Esslie-Frenia Law June 2023 Leaderboard

There’s still lots to count


GHENT—The results are still unofficial from Tuesday’s midterm election. In Columbia County alone there remain “several hundred” absentee and so-called “affidavit” ballots yet to be counted.

County voters chose Democratic candidates for state and federal office. That was true in the race for Congress in the newly redrawn 19th Congressional District, which includes all of this county. But in that contest, Republican Marcus Molinaro has claimed victory, saying in a release, “I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

His opponent, Josh Riley (D), has not conceded. “We want to be sure every voice is heard, and we are going to do that,” Mr. Riley said in a press release issued November 9.

Governor Kathy Hochul and her running mate, Antonio Delgado, polled well in Columbia County as did a slate of Democratic candidates, including state Attorney General Letitia James and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, state Senator Michelle Hinchey (41st SD) and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (106th AD).

There were local elections or write-in candidates in several towns (see county data).

It was a good election for ballot proposals: All five library funding propositions were approved; the state $4.2 billion climate change bond was adopted here and statewide; Hudson will redistrict city wards; only the New Lebanon proposal to switch to an appointed highway supervisor failed to pass.

Unofficial General Election results for Columbia County from the County Board of Elections (11:16 p.m. on November 8)

At that time, several hundred absentee and affidavit ballots remain to be counted

Governor & Lieutenant Governor

Kathy Hochul & Antonio Delgado 15,613

Lee Zeldin & Alison Esposito 13,438

NYS Comptroller

Thomas DiNapoli (DEM, WOR) 17,056

Paul Rodriguez (REP, CON) 11,668

NYS Attorney General

Letitia James (DEM, WOR) 15,948

Michael Henry (REP, CON) 12,850

U.S. Senator

Charles Schumer (DEM, WOR) 16,287

Joe Pinion (REP, CON) 12,472

Diane Sare (LAR) 77

Representative in U.S. Congress (19th C.D.)

Josh Riley (DEM, WOR) 15,598

Marcus Molinaro (REP, CON) 13,263

NY Supreme Court Justice, 3rd Jud. District (3 elected)

Heidi Thais Cochrane (DEM, WOR) 14,892

Sharon Graff (DEM, WOR) 14,678

Meaghan Galligan (DEM, WOR) 14,589

Thomas Marcelle (REP, CON) 13,491

NY State Senator (41st S.D.)

Michelle Hinchey (DEM, WOR) 15,438

Susan Serino (REP, CON, IND) 13,285

Member of Assembly (106th A.D.)

Didi Barrett (DEM) 11,228

Brandon Craig Gaylord (REP, CON) 8,132

Member of Assembly (107th A.D.)

Scott Bendett (REP, CON) 5,752

County Clerk

Holly Tanner (REP, CON) 17,939

County Coroner (2 elected)

Michael Blasl (REP, CON) 17,308

Write-in 1,436

Hudson – Member of Common Council (3rd Ward)

Amber Harris (DEM) 341

Ancram – Town Justice (2 elected)

Catherine Redlich (DEM, REP) 631

Suzan Flamm (DEM) 380

Richard Novik (REP) 371

Austerlitz – Town Council

Christopher Schober (DEM) 703

Claverack – Town Justice

Michael H. Brandon (REP) 1,660

Kinderhook – Town Council

George J. Graham (REP, CON) 2,788

Livingston – Town Council

Fred Conte (Write-in) 257

James Kelly (Write-in) 152

Stockport – Town Justice

Malcolm G. Smalley (REP, CON) 746

Taghkanic – Town Justice

Robert Prochera (REP, CON) 327

New York State Prop 1 (Environmental Bond Act)

Yes 17,551

No 10,194

New Lebanon – Prop 1 (Highway Superintendent)

Yes 449

No 595

Hudson – Prop 1 (Ward Boundaries)

Yes 1,328

No 383

Hudson – Prop 2 (Library Funding)

Yes 1,442

No 387

Claverack – Prop 1 (Library Funding)

Yes 1,656

No 907

Kinderhook – Prop 1 (Library Funding)

Yes 2,546

No 1,621

Chatham – Prop 1 (Library Funding)

Yes 1,690

No 539

Germantown – Prop 1 (Library Funding)

Yes 666

No 321

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