Incumbents defeated in several Schoharie County towns
SCHOHARIE COUNTY Voters in Schoharie County ousted several incumbent town supervisors and put new leadership in both the town and village of Cobleskill.
Unofficial results put Republican Leo T. McAllister on top in the race against incumbent Cobleskill Supervisor Thomas Murray, 1,007-403.
And Cobleskill village Councilwoman Linda Holmes beat out incumbent Mayor Mark Galasso 497-303, according to the Schoharie County Board of Elections.
Holmes, 58, an in-home day care provider for the past 25 years, has served on the village board for the past five years.
She said late Tuesday she planned to get in contact with McAllister to start planning for the future.
Holmes said one primary task will be finding ways to sell the village “as far as getting businesses in here.”
“We are a nice place to live,” she said.
Unlike the current administration, she said she’s less interested in dissolving the village and more concerned with getting people in the community involved.
McAllister and Galasso could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.
Murray said the numbers he was seeing made it clear he lost his seat as Cobleskill supervisor.
But the two-term supervisor, who took office when the town had no financial reserves, said he’ll be leaving office with about $1 million in the town’s rainy day fund in addition to a new water and sewer service extension decades in the making.
“I’m just so very proud of all my accomplishments, I certainly will hold my head high,” Murray said.
“Leo’s a good man, and if he needs anything in this transition I’m certainly there for him,” he added.
The unofficial results of Tuesday night will change once roughly 523 absentee ballots are opened and counted Nov. 19.
Results in the town of Blenheim were too close to call late Tuesday, but 11-term Republican Supervisor Robert Mann Jr. was trailing Democratic challenger and political newcomer Shawn Smith 64-70.
Jefferson Supervisor Daniel Singletary, who ran on the Conservative and Independence party lines, appeared to be another ousted incumbent — he was trailing Republican Sean Jordan with an unofficial tally of 185-245.
Neither Singletary nor Jordan could be reached for comment late Tuesday.
Leadership in the town of Wright was up in the air late Tuesday, but incumbent Republican Amber Bleau faced a three-vote deficit in her race against Democrat Karl Remmers with an unofficial tally of 317-320.
In Conesville, Republican Bill Federice beat out Democrat Joanne Noone 197-103 in the race to replace the retiring town supervisor.
Unlike some other incumbents, Sheriff Anthony Desmond fended off a dual challenge, drawing 4,148 votes to beat out both Deputy Todd Ethington, who earned 1,345 votes, and Cobleskill Police Chief Larry Travis, who got 3,117 votes.
Esperance Town Supervisor Earl Van Wormer III brushed off a challenge from village of Esperance Mayor Steven Miller, 361-216.
The political fate of Fulton Supervisor Phil Skowfoe, currently the Schoharie County Board of Supervisors chairman, was too close to call late Tuesday.
The Democrat held 214 votes compared with Republican Francis Tatten’s 212; the race could be decided by absentee ballots.