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Hudson Dems say change influenced their primary votes Tuesday

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    People lined up to vote in the Democratic primaries in Hudson at the 4th Ward polling spot, 401 State St., Tuesday.
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    People lined up to vote in the Democratic primaries in Hudson at the 4th Ward polling spot, 401 State St., Tuesday.
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    Campaign lawn signs for the Democratic primaries in Hudson outside the 4th Ward polling site on State Street.
September 12, 2017 11:35 pm Updated: September 14, 2017 11:55 am


Registered Democrats in Hudson cited a need for change as the reason for the way they voted at the polls in the local primaries for common council and the county board of supervisors.

Tuesday was primary day with Democratic primaries in the city for common council president, five for alderman positions and two for supervisor positions, as well as an Independence Party primary for common council president and 4th Ward supervisor with no candidate on the ballot.

Greenport had an Independence Party primary for town board with one person running, incumbent Clayton Clark Jr., and town supervisor between incumbent Edward Nabozny and newcomer Kathy Leck Eldridge, and Clermont also had an Independence Party primary with no candidate listed on the ballot.

Polls were open from noon until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

“I voted for people who want to see the city moving forward and think progressively,” said Seth Rogovoy, who voted in the 4th Ward Democratic primaries. “I look for people who have a big picture, a vision, who can be inclusive.”

Registered Democrats from the 4th Ward had to choose between the two people running for the common council president nomination, Stephen Dunn and Tom DiPietro; three common council candidates, Lauren Scalera, Rich “Trixie” Volo and John Rosenthal; and two supervisor candidates, incumbent William Hughes Jr. and Time & Space Ltd. co-founder Linda Mussmann.

“I know [Hughes] and I think he has done a great job. I have no problem with him. He has lots of experience, but I felt it was time for a change,” Rogovoy said. “I like Linda. She has done a lot in Hudson. I thought I would give her a chance.”

Karen Schoemer, who recently moved to Hudson’s 4th Ward, said she personally knew most of the candidates for whom she voted.

“I worked in Hudson for years, but I just moved here,” Schoemer said. “I am familiar with several of the issues facing the city such as waterfront development and social justice issues in Hudson. I voted for these people because I know them to be people who will address these issues.”

Schoemer said she voted for Mussmann for 4th Ward supervisor.

“She has done a lot in the city,” Schoemer said. “She is a tremendous activist in the city.”

Rogovoy said he voted for Rosenthal and Volo for common council, saying, “I think they fit the criteria and have energy and vision.”

Schoemer said she voted for Volo as well, “[Volo] is a tireless advocate for Pride in the city.”

“[Rosenthal] I can tell follows the issues and has important things to say about the issues,” Schoemer said.

Rogovoy said he was not as impressed with Scalera, the incumbent for the 4th Ward council seat.

“I have never met her and she has not said much in council since she has been on the council,” Rogovoy said.

He said he had a tough choice for common council president, but ultimately voted for DiPietro.

“[DiPietro] has been very active and I think it is important for people to work their way up,” Rogovoy said. “DiPietro strikes me as the kind of person who can work with people and get things done and handle the tough job he is running for.”

DiPietro was recently chairman of the City Planning Board and Dunn, a member of the City Zoning Board of Appeals, was instrumental in the city’s redistricting effort in the city.

Schoemer said she voted for DiPietro because she believes him to have honesty and integrity.

“He also seems like he can get along with people and work with people,” she said.

The 3rd Ward primaries, in which Laura Langlie voted in Tuesday, included a supervisor race between two newcomers, former 3rd Ward Alderman John Friedman and former Columbia County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Chameides.

Langlie said she was thinking about affordable housing and the Colarusso haul road when she was making her decisions Tuesday.

“The candidates I voted for are more willing to address those issues,” Langlie said. “The truck route needs to be rerouted.”