2011-11-03 / Front Page / Politics

Light turnout on Election Day

Odell wins; Levy unopposed
Eric Gross

 Interest was apparently slight across Putnam County on Election Day as only 20 percent of the county's eligible voters took the time to cast ballots.

The Board of Elections reported 58,565 of Putnam's 100,000 residents were registered to ballot. Yet, the county's top vote getter, District Attorney Adam Levy, received only 11,811 votes enough for victory since the prosecutor sought his second term running unopposed.

Mary Ellen Odell defeated Alan Schneider to become Putnam's new executive while Dr. Hari Chakravorty was re-elected as coroner.

In the legislative races, the three incumbents were returned to office. Sam Oliverio of Putnam Valley defeated Allen Beals in District No.2; Richard Othmer of Kent was unopposed in District No.3 and Dini LoBue of Mahopac (Dist. No.8)  bested Robert McGuigan.

On the town levels incumbent supervisors were reelected in Carmel, Kent and Patterson running unopposed. Southeast's new Supervisor Tony Hay also ran without opposition.  In Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy withstood a challenge from Wendy Whetsel and in Philipstown Supervisor Richard Shea defeated Lee Erickson.

Joining Supervisor Kenneth Schmitt running unopposed in Carmel were Town Clerk Ann Garris and Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis.

Two newcomers will be joining the Carmel Town Board on January 1. Republicans John Lupinacci and Jonathan Schneider were victorious over Democrat Peter Creegan.

Incumbent Highway Superintendent Michael Simone was also reelected defeating Gerard Ahler by nearly a 2-1 margin.

In Kent, Supervisor Kathy Doherty had a free ride this year along with council members Penny Osborne and Michael Tierney.

In Patterson, Supervisor Michael Griffin won another term in office as did Town Clerk Antoinette Kopeck and new council members Robert McCarthy and Charles Cook.

Russell Goff defeated John Steinhardt for highway superintendent.

In Philipstown, Supervisor Richard Shea defeated Lee Erickson while Town Clerk Tina Merando, Town Justice Stephen Tomann and Philipstown Highway Superintendent Roger Chirico all ran unopposed.

Philipstown Town Board member Barbara Scuccimarra was defeated in her reelection bid but fellow Councilwoman Nancy Montgomery was victorious. Philipstown's new councilman in 2012 is David Merandy.

In addition to Putnam Valley Supervisor Tendy being returned to office, Town Clerk Ellen Royael and Town Justice Louis DiCarlo were re-elected on Tuesday both running unopposed.

Councilman Robert Cinque was re-elected but fellow Councilman Eugene Yetter lost his reelection bid to Steven Mackay.

For the position of highway superintendent, Lawrence Cobb was victorious over the town's current Deputy Highway Superintendent Gary Wulfhop.

In Southeast, Supervisor-elect Hay has become greater Brewster's chief elected official.

When long-time town clerk Ruth Mazzei decided against seeking reelection her deputy Michele Stancati stepped in and was elected without opposition.

Two seats were up for grabs on the Southeast Town Board and for the first time in decades, a Democrat was victorious. Lynne Eckardt and incumbent Roger Gross defeated Edwin Alvarez and Catherine Sloat on Election Day.

Southeast Highway Superintendent Kevin Palmer ran unopposed.

In the Village of Brewster, Mayor James Schoenig was re-elected along with trustees Christine Puccini and Teresa Stockburger. All three officials were unopposed.

Two referendums supporting library spending were also approved Tuesday. By nearly a 2-1 margin residents of Southeast said "yes" to the Brewster Library budget while in Patterson residents approved the Patterson Library spending by 232 votes.








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