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Election results show a few surprises

The results from the state and local elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8 revealed a few surprises and some close races in Dutchess County.

Michelle Hinchey (D, WF) beat long-time State Senator Sue Serino (R,C,I) in the 41st Senate District race, 72,149 votes to Serino’s 65,557.

In the three regional congressional races, the results were:

In the 17th Congressional District, Michael Lawler (R) won with 146,883 votes (50.58%) over Sean Patrick Maloney (D) in a close race with Maloney getting 137,633 votes (49.42%).

In the 18th District, Pat Ryan (D) got 131,301 votes to Colin Schmitt’s (R) 129,125 votes.

In the 19th District, Marc Molinaro (R), whose district has moved due to redistricting, won the election with 142,708 votes over Josh Riley’s (D) 136,547 votes.

Congressional terms are for two years.

In the race for Dutchess County Sheriff, Kirk Imperati (R) won with 63,460 votes over Jillian Hanlon (D, WF), who came in with 45,752. votes. This race was notable as it is the first time since 1999 that there was an election for sheriff; since that time, Sheriff Adrian (Butch) Anderson had run unopposed. Imperati replaced Anderson after his sudden death in 2021.

It is also notable as Hanlon announced her candidacy at the same time she acknowledged that she was transgender. Both Hanlon and Imperati are veterans of the Sheriff’s Office, both having worked under Anderson. Term is four years.

In Assembly races, the winners are: 106th District, incumbent Didi Barrett (D) beat Brandon Craig Gaylord (R) 18,538 to 15,051.

The only race in the Village of Millbrook was for two seats on the Village Board: incumbent Peter Doro (R) held onto his seat with 368 votes: Patrick Murphy (R) garnered 380 votes to gain a seat, while Buffy Arbogast (D, WF) got 358 votes and Joseph Libonati (D, WF) got 290. This is a four year position.

The town of Pine Plains voted for Town Clerk: Madelin Dafoe ran on both the Democratic and Republican ticket; she received 984 votes. They also voted for Town Justice, won by Ibis Guzman (R)with 651 votes to 364 votes for Stella Isaza. Superintendent of Highways was won by Carl Baden, with 486 write-in votes.

Statewide, Proposition One, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Bond Act of 2022 passed with 65,775 yes to 40,402 no votes.

As of Friday, Nov. 11 results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections were unofficial.

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