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North East Election Results 2011

These results are unofficial until certified by the Dutchess County Board of Elections.Incumbent for town supervisor, Dave Sherman, who ran on the Democratic and Republican lines, was knocked out by newcomer John Merwin, who ran on the North East United line.Merwin received 439 votes, roughly 54 percent of the overall votes. Sherman received 374 votes.Five people were running for the two open council seats.Republican George Kaye received 428 votes, roughly 27.9 percent of the overall vote, and Democrat Ralph Fedele secured 326 votes, or 21.3 percent of the overall vote.Kaye and Fedele beat out Jon Arnason, 320 votes, David McGhee, 257 votes, and Charles “Chip” Barrett, 201 votes.Nancy Davis-Vialpando, a Democrat on the Independence line, received 524 votes in the unopposed race for town clerk.John Crodelle ran unopposed on the Republican and Democratic lines for town justice, pulling in 640 votes.

Passing the torch in town governmentHARLEM VALLEY — The Nov. 8 elections may be done with, but for those who won the many races throughout the Harlem Valley they won’t be able to take office until after the new year.Newly elected officials get sworn into office during organizational meetings in New York, held after the first of the year. Municipalities decide when they will hold those organizational meetings, typically setting the date at their monthly meetings in December. Town and village boards usually aim to set those meetings as close to Jan. 1 as possible, and announce the “reorg meeting” date through legal notices in their local papers. For the towns of North East, Amenia, Pine Plains, Washington and the village of Millbrook, check for those notices in The Millerton News.And don’t forget to look for full coverage of the 2011 elections in the Nov. 17 issue of The Millerton News, with reactions and insights from those who will be taking office in your hometown come the new year.

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