone were awarded $1700 for presentation of Six Characters in Search of an Author.
    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Greene County was awarded $1125 for Little Theater in the Woods program at the Acra Forestry Education site.
    D.R. Evarts Library was awarded $1000 for visual arts, dance and storytelling.
    Greene Arts Foundation was awarded $2700 for a stage adaptation of O’Sullivan Stew involving teens.
    Heart of Catskill Association & David Woodin were awarded $2200 for classical concerts with professional and amateur musicians.
    Love ‘N Care Pet Sanctuary & Margo Muller were awarded $1800 for children’s theater project based on the Little Red Schoolhouse local landmark.
    New Baltimore Reformed Church & Brian Mellick were awarded $1000 for a series of small ensemble acoustic concerts in New Baltimore.
    Oak Hill Preservation Association was awarded $892 for artist presenters for Oak Hill Day.
    Pleshakov Music Center was awarded $1800 for lecture/concerts at the piano museum in Hunter.
    Rivertown Housing & Jeanne Heiberg were awarded $1000 for writing & collage workshops, public reading & exhibit.
    Schoharie Creek Players was awarded $1800 for production of The Importance of Being Ernest.
    Town of Hunter & Kevin VanHentenryck were awarded $2000 for outdoor stone carving class & demo along Route 23 in Hunter.
    Windham Public Library was awarded $1100 for physical character & theater, an investigation of Calder mobiles and other workshops.

    Columbia County received requests from 22 organizations totaling $60,150 – more than twice the amount of available funding. Eighteen organizations received $26,433 from the Decentralization Program (DEC) Project Support which includes organizations that act as a conduit (fiscal manager). They are:

    Clarion Concerts was awarded $1500 for Leaf Peepers Series.
    Columbia County Office for the Aging & Heather Martin were awarded $1433 for jewelry making & ceramic explorations for seniors.
    Friends of Chatham Library was awarded $1200 for theater, paper marbling & pottery workshops.
    Friends of Chatham Library & Bend the Knotted Oak were awarded $750 for a chamber music concert at St. James Church.
    Hudson Area Library was awarded $500 for cultural storytelling & dance program with Elena Mosley.
    Hudson Library & Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre were awarded $2000 for Maii: The Wonder of Water! an original dance and theatrical production.
    HRC/Showcase Theatre was awarded $1500 for staged readings of original plays.
    Hudson Valley Choral Society was awarded $1500 for musicians for 2010 concerts.
    Mental Health Association of Col/Greene Counties were awarded $1250 for theater workshops and public performance with Walking the Dog Theater.
    North Chatham Library was awarded $1500 for literature & arts series.
    North Chatham Library & Sheri Bauer Mayorga were awarded $2000 for Columbia County Children’s Vocal Ensemble.
    Philmont Community Chorus was awarded $900 for a consultant and accompanist for their winter and spring concerts.
    Philmont Library was awarded $1500 for evenings of outdoor music.
    Roeliff Jansen Community Library & Robin Becker were awarded $1700 for Columbia Chamber Orchestra concerts of Indian, fusion & other music.
    Roving Actors Repertory Ensemble was awarded $2500 for productions of Barefoot in the Park & Jesus Christ Superstar.
    United Way of Col/Greene Counties and Amy Madden were awarded $1000 for a process based art practice workshop for teens.
    United Way of Col/Greene Counties and Dara Lurie were awarded $1200 for teen writing & rhythm investigations.
    Valatie Community Theater, Inc. was awarded $2500 for their Youth Theater Project.

