Election 2022

Marc Molinaro, First Red Hook High School Graduate to Enter Congress, Shares His Advice, Regrets and One Tough Moment

As the freshman class for the 118th Congress gathered in Washington D.C. two weeks ago for orientation, Red Hook’s native son and Congressman-elect, Marcus Molinaro (R-19), was among the dozens who descended on Capitol Hill.   Speaking to The Daily Catch from the visitor’s center below the U.S. Capitol building just before the Thanksgiving holiday, he took a step away […]

$4.2-Billion Environmental Bond Act Sails to Victory; Project List Yet to be Set

Carrying nearly 60 percent of the vote, the state’s first environmental bond issue in 26 years sailed to passage in Tuesday’s election.  Among 5,649,569 votes cast, 3,333,589 were in favor of the $4.2-billion measure, with 29 percent opposed, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Just over 12 percent of voters did not vote on the measure, possibly […]

In Nail-Biter, 18th District Congressional Seat Goes to Democrat Pat Ryan Over New Windsor Republican Colin Schmitt

Rep. Pat Ryan, who was catapulted onto the national stage after his Aug. 23 special election victory to represent the 19th Congressional district, secured a full term in the U.S. Congress Tuesday, fending off a challenge from the Republican State Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R-99). Ryan, who currently represents the district formerly held by Antonio Delgado, now the state’s lieutenant governor, […]

Red Hook’s Marc Molinaro, Once Nation’s Youngest Mayor in Tivoli, Wins Congressional Seat for NY-19 in Tight Race

Following a bruising defeat in the Aug. 23 special congressional election, Red Hook resident and Republican Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, once the nation’s youngest mayor, landed a seat in Congress Tuesday. The father of four narrowly edged out his Democratic challenger, attorney Josh Riley, in a bitter and expensive race to represent the new 19th Congressional district.  With all […]

State’s First Openly Transgender Candidate, Jillian Hanlon, Loses her Bid to Become Dutchess County Sheriff

Jillian Hanlon, an openly transgender candidate who sought to become the first woman in Dutchess County history to be elected to the post of sheriff, was handily defeated by Kirk Imperati, who has held the post since Adrian “Butch” Anderson died in office in 2021. With all votes tallied, Republican Imperati won 63,460 votes or 58 percent of the tally […]

Democrat Hinchey, 35, Wins 41st State Senate Seat Over Long-Term Incumbent Serino In Battle of Two Women Incumbents

In a race that pitted two female incumbents against one another for State Senate in the 41st district, Michelle Hinchey, the younger candidate and the one who grew up in politics as the daughter of a legendary congressman, won handily. Hinchey, 35, defeated long-term incumbent Sue Serino, 60, who has represented the district since 2015. Just after 11 p.m. Tuesday, […]

Climate Activist and Democratic Socialist Shrestha Routs Sheehan in 103rd State Assembly Race

Sarahana Shrestha, an upstart climate activist and political newcomer, coasted to victory Tuesday over her Republican opponent, Rhinebeck realtor Patrick Sheehan, to win a first term in the State Assembly representing the 103rd district.  With 127 of 127 precincts reporting at 11 p.m., Shrestha led Sheehan, 59 to 38 percent. Shrestha won 35,493 votes to 23,104 votes for Sheehan. “I […]

Signs, Swag and Strong Turnout Mark Bard’s First Election Day as the Only and Permanent Polling Spot for Red Hook’s District 5

Spirited signs, sweet swag, and strong turnout marked Election Day at Bard College, where students celebrated their campus’s designation, for the first time in history, as the permanent and only polling spot for District 5 in Red Hook. “It just feels so amazing that students and other people now have a truly accessible place to vote,” said Oliver Abrams, 19, […]

For Red Hook District 5 Voters, St. John’s Church in Barrytown Is Now Closed; Vote at Bard’s Bertelsmann Campus Center

 As Bard College procures a permanent voting location, voters today should take note of another change: the former voting location at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church on River Road in Barrytown will be closed. (Read our coverage of the Bard voting case). All District 5 voters should cast their ballots at Bard’s Bertelsmann Campus Center. (See a campus map […]

At the Doors with Michelle Hinchey: The Junior State Senator Hopes Her Policy Record Sways Independents and Holds Democrats

Editor’s Note: This is the third report by The Daily Catch on candidates’ door-knocking campaigns for State Assembly and State Senate. Republican Sue Serino did not respond to our invitation to allow our reporter to accompany her. We have covered both candidates for assembly, Republican Patrick Sheehan and Democrat Sarahana Shrestha. Today, we present our report on Michelle Hinchey’s visits. […]

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