2010-10-28 / Front Page

It's Election Night in Putnam

Stay with putnamcountycourier.com throughout the evening for up-to-the-minute results!
After numerous debates, press conferences, court battles, and promises, the long-awaited election is finally here. The COURIER understands how crucial the results are to the people of Putnam County. We will be providing updates on our website throughout this evening, to supplement our coverage in Thursday’s COURIER.
19th Congressional District
The race between Dr. Nan Hayworth, Republican candidate for the 19th congressional district, and incumbent Democrat John Hall might come down to a photo finish as the numbers come in tonight. With the potential for a significant Republican shift on Capitol Hill, political experts nationwide are keeping their eyes on tight races like New York’s 19th district. Until Hall defeated incumbent Sue Kelly in 2006, the seat had long been held by the GOP.
Putnam County Executive 
Back in May, State Senator Vincent Leibell said he was looking forward to a “respectful exchange of ideas” with his county executive race opponent, Legislator Mary Ellen Odell. Since that declaration, the race has grown progressively less respectful, and increasingly more contentious.
Although they belong to the same party, the two candidates represent different desires of Putnam citizens, each leading one portion of what appears to be a Republican divide within the county.
Leibell has spent the last 28 years working in Albany, splitting his time between the assembly and the senate. He has all the experience, friends, and enemies that come with almost three decades in New York politics. He keeps a loyal following of voters who trust his ability to know where to go, what to do, and who to talk to.
In the other corner, Odell has spent just five years in the county legislature. Aligning herself with Tea Party candidates, Odell has become the choice of Putnamites who follow the growing national trend of demanding new faces, and less cronyism, in government.
On September 14, Odell shocked herself and pretty much everyone else in Putnam, losing to Leibell by less than 200 votes in the Republican primary. Rejuvenated after nearly pulling off one of the biggest upsets in county history, Odell decided to stay in the race against Leibell on the Independence Party line. “The momentum is there to go right through November,” she told the COURIER after the primary. “The Republicans that came out … are just a handful of all the voters in Putnam County.”
40th Senate District 
The race for the 40th district senate seat between Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball and Democratic Legislator Mike Kaplowitz has been the most entertaining of the election season. It became a chess game of insults, strategic nicknames, and office crashing. Both candidates know how to appeal to the voters with quick one-liners and stinging jabs, at times appearing like two guys in a barstool argument right before the first punch is thrown.
90th Assembly District 
Entrepreneurial Republican Bill Gouldman is making his second attempt at the 90th district seat, once again challenging 18 year Albany veteran Democrat Sandy Galef. Gouldman, who owns two restaurants in New York City, represents the growing movement of middle class Americans and small business owners who are demanding smaller government. Sandy Galef, who was a teacher before winning the 90th district seat, defends the importance of government programs and the advantage of having politicians who make legislating a full-time job.
99th Assembly District 
Judge Jim Borkowski decided to stay in the race on the Conservative line after losing the Republican Primary to Dr. Steve Katz, a proud Tea Party candidate. They are battling for the 99th district, the seat Ball is vacating, against Democrat Brendan Tully, an attorney from Yorktown.


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