Category Archives: OC Legislature Races

Sunday telephone poll dives deep on race for State Sen. Bill Larkin’s senate seat

Voters in the region were hit with a new poll on Sunday that asked a series of probing questions about GOP Sen. Bill Larkin, his Democratic opponent Chris Eachus and several issues in the race for the 39th Senate District. But Larkin supporters say the poll is no indication that Larkin will be switched out [...]

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Eldridge, Gibson put out last minute money pleas

Rep. Chris Gibson and Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge both released last minute pleas Friday for campaign cash. Eldridge, 27 and from Shokan, coupled his cash request with criticism of House Republican’s votes and focus on defunding or repealing  the Affordable Care Act. It doesn’t mention Gibson, R-Kinderhook, by name but instead rails against the House [...]

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Benton led spending in ’13 Orange Legislature races

Seven Orange County Legislature candidates each spent more than $10,000 on his campaign this year, led by Republican Legislator Leigh Benton with $23,783 in annual expenses, according to the candidates’ campaign finance reports. With the filing of post-election statements itemizing income and expenditures through Nov. 28, the full spending picture that emerged for a year [...]

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Legislative races unchanged by absentee ballots

The counting of absentee ballots in Orange County’s closest legislative race on Nov. 5 has confirmed Republican James DiSalvo as the winner of a three-way contest for the District 14 seat Democrat Roxanne Donnery is vacating. DiSalvo, a Highland Falls trustee, had led former Highlands Supervisor Inga Quaintance by 35 scanned ballots on Election Day [...]

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KJ voting instructions

A number of Monroe residents riveted by Tuesday’s town elections have been shocked to learn that voters streaming to the polls in Kiryas Joel were being handed papers literally telling them who to vote for by highlighting names on reproductions of the ballot. They knew village residents voted in blocs, faithfully following their leaders’ political [...]

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Incumbents romp in OC Legislature races

Despite two years of partisan battles and a court-ordered redistricting that shifted their district lines without the benefit of gerrymandering, incumbent Orange County legislators from both parties — but especially Republicans — had a great day at the polls on Tuesday. Six Republicans and three Democrats rolled up comfortable victories, some with huge margins, to win [...]

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Latino Democrats announce Orange endorsements

 The Latino Democratic Committee of Orange County has endorsed candidates in two countywide races, seven county Legislature races, state Supreme Court elections and scattered town and city contests. The committee endorsed Michael Isgur for district attorney, Deborah Mulqueen for county clerk and made no choice in the county executive’s race, which is between Republican Steve [...]

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Castricone pulled from OC Legislature ballot

Orange County Legislator Dan Castricone has formally withdrawn from a three-way race for his Legislature seat after being nominated by Republicans to run for state Supreme Court, a move that enabled him to get his name off the ballot for the legislative race. The Independence Party already has named Village of Warwick trustee Barry Cheney, [...]

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Republicans nominate Castricone for Supreme Court

Orange County Legislator Dan Castricone was one of five candidates Republicans nominated Monday night to run for state Supreme Court, a move that will enable Castricone to exit a three-way race for his legislative seat in which a Republican challenger has won the GOP ballot line. The nominations were made at a convention of Republican [...]

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Orange County finishes write-in tallies in legislative races

The Orange County Board of Elections has finalized its voting tallies in three county Legislature primaries in which the total number of write-in voters were known after the Sept. 10 election but the written-in names and outcomes weren’t. In District 3, which encompasses parts of Warwick and Wawayanda and all of Minisink, Republican primary winner [...]

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