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A new Nyack Mayor, a Democratic county legislature supermajority, and more election results countywide…

Rockland voters went to the polls Tuesday to elect leaders for dozens of county, town, and village roles — a new mayor for Nyack, a historic shift in the county legislature, and a return to office for many incumbents to their seats countywide. 

Democrats took a supermajority in the Rockland County Legislature for the first time ever, flipping two seats with wins by Dana Stilley in Legislative District 17 and Jesse Malowitz in District 12. Stilley is the first Black woman ever elected to the Rockland County Legislature. 

Democrat Beth Davidson, a former Nyack School Board member, also beat Republican Ray Francis to win a seat on the legislature, replacing Harriet Cornell (D), who is retiring after serving nearly 40 years on the legislature. 

The increase in Democrats on the 17-member legislature, which oversees an $870 million budget including the Sheriff’s office, courts, tourism, transportation, mental health, means that the group will have veto-proof oversight of County Executive Ed Day. 

Democrat Joseph Rand, who ran unopposed, was elected Mayor of Nyack, along with Trustees Nathalie Riobe and Joe Carlin. 

In Orangetown, Republican Theresa Kenny ran unopposed and won reelection as Town Supervisor, while Republican candidates Jerry Bottari and Paul Valentine beat Democratic challengers to retain their seats on the Town Council. 

In Clarkstown, Republican George Hoehmann won a fifth term as Town Supervisor over Democrat Justin Sweet. Hoehmann had come under fire for suing the town to void a term limits law that he had advocated for and voted for when he was a councilman. For the Clarkstown Town Council:

Ward 1: Republican Mark Woods Jr. beat Democrat Monica Ferguson for an open seat

Ward 2: Republican Mike Graziano was reelected over Democratic challenger Elaine Philhower 

Ward 3: Republican Don Franchino was reelected over Democrat Carl Washington

Ward 4: Democratic incumbent Pat Carroll was reelected in a close race against Republican Dan Caprara

District Attorney Tom Walsh survived a write-in campaign to be reelected and Sheriff Lou Falco was reelected, running unopposed. 

For all election results countywide, head to the Rockland County Board of Elections website.

Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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