Checking in with the Sullivan County primaries

Posted 7/1/21

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — “We’re like the [voting] machine,” said a Highland poll worker. “We’re here to help people do what they want.”

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Checking in with the Sullivan County primaries


SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — “We’re like the [voting] machine,” said a Highland poll worker. “We’re here to help people do what they want.”

That machine was well in motion on June 22, as six towns across Sullivan County held their primary elections. While the official results remain to be seen, unofficial results have been published for each race.

Highland had its Republican primary, with three candidates battling for two councilman nominations. Christopher Tambini and Kaitlin Haas won the nominations, and Haas would go on to win another nomination from the Democratic caucus on the following night (see story above).

Rockland had a Republican primary as well, with candidates seeking candidacy for superintendent of highways. Roger Decker received the nomination, beating out Vincent Dressel and Jamie L. Parsons.

Both Republican and Conservative primaries were held in Neversink, each for a town justice nomination. Michael J. Scagnelli won both nominations, winning over Keri Ann P. Poley.

Fallsburg had Democratic primaries, nominating candidates for councilman and for members of the county committee. Nathan Steingart and Michael Bensimon won the two open nominations, with 176 and 145 votes respectively.

While the Fallsburg, Neversink and Rockland primaries were all well attended, each with over 100 ballots cast, things were different elsewhere in the county.

Bethel had Conservative primaries for councilman and county committee positions. Only 38 people turned out to vote, choosing William J. Crumley and Lillian M. Hendrickson as candidates for the town council. But in accordance with New York State law, the polls remained open all day, and had been open for nine days of early voting beforehand.

“I just don’t see how it’s cost-­effective,” said one Bethel poll worker. She said that while extended primary voting times might make sense for New York City, it was excessive for what a Bethel Conservative primary needed.

The same could be said for Thompson, which had a Conservative primary for county committee seats in its first election district. Only six people cast ballots, with two others showing up from the wrong electoral district and thus being unable to vote.

For the full unofficial results, see


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