One KJ bloc backs Neuhaus, the other stays neutral

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus stands to pick up roughly a couple thousand votes in Kiryas Joel for his re-election bid today, despite his efforts to tie his opponent to the Hasidic community in the closing days of the campaign.

Anash, the majority party in Kiryas Joel, declined to endorse either the Republican incumbent or Democratic challenger Patrick Davis, which likely means that most voters in the larger of Kiryas Joel’s two voting blocs will simply skip over that race on their ballots. But the opposition party, known as the Kiryas Joel Alliance, backed Neuhaus and will deliver whatever share of its own voters turn out at the polls today.

Both parties are distributing their customary sample ballots outside Kiryas Joel’s two polling stations to tell their respective supporters which candidates to support.

The marked ballots show that both factions backed Republican District Attorney David Hoovler and Republican County Clerk Annie Rabbitt over their Democratic challengers, Michael Isgur and Deborah Mulqueen.

Anash will steer its votes to Republican County Legislator Katie Bonelli, while the Alliance supported neither Bonelli nor her Democratic opponent, Stephen Hunter.

 

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