    Greene County election results

    Greene County election results

    STATE WIDE RACES
    52 of 52 (100%) machines reporting (52 total districts)
    PROPOSAL #1
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    PROPOSAL #1 YES
    3540
    PROPOSAL #1 NO
    1848
    PROPOSAL #2
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    PROPOSAL #2 YES
    3766
    PROPOSAL #2 NO
    1546
    COUNTY WIDE RACES
    52 of 52 (100%) machines reporting (52 total districts)
    STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 3RD JD
    Vote for 1
    Jill Dunn 5336
    James P Gilpatric 4237
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 009 RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 9
    Vote for 1
    Sean P Frey
    385
    Elsie S Allan
    353
    Leslie C Armstrong
    176
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 008 RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 8
    Vote for 2
    William B Lawrence
    916
    Harry A Lennon
    830
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 007 RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 7
    Vote for 1
    Larry F Gardner
    549
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 006 RACES
    5 of 5 (100%) machines reporting (5 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 6
    Vote for 1
    James W Hitchcock
    801
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 005 RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 5
    Vote for 1
    James E VanSlyke
    690
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 004 RACES
    3 of 3 (100%) machines reporting (3 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 4
    Vote for 1
    Kevin R Lewis 835
    James P Mulligan 496
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 003 RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 3
    Vote for 1
    Chris H Pfister
    674
    Ray C Brooks
    617
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 002 RACES
    6 of 6 (100%) machines reporting (6 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 2
    Vote for 2
    Charles A Martinez
    1,203
    Wayne C Speenburgh
    1,146
    COUNTY LEGISLATIVE 001 RACES
    14 of 14 (100%) machines reporting (14 total districts)
    COUNTY LEGISLATOR DISTRICT 1
    Vote for 4
    Keith W Valentine
    1,367
    Joseph F Izzo
    1,328
    Karen A Deyo
    1,307
    Forest Cotten
    1,038
    Linda H Overbaugh
    1,003
    C Robin DePuy
    592
    ASHLAND RACES
    1 of 1 (100%) machines reporting (1 total districts)
    ASHLAND TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Richard E Tompkins
    132
    ASHLAND TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Leslie C Holdridge
    134
    ASHLAND TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Dennis E Mattice
    131
    Thomas H Soule
    130
    ASHLAND TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Justine L Koehler
    130
    ASHLAND SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    Larry R Tompkins
    129
    ASHLAND TAX COLLECTOR
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    Virginia C Arturi
    129
    ATHENS RACES
    4 of 4 (100%) machines reporting (4 total districts)
    ATHENS TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Lee Allen Palmateer
    628
    John F Lubera
    609
    ATHENS TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Constance J Pazin
    753
    ATHENS TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    April Paluch
    617
    Phyllis Dinkelacker
    556
    Charles J Dagostino
    550
    Paul Hasbrouck
    445
    CAIRO RACES
    7 of 7 (100%) machines reporting (7 total districts)
    CAIRO TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    John M Coyne
    845
    CAIRO TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Leland E Miller
    772
    CAIRO TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Douglas L Ostrander Jr 929
    Raymond J Suttmeier 709
    Alice Tunison (write-in) 192
    CAIRO TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Emily A Feeney
    920
    CATSKILL RACES
    14 of 14 (100%) machines reporting (14 total districts)
    CATSKILL TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert G Carl
    1,407
    CATSKILL TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Kevin C Lennon
    1,354
    Robert C Antonelli
    1,043
    Joseph M Leggio
    1,000
    COXSACKIE RACES
    6 of 6 (100%) machines reporting (6 total districts)
    COXSACKIE TOWN SUPERVISOR
    Vote for 1
    Alexander L Betke II
    934
    COXSACKIE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Richard H Roberg
    1,150
    COXSACKIE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Jeffery R Lewis
    926
    Patrick B Kennedy
    735
    COXSACKIE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Bambi L Hotaling
    1,137
    COXSACKIE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Michael J Tighe
    889
    John B Garland
    822
    COXSACKIE TAX COLLECTOR
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    Linda J Wilkinson
    1,128
    DURHAM RACES
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    DURHAM TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Gary J Hulbert
    564
    DURHAM TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Karen J Tirpak
    602
    DURHAM TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Jodi L Wood
    585
    William A Carr Jr
    554
    DURHAM TOWN CLERK/COLLECTOR
