McGinty holds lead in Surrogate’s Court race
With paper ballots counted from three towns and part of the city of Kingston, Democrat Sara McGinty continues to lead the race for Ulster County Surrogate’s Court judge.
McGinty, of Rosendale, led Esopus Republican Peter Matera by a tally of 33,500 to 33,103 at the end of Tuesday, a margin of 397 votes. Third-party candidate Sharon Graff, a Rosendale resident, was far out of the running with 7,825 votes.
The counting of absentee and affidavit ballots won’t resume until Monday, said Ulster County Republican Elections Commissioner Tom Turco.
Turco said the latest tally includes paper ballots cast in the towns of Shandaken, Esopus and New Paltz, as well as Wards 1 through 6 in the city of Kingston and District 1 of Ward 7.
That leaves paper ballots from two wards and part of a third in Kingston still to be counted, as well as ballots from 17 towns. Turco did not say when the counting might be completed.
At the end of Election Day, McGinty’s lead over Matera was 32,757 to 32,621.
The winner of the race will succeed Judge Mary Work, a Democrat, and serve a 10-year term. Work is stepping down because she has reached the state’s mandatory judicial retirement age of 70.
Surrogate’s Court handles matters involving estates, wills, trusts, guardianships and adoptions.