Orange County voters will choose two thirds of the county Legislature and a slew of town supervisors when they head to the polls or cast absentee ballots for mostly county and municipal contests on the Nov. 2 ballot. Early voting begins Oct. 23.© ALLYSE PULLIAM/FOR THE TIMES HERALD-RECORD James Murphy, left emerges from a voting booth while Scott Manley, right waits to receive his ballot for the 2020 presidential election at Fostertown Elementary in Newburgh, NY on November 3, 2020. ALLYSE PULLIAM/For the Times-Herald Record
Here's what's on the ballot in Orange County this year:
Balance of power in legislature up for grabs
Candidates are competing for 14 of the 21 county Legislature seats, with the other seven legislators running unopposed for re-election. The outcome will reset the party split for the next four years, after Republicans dominated with 15 members for the last term.
Hot legislature race among those to watch
Among the Legislature races to watch is one between veteran GOP lawmaker Steve Brescia and Democratic challenger Fran Fox-Pizzonia. Brescia has served nearly three decades on the Legislature and was its chairman until recently, which normally would be a strong edge in a district in which he also has been Montgomery mayor for 32 years.
But he has faced political heat after a series of recent controversies that caused him to relinquish his leadership post and led seven colleagues to say he should surrender his seat as well. Those calls were prompted by a sexual harassment complaint against him by an employee based on an insulting remark he reportedly made.
Two legislative races each have three candidates - a Republican, a Democrat and a third-party contender - vying to replacing a retiring legislator. Those races are in District 6, the Newburgh seat that Democrat Jim Kulisek is vacating, and District 10, the Chester-Warwick seat that Republican John Vero is leaving.
New county clerk for Orange
Voters will elect a successor for County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, a Republican who is retiring from that office after eight years. Deputy County Clerk Kelly Eskew, also a Republican, and Democrat Anthony Grice, an elementary-school reading teacher and Newburgh city councilman, are competing for the clerk's seat.
That is the only contested race for a countywide seat this year. County Executive Steve Neuhaus and District Attorney David Hoovler, both of them second-term Republicans, are running unopposed for their third four-year terms. The next sheriff's race is in 2022.
Town supervisors: Some new, some contested, some unopposed
Nine of Orange County's 21 towns have contested supervisor races. Three have no incumbent on the ballot and will elect a new supervisor: Goshen, Mount Hope and Woodbury. The others are Cornwall, Crawford, Highlands, New Windsor, Tuxedo and Wallkill.
Two supervisor races have the unusual situation of incumbents running on a major-party line other than their own.
In Cornwall, Supervisor Richard Randazzo lost a Democratic primary in June to town councilman Josh Wojehowski, and is now running on the Republican ballot line against Wojehowski in the general election.
In New Windsor, Supervisor George Meyers, a Republican who ran on both the GOP and Democratic lines in 2019, is running this time on the Democratic line against GOP councilman Stephen Bedetti. Meyers chose not to run in a GOP primary in June after the town Republican Committee narrowly endorsed Bedetti over him.
This article originally appeared on Times Herald-Record: What's at stake in Orange this election: Balance of power in legislature, some town races
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