MID-HUDSON – Several key local races will be decided today as residents go to the polls on Election Day. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. and stay open until 9:00 p.m.
Incumbent county executives face challenges. In Dutchess County, Republican Marcus Molinaro faces Democrat Diane Jablonski. He is a former village mayor, county legislator and state assemblyman. She is a former county comptroller.
In Ulster County, incumbent Democrat Michael Hein faces Republican Terry Bernardo. Hein was the former appointed county administrator until the county changed to a charter form of government and he was elected county executive. Bernardo is a former county legislator and chairwoman.
There is one district attorney race that will pit incumbent Putnam County DA Adam Levy against Robert Tendy.
Tendy, who beat Levy for the Republican line, is currently Putnam Valley town supervisor. Levy is running on the Conservative, Reform and Independence Party lines. There is no Democrat candidate
Four mayoral races will be decided in the Mid-Hudson
Valley. Kingston and Poughkeepsie will each see a new mayor elected while
in Newburgh and Beacon incumbents are being challenged.
In Kingston, Democrat Steven Noble and Republican Ronald Polacco face off. Noble is a city recreation department employee and Polacco is a former city alderman.
In Poughkeepsie, Republican Robert Rolison is running against Democrat Randy Johnson. Rolison is the current chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature and Johnson is a member of the Poughkeepsie City School Board.
In Newburgh, Incumbent Judy Kennedy faces two challengers. She is running on the Independence Party line having lost her Democratic line to Jonathan Jacobson. Republican John Giudice, a former city councilman, is the third candidate in that race.
In Beacon, Independence Party incumbent Randy Casale is being challenged by Democrat Ronald Ray. Casale is a retired city employee and Ray is a former Dutchess County legislator.
County legislative races are also being conducted in a number of area counties as are elections for town supervisors and councils.