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Incumbents Eckhardt, Alvarez Lead In Races For Southeast Council Seats

Southeast Town Board members Edwin Alvarez and Lynne Eckhardt, pictured at a previous meeting, are leading in their re-election bids.
Southeast Town Board members Edwin Alvarez and Lynne Eckhardt, pictured at a previous meeting, are leading in their re-election bids. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOUTHEAST, N.Y. -- Incumbents Edwin Alvarez and Lynne Eckhardt are ahead in their bids to retain their council seats on the Southeast Town Board, according to unofficial election results released on Tuesday by the Putnam County Board of Elections.

With half of the town's election districts reported, the results show Eckhardt with 1,424 votes and Alvarez with 1,303. Challengers Paul Jonke and John Lord have respective tallies of 1,282 and 1,162

Meanwhile, incumbent Supervisor Tony Hay, who ran unopposed, is headed towards re-election. Hay, according to unofficial results, has 2,234 votes.

Incumbent Town Clerk Michele Stancati, who also ran without opposition, is headed to re-election and has 2,200 votes, unofficial results show.

In the race for Highway Superintendent, incumbent Michael Bruen leads challenger Louis Ciaramella by 1,445 votes to 1,160.

Eckhardt, Lord and Ciaramella ran on a Democratic ticket; Alvarez, Jonke, Hay, Bruen and Stancati ran on a Republican ticket.

The Republican candidates also ran on the Independence, Conservative and Reform Party ballot lines, while the Democratic candidates also ran on the Women's Equality Party line.

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