election 2016

Enrolled Democrats outnumber enrolled Republicans in the Hilltowns by a lot.

Pretending climate change is not real won’t make it go away.

WESTERLO — Town officials in Westerlo hoped for a big turnout Tuesday that would ratify their plan to borrow $887,000 to renovate the former school building that now serves as the town hall.

With just over a thousand votes, Laura Ten Eyck kept her seat on the New Scotland Town Board, defeating her fellow female farmer, Ally Moreau.

Amedore won a second term in the State Senate with 60 percent of the vote against Sara Niccoli, a Democrat making her first run for state office.

The winner of  a town board seat remained yet to be decided after all  the machine-cast votes were tallied and announced late Tuesday at Town Hall. A small crowd of interested observers that included the Town Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis,  Deputy Supervisor Amy Pokorny, Councilman Earl Barcomb,  and both candidates looked on.

But no triumphant moment occurred because the final result now depends on absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.

Republican Peter Lopez is running unopposed to represent the 102nd Assembly District, which includes the Helderberg Hilltowns of Rensselaerville and Westerlo. The other two Hilltowns, Berne and Knox, are in the 111th District where Democratic incumbent Angelo Santabarbara is again being challenged by Republican Peter Vroman.

In a rematch of the race two years ago, Vroman is challenging Democratic incumbent state Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.

Two female farmers are squaring off in the town’s only election. Laura Ten Eyck and Ally Moreau are both making their first run for elected office.

A co-owner of Indian Ladder Farms, she says she wants the town to both protect and take advantage of its land and natural resources.


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