Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Town Caucus Update

The state Board of Elections has released the 2009 political calendar.

Close watchers of Town of New Paltz politics know that the real town election is at the Democratic caucus. Given the high proportion of registered Democrats, winning the nomination at the caucus is pretty much a sure bet for winning in November. Seats up this year include town supervisor, two town board seats, and highway superintendent. (Do any readers know the terms of the town clerk and town justice? They may be up too if their terms are two years.)

According to this year's calendar, the earliest possible date that the Democratic Committee can set the date is June 9th. Look here to see my earlier post about my problems with a June caucus.

Monday, May 4th is the next Democratic Committee meeting (Village Hall, 7pm) -- most likely the committee will be setting the date for the caucus. Registered Democrats can attend. I'm not going (it's my birthday!) but I will be sure to report back to Gadfly readers the next chapter in the story as soon as it is revealed...

Also -- Village residents! Check out the village board debate on Channel 23 broadcast live from Village Hall on this Friday night, goodness gracious that is May 1st already!

kt tobin flusser


Anonymous said...

Town Clerk has been changed to every 4 years and will not be up this year. Town Justice will be this year and Jonathan Katz has his eye on upgrading to Ulster County court. - LB

Anonymous said...

Are just the incumbents running or might a gadfly or some other candidate appear?

kt tobin flusser said...

At this point I can confirm that incumbents Toni Hokanson, Jeff Logan, Kitty Brown, and Phil Johnson are running. The only opponents I am aware of -- the Dem Committee has not yet released the names of interested opponents -- is Michael Nielson for Highway Superintent.