Tuesday, April 19, 2011

THR: Ballots Crowded for New Paltz Election

NEW PALTZ — No one in the village of New Paltz can complain they're suffering from a lack of candidates for government office this year.

No fewer than four people are running for mayor, while nine others are running for three seats on the five-member Village Board.

The four mayoral candidates are Jason West, Peter Healey, Jon Cohen and Jean Gallucci.
West gained notoriety when he officiated at 24 gay marriages seven years ago.

Healey is the co-founder of the community's Green Party and a former village trustee who lost his seat two years ago by a single vote.

Cohen is the owner of The Groovy Blueberry clothing store and ran unsuccessfully for mayor four years ago.
Gallucci is a longtime village trustee who has served as mayor since the incumbent, Terry Dungan, suffered a stroke in December. Dungan has announced he will not be running again.

Cohen's wife, Amy, and former SUNY New Paltz student Emily Crocetti are running for four-year terms on the board on the Groovy Blueberry ticket, while Sally Rhoads and Martin Sherow are running on the One Community ticket, along with Stewart Glenn, who is running for a two-year term.

Three people are running as individuals for a four-year seat: Ariana Basco, Rick Bundt and Kip Ruger. Incumbent Trustee Shari Osborn is running for a two-year term.

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