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Dutchess County Legislature Will See Many New Faces

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolinson, right, is running for mayor in the City of Poughkeepsie, so is giving up his seat as a legislator. Four other county legislators are not seeking re-election, and two others lost major party backing.
Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolinson, right, is running for mayor in the City of Poughkeepsie, so is giving up his seat as a legislator. Four other county legislators are not seeking re-election, and two others lost major party backing. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The 25-member Dutchess County Legislature is expected to seat at least seven new members in January due to incumbents stepping aside or losing September primary runoffs.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

County legislators serve two-year terms and are paid $15,450 annually.

Five sitting legislators are not seeking re-election, while two other incumbents failed to secure major party ballot lines.

Republicans currently control a voting majority, with 15 seats to the Democrats' eight legislative seats. There is one Conservative Party legislator, Robert Weiss of Hopewell Junction.

In District 9, incumbent Gwen Johnson of the City of Poughkeepsie lost a Democratic primary runoff to Kari Rieser, but her name will appear on the Independence Party ballot line.

In District 22, which includes Beekman and Union Vale, incumbent Republican Gerald Hutchings of LaGrangeville will appear on the Independence and Reform lines against challenger Marc Coviello of Beekman, who secured both the Democratic and Republican lines and is running with the "We The People" team.

Two legislative leaders are not seeking re-election.

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison, a Republican, is giving up his county seat to run for mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie. Assistant Minority Leader Alison MacAvery, a Democrat representing Fishkill and Beacon, is leaving after 10 years for family obligations.

Two former county legislators want to return to the Dutchess legislature, seeking MacAvery's vacated District 16 seat: John Forman, a Republican, against Anthony Sciarrone, a Democrat.

In District 19 -- which includes North East, Stanford, Milan and Pine Plains -- former legislator Debra Blalock, a Democrat, is challenging Republican incumbent A. Gregg Pulver.

Dominick Ignaffo of Hyde Park, a Green Party member appointed to fill Republican Sue Serino's vacated seat in January when she became a state senator, also decided against running.

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