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Jonke Wins Open Putnam Legislative Seat; Albano, Sullivan Cruise To Wins

The Putnam County Legislature, pictured in its current composition, will include two newcomers due to a pair of open seats.
The Putnam County Legislature, pictured in its current composition, will include two newcomers due to a pair of open seats. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Paul Jonke has won the race for a contested open seat for the Putnam County Legislature's sixth district, unofficial results show.

The results, which are from the Putnam County Board of Elections, show that Jonke won with 3,046 votes (60.04 percent), while opponent Jen Cassidy received 2,027 (39.96 percent).

Returns for all 20 of the legislative district's overlapping electoral districts have come in.

The sixth district seat is currently held by Republican Roger Gross, who did not run for another term.

Jonke ran on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party ballot lines, while Cassidy ran on the Democratic and Women's Equality Party lines.

The sixth district covers the northern and eastern parts of the town of Southeast. It is the only one that has a contested legislative race.

Meanwhile, incumbent Carl Albano cruised to victory in his re-election bid to represent the fifth district, which covers northeastern Carmel and a small part of Kent. Unofficial results show that Albano received 3,370 votes (99.47 percent)

Albano ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party ballot lines. Results for all 16 of the legislative district's corresponding electoral districts are in.

Residents in the ninth district, which covers parts of Mahopac and Mahopac Falls, have elected newcomer Neal Sullivan. The seat is currently held by Legislator Kevin Wright, who declined to run for re-election.

Unofficial results show that Sullivan, who ran unopposed, received 3,472 votes (99.74 percent).

Sullivan ran on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party ballot lines.

With the election results, the partisan composition of the nine-member legislature will remain the same. It is currently an all-Republican body, although it contains different ad-hoc factions centered around views on controversial county issues, particularly in relation to County Executive (and fellow Republican) MaryEllen Odell.

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