McGinty leads judge­ship race; Phoeni­cia re­sult waits

Demo­crat wins in Eso­pus

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

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.

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