City GOP boss quits after election rout
Common Council will have no enrolled Republicans when new session begins
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 Democratic Chairman Committee Chairman Joe Donaldson; and Kingston Ward 2 Alderman Douglas Koop.