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November 6, 2012

Local officials expect big turnout

Tight White House race points to packed polls

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Ross, who is also one of the county’s two elections commissioners, said preparations for today’s elections were going smoothly — with the exception of some voters who were confused by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement that Garden State voters impacted by Hurricane Sandy could email or send telephone facsimiles of their votes to elections officials. That offer, Ross noted, does not extend to any voters in New York.

More than any other local race this year, the Gibson-Schreibman matchup has been marked by strident attacks and counter-attacks that have been stitched into television commercials, some of which have been funded by political action committees steeped in experience with hardball politics.

Delaware County GOP Chairwoman Maria Kelso said she has been appalled with what she maintained was overly harsh criticism of Gibson.

“He is one of the only politicians who gives his military pension back to the government,” she said. “The ads against him have been absolutely disgusting. I just hope people are smarter than that.”

Schreibman has bristled at an ad launched against him in early October by the National Republican Congressional Committee, which took the Democrat to task for representing an accountant accused of fraud. Schreibman decried what he called “shameful tactics” and “twisted logic.” The Republican group ended up pulling the ad.

In Delaware County today, voters will determine whether to keep County Judge Carl Becker, a Stamford resident, on the bench or replace him with Gary Rosa, a Democrat who serves as the Middletown town justice.

In a contest for Chenango County judge, Norwich attorney Frank Revoir, a Republican who stunned District Attorney Joseph McBride in the GOP primary, faces Diane DiStefano, an assistant public defender and a Democrat from Norwich.

In Delaware County, local political activists say a five-way contest for two seats on the Sidney Town Board is shaping up as a referendum on pro-drilling town Supervisor Bob McCarthy, even though the latter’s term is not up this year. Republicans John Schaeffer and Gregory McCann are opposed by two Democrats, William Heath and Tobias Whitaker. Also competing for a Sidney board seat is R. Eugene Pigford of the Authenticity Party.

In the Otsego County town of Otsego, Democrat Thomas Hohensee and Republican Paul Russo are vying for a seat on the town board.

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