No challengers emerge in Rhinebeck village elections

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Rhinebeck’s village mayor, three trustees and a judge, all of whom were cross-endorsed in caucuses last month, will face no contenders on the ballot in next month’s village election.

No one else petitioned to get on the ballot before the Feb. 14 deadline, Rhinebeck Village Clerk Lisa Biscardi told The Observer last week.

Polls are set to open at noon on Tuesday, March 19, at the Rhinebeck Town Hall on Market Street and will remain open until 9pm that night.

Rhinebeck Democrats and Republicans met in January and decided to endorse the same group of bipartisan candidates for the village elections.

James Reardon, a Republican who has been mayor for four years and served two years as a village board trustee before that, is running for another two-year term as mayor.

The two incumbent village board trustees seeking two-year terms on the ballot are Howie Traudt, an Independent, and Heinz Sauer, a Democrat.

Heath Tortarella, an Independent, is seeking the remaining year of the village board trustee seat vacated in December by now-State Senator Terry Gipson.

Village Judge Will Sanchez, a Republican, is pursuing another four-year term.

According to a resolution passed by village officials on Jan. 8, citizens who are not already registered to vote with the Dutchess County Board of Elections must register by March 8 in order to vote on March 19.

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