A number of candidates took to the stage in Putnam County Wednesday in races ranging from county legislator to state Senate.
Putnam County voters have a few local races of note to decide November 4. There is a race for Putnam County Executive, pitting incumbent Republican MaryEllen Odell against longtime Democratic County Legislator Sam Oliverio. Odell says it’s possible voter turnout could be high given a number of contentious races, including for state Senate seats.
A newspaper in the Hudson Valley that at the end of last year published an online, interactive gun map with the names and addresses of legal pistol permit holders has sued the lone county that refused to hand over information.
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.