City GOP boss quits af­ter elec­tion rout

Com­mon Coun­cil will have no en­rolled Repub­li­cans when new ses­sion be­gins

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­ paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

KINGSTON, N.Y. » City Repub­li­can Chair­man Joseph In­garra has re­signed in the wake of his party be­ing shut out in last week’s Com­mon Coun­cil elec­tions.

In­garra’s de­par­ture comes two years af­ter for­mer city GOP Chair­man An­thony Si­na­gra stepped down in re­sponse to the party los­ing the may­oral elec­tion and cap­tur­ing only one of the coun­cil’s nine seats.

Charles Po­lacco, who is serv­ing as act­ing Kingston GOP chair­man, said in a pre­pared state­ment that In­garra “has served faith­fully in this po­si­tion, and we want to ex­press our grat­i­tude for his ser­vice to the [city Repub­li­can] Com­mit­tee and to our com­mu­nity.”

In the most re­cent Kingston Com­mon Coun­cil elec­tions, on Nov. 7, the only can­di­date with Repub­li­can back­ing to win a seat was Patrick O’Reilly in the

Sev­enth Ward. But O’Reilly, who also was backed by Democrats, is not reg­is­tered with any po­lit­i­cal party.

Mean­while, the coun­cil’s lone en­rolled Repub­li­can, Debbie Brown, was de­feated in her bid for a fourth two-year term rep­re­sent­ing the Ninth Ward. That seat was won by Demo­crat An­drea


Else­where in the city, Democrats won con­tested Com­mon Coun­cil races in Wards 1, 3, 5 and 8, as well as un­con­tested races in Wards 2, 4 and 6.

The re­sults mean there will be no mem­bers of the Repub­li­can Party on the coun­cil when it starts its

2018-19 term in Jan­uary.

The city’s mayor and al­der­man-at-large — Steve No­ble and his un­cle, James No­ble, re­spec­tively — also are Democrats. Those po­si­tions have four-year terms and will not be on the bal­lot again un­til 2019.

Po­lacco, who also is vice chair­man of the Kingston

Planning Board, said the city Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee is “em­brac­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties to be­come closer to our neigh­bor­hoods, our lo­cal busi­nesses and our var­i­ous com­mu­nity groups.

““In the face of a chang­ing po­lit­i­cal land­scape, the com­mit­tee re­mains stead­fast and re­silient in our pur­suit of fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said. “How­ever, we are also com­mit­ted to reach­ing out into our com­mu­nity to be­come more in­clu­sive, more ac­ces­si­ble, more re­spon­sive and to play a big­ger role in help­ing our neigh­bors ad­dress their con­cerns and achieve their goals in our neigh­bor­hood.”


Check­ing re­sults on Elec­tion Night at Demo­cratic head­quar­ters on Broad­way in Kingston are from left, Kingston Com­mon Coun­cil Pres­i­dent James No­ble; Lynn Eck­ert, Kingston's Ward 1 alder­woman and a suc­cess­ful can­di­date for Ul­ster County Leg­is­la­ture; city...

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