McGinty leads judgeship race; Phoenicia result waits
Democrat wins in Esopus
KINGSTON >> Democrat Sara McGinty continues to lead the race for Ulster County Surrogate’s Court judge, Democrat Kathie Quick has held on to win the race for an Esopus Town Board seat, and a proposition to sharply increase funding for the Phoenicia Library will hang in the balance until next month, a county elections commissioner said Thursday.
The vote in Shandaken to increase the town’s annual allocation to the Phoenicia Library was 689 in favor and 686 opposed after the tally of paper ballots, Commissioner Tom Turco said Thursday. But he said 37 ballots included in the tally have been challenged, and the matter won’t be resolved until sometime in December. At the end of Election Day, Nov. 8, the vote was 634 opposed and 613 in favor.
The measure calls for the town to increase its current $94,000 annual contribution to the library to $162,000, a jump of 72 percent.
In the Surrogate’s Court race, McGinty led Republican Peter Matera, 32,94632,794, at the end of Thursday, a margin of 152 votes, but paper ballots from 18 towns (all but Esopus and Shandaken) and the city of Kingston still need to be counted, Turco said.
At the end of Election Day, McGinty’s lead over Matera was 32,757 to 32,62, with third-party candidate Sharon Graff far out of the running.
The winner of the judgeship race will succeed Mary Work, who is retiring, and serve a 10-year term.
In the race for the final year of a four-year term on the Esopus Town Board, Quick has defeated Republican Jared Geuss, 2,2692,215.
The seat currently is held by Les Kalmus, who was appointed to the board and chose not to seek election to the remainder of the term. The seat was vacated when Diane McCord was elected town supervisor last year.