Fedele is in
NORTH EAST — The Dutchess County Board of Elections released the official election results for the town of North East, confirming Democrat Ralph Fedele’s place on the Town Board.The unofficial results, which were released minutes after the polls closed on Tuesday, Nov. 8, showed Fedele ahead of Jon Arnason by six votes, which meant that there was potential for Arnason to come out ahead once the mail-in ballots were tallied.Republican George Kaye secured the other open seat on the Town Board, ousting incumbent Councilman Dave McGhee; there were two open board seats this election cycle. Councilman Carl Stahovec did not pursue another term in office.The official results show that Kaye received 442 votes, Fedele received 361, Arnason received 356, McGhee received 271 and Charles “Chip” Barrett received 211.In the race for town supervisor, the official numbers did not change the outcome shown by the unofficial report. John Merwin won the position with 463 votes versus incumbent Dave Sherman’s 415 votes.The Dutchess County Board of Elections did not begin counting absentee votes until two weeks after Election Day, and it took several days to complete the tally.The Board of Elections also released the results for Pine Plains, which also had close unofficial numbers. The official results confirmed that George Keeler and James Jackson won the two open seats on the Town Board.Keeler received 379 votes, Jackson received 369, Scott Chase received 358 and incumbent Robert Couse lost his seat as he received only 331 votes.The official votes tally for town supervisor still showed Democrat Brian Coons well ahead of incumbent Gregg Pulver, a Republican. Coons received 435 votes and Pulver received 327.The Board of Elections released the official results for the towns and villages in which there was a contested vote or potential for the official results to differ drastically from the unofficial results.Republican Commissioner of Elections Erik Haight said the official results for the other town and village elections — including Amenia, Washington and Millbrook — would be released at a later date. He said that none of those town received enough absentee ballots to change the results shown by the unofficial numbers released on Election Day.