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    Chris Kohrs
    622
    DURHAM SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    Wesley I Moore
    620
    GREENVILLE RACES
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    GREENVILLE TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Paul J Macko 851
    Peter L OHara 464
    GREENVILLE TOWN JUSTICE
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    Richard P Schreiber 955
    GREENVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN
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    Richard Y Bear 864
    Kenneth M Stern 771
    Kathleen A Whitley Harm 482
    Wayne A Nelsen 466
    GREENVILLE TOWN CLERK
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    Ronnie J Campbell 979
    GREENVILLE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    Richard B Hempstead 839
    Terry L Williams 503
    GREENVILLE TAX COLLECTOR
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    Mary Yeomans 1042
    HALCOTT RACES
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    HALCOTT TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    A Innes Kasanof
    46
    HALCOTT TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Chris DiBenedetto
    48
    Alan S White
    46
    HALCOTT TOWN CLERK
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    Stacey L Johnson
    49
    HALCOTT SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    Russell C Bouton
    50
    HALCOTT TAX COLLECTOR
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    Ruth A Kelder
    53
    HUNTER RACES
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    HUNTER TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Dennis M Lucas Sr
    247
    HUNTER TOWN JUSTICE
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    James A Volker
    331
    HUNTER TOWN COUNCILMAN
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    Dolph J Semenza
    327
    Daryl E Legg
    317
    HUNTER SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    John G Farrell
    331
    JEWETT RACES
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    JEWETT TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Carol A Muth
    185
    Georgette E Krauss
    155
    JEWETT TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    William C Trach
    209
    Steven C Jacobs
    199
    Marianne Romito
    131
    Frank P Steinherr
    93
    LEXINGTON RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    LEXINGTON TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Greg T Cross
    193
    Dixie L Baldrey
    161
    LEXINGTON TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert A Basil
    332
    LEXINGTON TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    John W Berger Jr
    208
    Glenn E Howard
    165
    Mary T Cline
    156
    Maurice Nelson
    111
    Susan Jo Falke
    29
    LEXINGTON TOWN CLERK/COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Rose M Williams
    337
    LEXINGTON SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    Frank G Hermance
    172
    Larry M Cross
    147
    Larry G Falke
    27
    NEW BALTIMORE RACES
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    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Susan K ORorke
    587
    Arthur A Byas
    573
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Joseph F Cosenza
    675
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Barbara M Finke
    623
    Michael T Meredith
    577
    James E Coe
    531
    Lee A Davis
    531
    NEW BALTIMORE TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Janet A Brooks
    764
    Paula A Rebusmen
    404
    NEW BALTIMORE TAX COLLECTOR
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    Lynn Taylor
    681
    PRATTSVILLE RACES
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    PRATTSVILLE TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    Kory P O’Hara
    151
    Richard E Morse
    130
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Robert J Blain
    176
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN
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    James M Thorington
    184
    Steven H Oliver
    138
    Lisa L Hamilton
    118
    CJ Rion
    87
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN COUNCILMAN UNEXPIRED
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    Patrick T Mattice
    234
    PRATTSVILLE TOWN CLERK
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    Kathleen D Sherman
    168
    Switlana Breigle
    80
    PRATTSVILLE SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
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    William C Sutton
    211
    Stanley R Vanhoesen
    60
    PRATTSVILLE TAX COLLECTOR
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    Jody M Briggs
    142
    Anita Creazzo
    129
    WINDHAM RACES
    2 of 2 (100%) machines reporting (2 total districts)
    WINDHAM TOWN SUPERVISOR
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    T Patrick Meehan
    297
    WINDHAM TOWN JUSTICE
    Vote for 1
    Christopher Mattiace
    276
    WINDHAM TOWN COUNCILMAN
    Vote for 2
    Robert J Pelham
    297
    Wayne E VanValin
    226
    WINDHAM TOWN CLERK
    Vote for 1
    Carolyn J Garvey
    299
    WINDHAM SUPERINTENDENT OF HIGHWAYS
    Vote for 1
    Thomas F Hoyt
    283
    WINDHAM TAX COLLECTOR
    Vote for 1
    Dawn L Hitchcock
    314