To the Polls! Various Contests Set for PrimariesFree Access


The past few weeks have been extremely hectic for Elections Commissioners Kathy Croft and Anthony Scannapieco and their staffs and on Monday, the Board of Elections released its 2017 Primary Day run down.

Pending litigation, incumbent Sheriff Don Smith is facing a Republican Primary from challenger Andrew DeStefano. It is unclear whether DeStefano will be successful in his efforts to force a primary. The initial determination of election officials was that he did not have enough valid signatures to be on the ballot.

The Putnam Legislature’s District No. 8 seat now held by Dini LoBue of Mahopac has three primaries. LoBue, who lost the GOP nomination for reelection to Amy Sayegh, is seeking to win the Republican Party line back. She is also challenging Sayegh on the Conservative line and waging an Opportunity to Ballot in an attempt to gain the Independence Party line.

In the Town of Carmel, a three-way GOP primary pits incumbents Frank Lombardi and Suzi McDonough against newcomer Mike Barile. Lombardi and Barile have been endorsed by the town’s GOP Committee.

A town justice primary in Kent has three candidates running for two seats. The candidates are incumbent Judge Kevin Douchkoff and lawyer and Kent prosecutor Tim Curtiss, both Republicans, who face lawyer Pamela Richardson, a Democrat.

Douchkoff and Curtiss have been endorsed by the town’s GOP Committee and the Independence Party while Richardson has the backing of the Kent Democrats. Primaries for the Republican, Democratic and Independence lines will be decided on Sept. 12. Primary Day will be critical, because each of the three gathered enough signatures to appear on each primary line. Douchkoff and Curtiss also have the Conservative nod.

In Patterson, a Republican Primary for town council will be decided. Councilman Peter Dandreano is seeking reelection. Councilman Kevin Byrne has decided to run for town justice in November. Two newcomers are seeking his seat – Joe Capasso and Mary Smith.

In Putnam Valley, the Green Party filed petitions creating an Opportunity to Ballot for both supervisor as well as town council.

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