Tague faces Kraat in 102nd Assembly District


GHENT—In the towns of Stockport and Stuyvesant voters will have two candidates to choose from in the race for the 102nd Assembly District. Incumbent Christopher Tague is running for reelection on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines against Democrat Betsy Kraat.

The 102nd District also consists of all of Greene and Schoharie counties along with parts of Delaware, Albany, Otsego and Ulster counties. Assembly members serve two-year terms. Read more…

Open Kinderhook seat draws two candidates


KINDERHOOK—Two people are running for one open seat on the Town Board this November. The vacancy was created when Patsy Leader was elected supervisor last year and had to resign her Town Board seat. In January, Supervisor Leader appointed Debbie Johnson to fill the seat for one year.

Ms. Johnson and Melissa Miller are now running to be elected to that seat for a one-year term. Read more…

New guidance aims to protect trick-or-treaters

GHENT—The village boards of Kinderhook and Chatham have come out with statements about the safety of trick-or-treating this Halloween. Village of Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle said in a phone interview that she hopes village residents will follow Governor Cuomo’s safety guidelines posted on the state’s website this year due to the pandemic. Chatham, which has hosted hundreds of children and families on the holiday in the past, is discouraging people from going door-to-door. Kinderhook sent out a message about safe Halloween activities, listing guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In early October, the Village of Chatham posted a statement on its Facebook page saying, “Due to challenges associated with Covid-19, the Chatham Village Board is requesting that Halloween trick-or-treating be limited to visiting only family and close friends. This follows the guidance from the governor’s office. Kinderhook Street will not be closed this year due to those restrictions. The Village Board asks that everyone take advantage and support our local fire departments, who will be teaming up to provide a drive-through Halloween Trick or Treating experience on the Chatham Fair grounds from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. or when the candy runs out. Your cooperation and patience during these difficult times is appreciated.” Read more…

Two seek Copake seat created at last election


COPAKE—The Copake Town Board has been one member short since January.

On November 3, voters will fill that vacant seat with one of two candidates, both of whom have sought town office before.

In the only local political race in town, Andrew Fisher and Jeffrey Judd face off. Read more…

Two vie for Hillsdale supervisor

HILLSDALE—There are two candidates running for a three-year term as town supervisor. Former Town Justice and Councilman Christian G. Kersten and Councilwoman Robina Ward. The term was created by the resignation of Town Supervisor Peter Cipkowski, who was in the first year of his second term when he moved to California.

Each of the candidates responded to a questionnaire from The Columbia Paper which includes a statement by each. Read more…