Three vie in GOP primary for Monroe Town Board

Coming up soon is the first skirmish in this year’s battle for two Monroe Town Board seats: a three-way Republican primary, scheduled to take place two days after the deadline for the board to make its momentous decision on two petitions to expand Kiryas Joel by 507 acres or 164 acres.

The race features United Monroe candidates Anthony Cardone and Michael McGinn and Councilman Dennis McWatters, who was elected to fill a board vacancy last year with United Monroe’s support — along with that of the Kiryas Joel Alliance, the smaller of Kiryas Joel’s two voting blocs — but is no longer backed by the citizens group. Those three candidates, along with Democratic Councilman Dan Burke, are competing for two, four-year board terms in November.

The Sept. 10 Republican primary will determine which two candidates run on the Republican line on Nov. 3 but won’t winnow the field. The Independence Party endorsed McWatters to run on its ballot line, so he’ll be in the general election regardless of who wins the GOP primary. And Cardone and McGinn will of course be on United Monroe’s independent line in November, so both of them are also certain to remain in the race after Sept. 10.

The Town Board and Kiryas Joel’s Village Board are due to vote on the annexation petitions by Sept. 8, the deadline imposed by a provision in state law that requires municipalities to decide on such requests within 90 days of a public hearing.

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