Turco Wins, Lisa is Back!

And the winner is…

Former Kingston mayoral candidate Andi Turco-Levin has won the Republican-Independence nominations for county legislature in Ulster-Kingston District-4, replacing the late Jim Maloney on the November ballot.

Meanwhile, the board of elections reports that Lisa Cutten, who lost the Democratic nomination for county comptroller to March Gallagher on June 27, has been designated by Republicans as their candidate in November. Recall, both candidates claimed their values did not align with the GOP, but that was then. After being summarily fired by county executive Pat Ryan on July 2, Cutten no doubt began to appreciate that the only way back to her $100,000 a year job as comptroller was through the ballot box on the Republican ticket. As former Republican Assemblyman Clark Bell of Woodstock used to say, “that’s polybiz, baby!” Cutten is expected to be also handed the Conservative and Independence Party lines.

Turco Levin, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2011, beat out Tiffany Christiana of Ulster and Patrick Sheehan of Ruby in closed-door voting. Sheehan ran for Ulster town justice some dozen years ago. The candidates appeared before members of the two parties’ executive committees earlier this week. The Conservative Party is expected to endorse Turco-Levin’s candidacy before next Wednesday’s deadline.

Turco Levin will face Democrat-Working Families candidate Brian Cahill in the general election. Cahill was minority leader of the legislature during his 2005-06 term.  Board of election records indicates that Turco-Levin, a realtor and a newcomer to the town, did not vote for county legislator in the 2017 general election.

Maloney was reelected by 134 votes over newcomer Laura Hartmann two years ago, his closest margin in a decade, but carried the major party matchup by a margin of only 30 votes, according to the board of election records. Both major parties consider the Fourth District “in play.”

The county legislature will meet in regular session on Aug. 20, unless a special meeting is called, and is expected to select Brenda Maloney, the late legislator’s widow, to fill his term through Dec. 31.