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Democratic Primary

Primary Results Could Take Weeks To Count

Primary Results Could

Take Weeks To Count

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

New York State’s – and Otsego County’s – primary elections were Tuesday, June 23, but the results won’t be known for at least a week.

That’s because, due to the coronavirus threat, all Otsego County voters – and all voters statewide – received absentee ballots in the mail, along with a postal return envelope, and many took advantage of the opportunity for absentee voting, avoiding any infection at polling places.

The mailed-in ballots had to be postmarked Tuesday, June 23, and must be received by the county Board of Elections by June 30, when the counting begins, according to Lori Lehenbauer, the Republican elections commissioner.

Statewide, 1,744,931 absentee ballots were mailed out and, even before primary day, 157,885 had been sent back, according to the state Board of Elections, which said it is expecting an “unprece-
dented number of voters.”

Locally, 7,550 ballots were mailed out this year. In 2016, the last year of a presidential primary, 317 came back, according to Mike Henrici, the Democratic elections commissioner. This year, the vote will be “a lot bigger,” he predicted.

In Oneonta and Cooperstown, there were three ballots:

• For the Democratic presidential primary. It included Joe Biden’s name; experts say he already has the nomination wrapped up. But it also includes 10 other names, from Pete Buttigieg to Tulsi Gabbard, all who suspended their campaigns after the filing date. Bernie Sanders’ supporters objected to cancelling the state’s primary, hoping to gain delegates that will give them more leverage at the National Convention Aug. 17-20 in Milwaukee.

• For the 19th Congressional District, where Republicans will decide between lawyer Kyle Van De Water of Millbrook and Ola Hawatmeh, a Poughkeepsie native and fashion designer. The winner will challenge
Antonio Delgado, Millbrook, the Democratic freshman, in November. The district includes all or part of 11 counties.

• For the 121st Assembly District, where Democrats were choosing between Oneonta’s Dan Buttermann who is competing with Corey Mosher, a Hamilton farmer. The winner will challenge Republican freshman John Salka of Brookfield in November. The district includes Oneonta, Cooperstown and Richfield Springs, the county’s three largest population centers, plus Madison and part of Oneida counties.

Instead of the 121st ballot, voters in the towns of Morris, Butternuts and Unadilla received the 122nd Assembly District ballot, to decide a four-way Republican primary.

Former Otsego County Board chairman Jim Powers was vying with three other Republicans to succeed Clifford Crouch, Bainbridge, who is retiring.

The other three are Nick Libous of Binghamton, the former state senator’s son; Victor Furman, also of Binghamton, running with support of NaturalGasNow, and Joe Angelino, former Norwich police chief.

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Hall Of Famer Alan Trammel

Scheduled At Zoom Discussion


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Tillapaugh, Katz, Endorse Buttermann For Assembly
Debate Held Tonight Over Zoom

Tillapaugh, Katz, Endorse

Buttermann For Assembly


COOPERSTOWN – Ahead of his democratic primary debate against Corey Mosher, Assembly candidate Dan Buttermann has received endorsements from Mayor Jeff Katz and current Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh for the 121st Assembly District seat.

“I’ve known Dan for years,” said Katz. “He’s a great listener, engaged and active, and a thoughtful person. More than that, he’s a good and decent man, exactly the kind of person we need in the Assembly. I fully endorse Dan Buttermann for Assembly in the 121st District.”

Davies, Shue Take Oneonta Democratic Primary




Carolyn Cooper, with daughter, Mora, was the last person to vote in the Oneonta Common Council democratic primary at Foothills this evening. (Jennifer Hill/

ONEONTA – Mark Davies, Ward 2, and Kaytee Lipari Shue, Ward 4, will both appear on the Democratic ballot line for Oneonta Common Council this November after hammering opponents Seth Clark and Jerid Goss in today’s primary.

Both were endorsed by the city Democratic Committee.

Without write-ins counted, Davies received 95 votes to Clark’s five, and Shue got 49 votes to Goss’ 11. However, both Clark and Goss will run on the Republican and Independence lines in November.


Delgado Wins Schoharie


Delgado Wins Schoharie

With all precincts reporting, attorney Antonio Delgado – seen here at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club at a May 2017 forum – has captured Schoharie County, according to  It is the first county in the 11-county 19th Congressional District to report in. Polls closed at 9 p.m. Seven Democrats were vying in a primary today for their party’s nomination, and the right to challenge U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in the November election. With Delgado here are Anne Geddes-Atwell, right, the former Otsego town supervisor, and Jeannine Webster, both of Cooperstown. ( photo
Ballots Open For Democrats In 19th

Polls Open In Democratic Primary

Cooperstown Baptist Church Pastor Joe Perdue signs his name in the log book, as he prepares to cast his ballot for the NY-19 Democratic Primary. With seven candidates vying for the chance to face off against incumbent John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in the general election, many are saying that the race is a toss-up with no clear front runners. Polls are open in Cooperstown at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall behind the church and at Foothills in Oneonta until 9 p.m. tonight. (Parker Fish/
Cooperstown Grad Runs In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

Cooperstown Grad Runs

In 19th Vs. ‘Those Boys’

If She Beats 6 Democrat Men, She Faces Faso

Erin Collier announced today she is running for Congress in a video that declares, “I’m Not Gonna Let Those Boys Beat Me.”

COOPERSTOWN – Erin Collier, a Cooperstown Central graduate, nationally ranked tri-athlete, and daughter of a local beef farmer, announced today she is running for Congress in New York’s 19th District, where she will be the only woman against six Democrats.

“I’m not going to let those boys beat me,” she declares in a video posted on




Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University law professor. who challenged Governor Cuomo in today's Democratic primary, appeared in Otsego County twice during the campaign.  (
Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University law professor who challenged Governor Cuomo in today’s Democratic primary, appeared in Otsego County twice during the campaign. (

Zephyr Teachout hammered Governor Cuomo in Otsego County in today’s Democratic primary, 1,372-480, although Cuomo won statewide.

In the 21st Assembly District, Bill Magee won this county and Madison.  With 60 percent of the vote in, county Democratic Chairman Richard Abbate of Cooperstown said he believed the veteran legislator has turned back a challenge from Sherrill Council member Mike Hennessy.

In the Town of Oneonta, Republican Trish Riddell Kent beat Democrat Dave Rowley emphatically in the Democratic primary, 214-78

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