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COPAKE—Town Republicans nominated a full slate of candidates at a lively caucus at the Town Hall June 30.
   Three of the four chosen candidates were challenged for spots on the November ballot. Eighty-eight registered Republicans attended.
   Harvey Weber, a Republican, and Joseph LaPorta, a Democrat, were the GOP choices for two available seats on the Town Board currently occupied by Councilwoman Linda Gabaccia and Councilman Bob Sacks, both Democrats.
   In both cases, Ms. Gabaccia was also nominated for each of the seats, losing to Mr. Weber, a member of the Taconic Hills Board of Education, by a vote of 61 to 24 with 3 abstentions.
   Mr. LaPorta, the deputy town supervisor, also won over Ms. Gabaccia by a vote of 60 to 22 with 6 abstentions.
   Republican William Kane, currently a town assessor and a former town justice, received the nomination for town justice over current Town Justice Brian Herman, a Democrat, by a vote of 48 to 27, with 13 Republicans abstaining.
   David Gordineer, an Independence Party member, who has been a town assessor for one year, won the GOP nomination for the four-year term without challenge.
   Town Democrats conducted their caucus last month, nominating incumbents Councilman Sacks and Councilwoman Gabaccia and Justice Herman, each for another four-year term.
   Political newcomer Loredana Delventhal was the Democrats’ choice for assessor.
   To contact Diane Valden email dvalden@ColumbiaPaper.com

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