Fran Knapp

Hudson Valley News
1:14 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Amid Charges Comes Concern About Voter Confidence

Democratic Elections Commissioner Knapp
Credit Dutchess County Board of Elections

With the indictment of the Dutchess County Democratic elections commissioner and a former Republican elections commissioner on misconduct and other alleged violations of election law, the job of ensuring voting integrity begins.

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Hudson Valley News
1:52 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Former County Exec Dies; Elected Officials Talk About Her Influence

Credit Courtesy of Dutchess Democratic Women's Caucus

A former Dutchess County executive died Wednesday. She broke several barriers and, to this day, remains the county’s only woman and Democratic county executive to have held the office.

Lucille Pattison became Dutchess County executive in 1978 through a special election, after having served on the county legislature since 1973. The first woman Democratic county executive in the United States, Pattison was reelected for the next two terms, retiring in 1991. Marc Molinaro, a Republican, is the current Dutchess County executive.

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