Thursday, February 7, 2019



New Dutchess legislator selected to replace Tyner

RHINEBECK – Rhinebeck Councilwoman Brennan Kearney has been selected by the Rhinebeck and Clinton town boards to fill the Dutchess County Legislature seat abruptly vacated by Joel Tyner. The district is comprised of both towns.  Kearney was selected during a joint meeting of the two town boards Wednesday night. 

Kearney, a Democrat, was one of six seeking the position.  The Vassar and NYU graduate will serve out the remainder of Tyner’s term which expires December 31st. 

The new legislator indicated that she would seek election to a full term in the November race.  Kearney promptly resigned from the town board Wednesday night and then immediately took the new oath of office as administered by Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia.

Kearney, a resident of Rhinebeck has government experience in her past having served as secretary to the Rhinebeck town planning and zoning departments from 2014-2015.  Additionally, Kearney was appointed to fill a vacancy on the town board in October of 2017 and successfully ran for a full four-year term in November of that year.

County Legislature Minority Leader Hannah Black, a Democrat, said she is “excited to have the opportunity to work with Brennan Kearney as the newly appointed Legislator for District 11 representing the Towns of Rhinebeck and Clinton.”

Black said there is much work to be done in the legislature this year.

There is a lot of work to be done in this legislature this year. I am confident that “Legislator Kearney will hit the ground running. She is extremely qualified with a wealth of knowledge in project oversight, budgets, zoning, planning and constituent services from serving on the Rhinebeck Town Board. Her enthusiasm and dedication to serving the people is noticeable. We are very fortunate to add her to our team.” 

Black also commended both town boards in their prompt and transparent selection process. “I thank the Town of Clinton and Town of Rhinebeck Town Boards for their expediency in filling this vacated seat. Both boards demonstrated professionalism by working together to select a new representative." 

Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver, a Republican, hopes the two political parties “put politics aside for the betterment of Dutchess County.”

County Executive Marcus Molinaro, a Republican, said the two towns “need quality representation in the county legislature.” Having worked with Kearney as a councilwoman, he looks forward “to our service together.”


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