Election 2011

Six of nine aldermen will be rookies

When the polls closed on election night Tuesday, the political balance of the Kingston Common Council remained unchanged, with Democrats maintaining their 7-2 majority and the post of alderman-at-large. But that’s virtually all that will remain the same come January when six new aldermen take their seats and a veteran city lawmaker departs after being...
Carnright destroys Sennett; Republicans hold on to legislative majority

Carnright destroys Sennett; Republicans hold on to legislative majority

By Hugh Reynolds and Dan Barton With all 126 districts re-porting, incumbent District Attorney Holley Carnright has scored a substantial 7,500-vote victory over challenger Jonathan Sennett. Unofficial returns showed Carnright, a Saugerties Republican, with 22,174 votes (60 percent) to 14,652 for Sennett, a New Paltz Democrat. Carnright attributed his victory to a campaign which focused...
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

The more things change, the more they remain the same — in a nutshell, that’s what happened again on Election Day. Holley Carnright, after a surprisingly easy (60 percent) win over challenger Jonathan Sennett, will be back for four more years. Sennett, who believed he was jobbed in 2007 when Democrats split their votes between...
The Gallo Restoration: Shayne is city’s next mayor

The Gallo Restoration: Shayne is city’s next mayor

Back on Sept. 13, Shayne Gallo stood grimly in his spartan Broadway headquarters surrounded by a small cadre of Working Families Party volunteers, a handful of supporters, and his mother as he watched his chance at the mayor’s office ebb with the numbers flowing in — numbers which showed his opponent, Ninth Ward Alderman Hayes...
Shayne Gallo will be Kingston's next mayor

Shayne Gallo will be Kingston’s next mayor

The Gallo Restoration is reality. Kingston voters Tuesday swept Shayne Gallo into the mayoral office once held by his late brother T.R. by a wide margin over Republican challenger Ron Polacco. On the Common Council, meanwhile, Republicans maintained their two-member minority after newcomer Nate Horowitz knocked off a veteran incumbent in Ward 3 and registered...
Reynolds: Time to get serious

Reynolds: Time to get serious

Experience suggests that most registered voters will decide who they plan to vote for — if they plan to vote at all — some time between this weekend and next Tuesday. For the first time since 1987, when Republican Dick White decided against a third term, candidates for the mayoralty of Kingston will be seeking...

At large, and in charge: Noble, Marchetti differ on role of city’s No. 2 job

Call him the Common Council’s forgotten man. For the past 10 years, since he was elevated to the second-highest elected post in Kingston following the death-in-office of Mayor T.R. Gallo, Jim Noble has played a behind-the-scenes role as alderman-at-large, researching legislation, creating and dissolving committees and riding herd on the volumes of correspondence which flows...

Ward 7 preview: Dankelmann, Mills stress quality-of-life issues

Common Council Majority Leader Bill Reynolds is stepping down after representing the residential east side neighborhoods of the Seventh Ward for nearly two decades. The race to replace him features a onetime Kingston sanitation man turned solid waste entrepreneur and a member of a family with roots in city politics. Despite Democrat Reynolds’ long tenure...

Ward 9 preview: Community-minded Deb Brown takes on public-access advocate John Simek

Two months after she was bounced off the Republican ticket following a technical challenge by her erstwhile Democratic opponent Mark Halwick Jr., Deborah Brown is still in the race, running on the Conservative and independent New Directions line, while Halwick has taken to the sidelines after losing the Democratic Primary to John Simek. The game...

Ward 5 preview: Carey, Johnson and McDonough all want Council seat

In Ward Five, three — maybe four — candidates are competing to represent the densely populated neighborhoods stretching across Midtown and Uptown Kingston. The seat is one of five left open on the council by the departure of incumbents; Jen Fuentes, the first member of the Working Families Party elected to office in Kingston, opted...

Ward 4 preview: Incumbent Whitlock faces challengers who say she hasn’t done enough

In Kingston’s Fourth Ward, incumbent Alderwoman Shirley Whitlock faces two opponents, Republican Frasier Sprague and write-in candidate Matthew Ryan, in her bid for a third term representing the heart of Midtown Kingston. The Fourth occupies a compact area of Kingston divided by Broadway. It is the most densely populated area of the city and home...

Ward 6, 8 preview: Longtime fixture, relative newcomer have seats locked up for Dems

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the Sept. 18, 2011 edition of the Kingston Times. While Common Council candidates in seven Kingston wards will be pounding the pavement seeking votes this fall, a newcomer in Ward 6 and a veteran in Ward 8 — both Democrats — will enjoy a free ride to City...