Friday, January 8, 2010

Virginia Martin Reappointed Democratic Elections Commissioner

In one of the very few bi-partisan actions taken by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors at its organizational meeting on Tuesday January 5th, Democratic Commissioner of Elections Virginia Martin was re-appointed to another two year term.

But while both commissioners were to be appointed at the meeting, the Republican controlled Board brought only Martin's appointment to a roll call vote.
Usually the appointments of each party's commissioner are approved by both parties pro-forma.

Commissioner Martin has been at the center of the Republican challenges to the voting rights of Columbia County voters.  She was even named personally in Republican Chair Greg Fingar's court challenge of Democratic voters right to vote.
She has steadfastly stood up for the rights of Columbia County voters and is determined to have every vote count.

The majority of the board voted to approve Martin's appointment.
The following supervisors voted against:
Reggie Crowley (R-Copake), Elizabeth Young (R-Taghkanic), Valerie Bertram (R-Stuyvesant), Kevin McDonald (R-Livingston), Bart Delaney (R-Hudson-5) and John Musall (D-Hudson-1).

Supervisor Musall, the only Democrat to vote against Ms. Martin is the husband of Geeta Cheddie (former Deputy Commissioner of Elections) who was terminated shortly after Commissioner Martin first took the Commissioner position last term.

The new Republican Commissioner of Elections is Jason Nastke, a former mayor of Valatie, who served his last term in 2003. Nastke replaces Donald Kline as commissioner.
As has been protocol for many years, no Democrat objected to Mr. Nastke's appointment.

Read more: Register-Star

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