The Orange County Political Races...
The contest for who will be the first Orange County executive after Ed Diana, who first won the office in 2001 after 12 years as a county legislature, will pit Roxanne Donnery, county legislator for the 14th District (Highlands and Woodbury) on the Democratic Party line, against Steve Neuhaus, the Republican town supervisor of Chester.
Donnery is best known for her stalwart support for maintaining the Valley View nursing home. She hit the headlines in 2005 for her determined resistance to a pipeline plan for water to Kiryas Joel. In the past couple of years she has battled Diana over Valley View and proposed changes to the county government building. Neuhaus is currently serving as a lieutenant in the Seabees, following five years in the United States Navy Reserves. He is a conservative Republican with a record of support for the tax cap and public pension reform.
In Orange County's 18th legislative district, won by Democrat Roseanne Sullivan last November with a handful of votes, the district has been newly reapportioned. Now all of the Town of Crawford will sit within the district and the eastern parts that were formerly in Steve Brescia's 9th District (Montgomery) have been shifted to the 18th. At the same time, several precincts in the Town of Wallkill have been moved into the 9th and out of the 18th.
Sullivan is running again, although she has noted that the district's reconfiguration would not help her reelection bid. She reiterated her belief, however, that her election last November was due to her stand on the Valley View issue, above all else, and that Valley View would again be the most important factor in the campaign.
Opposing Sullivan will be Mark Coyne, another resident of the Town of Wallkill. Coyne currently sits on the Town of Wallkill Planning Board.
The Republican slate for the Town of Crawford, meanwhile, is full with Charles Carnes running again for town supervisor, Kelly Eskew for town clerk. Dan Flanick and Mike Menendez seeking reelection to their seats on the town board, and Larry Marshall running for reelection as highway superintendent. Both incumbent town justices, Bryan Kulak and Jane Harrington, are also running again, as is town tax collector Connie Latimer.
On the Democratic side, Carl Farris is running for supervisor. Lynn Lemyre and Andrea Nilon are running for the town board; Kathy Selear is running for town clerk and Marc Brunetti is running for town justice.
More details over the coming months...