McGinty holds lead in Sur­ro­gate’s Court race

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

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.


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