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Pine Plains Election Results 2011

These results are unofficial until certified by the Dutchess County Board of Elections.With 419 votes (approximately 57.1 percent), Democrat Brian Coons defeated Republican incumbent Gregg Pulver, who had 315 votes.The races for the two town council positions were very close.Republican George Keeler, 365 votes (26.4 percent), and James Jackson, 358 votes (25.8 percent), beat out Scott Chase, 344 votes, and Robert Couse, 318 votes.James Mara and Richard Diaz filled the two open assessor positions. Mara got 530 votes (57.1 percent) and Diaz got 398 votes (42.9 percent).With 586 votes, Judy Harpp was re-elected as town clerk in an unopposed race.Barry Hay was re-elected in the unopposed race for superintendent of highways with 568 votes.Christi Acker received 612 votes for town justice in an unopposed race.

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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