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Rockland Elections: What To Know Before Heading To The Polls

Election Day in Valley Cottage
Election Day in Valley Cottage Photo Credit: File photo

There are 21 different races in Rockland where residents will elect their Congressional and State Legislature representatives, as well as their local leaders, mayors, and town court judges.

Daily Voice has already highlighted three races to watch in the county. Here is a rundown of who voters will see on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Rockland.

Carlucci v. DePrisco, Jaffee v. Chabot, Skoufis v. Schmitt: Three Races To Watch In Rockland.

*Each race has one open seat unless otherwise noted

Senatorial District 39 : In his 38th year in the New York State Legislature, Sen. William Larkin (R) faces off against Chris Eachus (D), a longtime educator. Eachus lost to Larkin in 2012. Stony Point and Haverstraw are included in this district.

Assembly District 98 : Incumbent Karl Brabenec (R) from Orange County faces a challenge from Rockland County Legislator and former East Ramapo Board of Education president Aron Wieder (D) from Spring Valley. The portions of Rockland in this district include all of the village of Sloatsburg and parts of Monsey, Kaser, Spring Valley, Montebello, and Wesley Hills. Wieder is also on the Conservative, Independence, Green, Women's Equality and Reform party lines; Bradenec is also on the Tax Cuts Now line.

Rockland County Court Justice (Two seats) : Democrats Larry Schwartz and Kevin Russo, Republican Pat Loftus, and Howard Gerber, who is running on the Women’s Equality and Reform line, square off for two seats that carry a 10-year term. Schwartz is also on the Conservative, Working Families, and Independence parties line; Loftus is also on the Conservative, Green, and Reform parties line; Russo is on the Green, and Working Families party line; Gerber is also on the Reform line.

Clarkstown Town Council : Adrienne Carey (R), who was appointed to fill a vacated seat on the town council in May, will face off against challenger Dan Caprara (D). The Clarkstown Town Council is currently dominated by the GOP, 4-1. Caprara is also on the Conservative, Working Families, and Independence party lines; Carey additionally on the Reform line.

Ramapo Town Council : Not even 12 months passed before Samuel Tress resigned from the Ramapo Town Council after being elected in November 2015. Tress vacated his seat to avoid prison time after favoring a zoning change that benefitted a project he held a financial stake in . Running to serve the remainder of Tress’s unexpired term are Michael Rossman (D) and William Weber (R) .

Nyack Village Trustee (Two seats) : Trustee Louise Parker (D), fellow Democrat Donna Lightfoot Cooper, and Barbara Cohig, who is on the Working Families Party line, are vying for two open seats on the board of trustees. Cooper is also on the Working Families Party line.

Suffern Village Trustee (Two seats) : Republican incumbents Bob Morris and Joseph Russo hope to be reelected while Democrat Henry Sussman hopes to fill one of their seats. Russo and Morris are also on the Reform and Conservative line; Sussman is also on the Working Families line.

There are also a number of uncontested races. Here they are and their candidates:

  • Congressional District 12 (all of Rockland): Nita Lowey (D)
  • Assembly District 96 (Clarkstown, Haverstraw, parts of Ramapo): Ken Zebrowski (D)
  • Haverstraw Town Justice: John Grant
  • Stony Point Council: Michael Puccio
  • Haverstraw Village Board of Trustees (Two seats): Emily Dominguez and Joel Santana
  • Piermont Board of Trustees (Two seats): Richard Owen Burns and Lisa M. Defeciani
  • Sloatsburg Mayor: Carl S. Wright
  • Sloatsburg Board of Trustees (Two seats): Thomas Buckley, Jr. and Daniel O’Leary III
  • West Haverstraw Town Justice: Richard Pakola

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