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Dutchess Voters Elect Trustees In Four Villages

A reversed decision to remove POW/MIA flags from public buildings in Rhinebeck -- including Town Hall -- attracted five write-in candidates for village trustee on Tuesday.
A reversed decision to remove POW/MIA flags from public buildings in Rhinebeck -- including Town Hall -- attracted five write-in candidates for village trustee on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Residents of Dutchess County voted Tuesday, March 20 on their trustee seats in the villages of Rhinebeck, Millerton, Wappingers Falls and Tivoli.

WAPPINGERS FALLS

In Wappingers Falls, Village Trustees Scott Davis, Ronnie Kormornik and Kevin Huber, all incumbents, were re-elected to the Village Board in unofficial results on Tuesday.

Davis, the deputy mayor, defeated challenger Bill Fulton for the Third Ward trustee position, by 118 to 104 votes.

Kormornik, of the Village First Party, defeated challenger Jennifer Niznik of the One United Party for the Second Ward seat, by 94 to 72 votes.

In the First Ward race, incumbent Democrat Kevin Huber defeated June Buntele of the Together We Stand Party by 83 to 9 votes.

Trustees serve two-year terms with an annual salary of $7,440.

Mayor Matt Alexander said challengers brought up the seven-member Board of Trustees’ debate whether to replace the police force in 2017.

MILLERTON

In Millerton, There were four candidates competing for two open village trustee seats on Tuesday:

Matthew Hartzog and Alicia Sartori were the winners, according to unofficial returns.

Hartzog had 81 votes and Sartori received 86 votes to  defeat incumbent David Sherman with 70 votes and Eliot Ramos with 56 votes.

Write-in candidates Chris Kennan and Brian Jordan each got one vote.

Trustees serve a two-year term and are paid an annual salary of $3,603.

RHINEBECK

In Rhinebeck, Tuesday's election comes as village officials deal with controversy from the removal of and then replacement of POW/MIA flags from two government buildings.

Trustees Brant Neunecker and John Rossi Jr., both Democrats, were re-elected to the Village Board by defeating five write-in candidates.

Neunecker received 277 votes while Rossi Jr received 285, according to unofficial returns.

Write-in candidate Bruce Washburn received 83 votes and Tina LaMonica received 76 votes.

David Miller, Tom Cale and John Clark -- the three other write-in candidates -- each received one vote.

The trustee job has a two-year term and annual salary of $6,400.

TIVOLI

In Tivoli, Trustees Emily Majer and Jeannan Schneider were re-elected without opposition to the Village Board on Tuesday, in unofficial results.

Majer received 57 votes and Schneider received 56 votes.

They both belong to the Tivoli First Party. Trustees serve two years and are paid $3,000 annually.

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