Sunday, March 18, 2012

1st Ward Residents Meet to Discuss Vacancy

1st Ward Residents Straw Poll goes overwhelmingly for Nick Haddad. 
Hudson Democrats also endorse Haddad.

An informational meeting about the open seat caused by the resignation of Larissa Thomas-Parks was organized by 1st Ward Supervisor and Alderman Dave Marston at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday morning March 17th.

Two people have currently expressed interest in the vacant seat, former Mayoral candidate Nick Haddad and former Alderman Geeta Cheddie. Cheddie was not present but sent a prepared statement which was read by Alderman Marston. Nick Haddad was present and touched on areas he would like to focus on.
1st Ward Voters line up to vote in straw poll. Photo courtesy of The Gossips of Rivertown 

At the end of the meeting, a straw poll was taken amongst all First Ward residents who attended the meeting, regardless of party affiliation. The results of the straw poll will be presented to the Common Council by Alderman Marston and Supervisor Sterling at the meeting to choose Ms. Thomas-Parks successor on Thursday March 22nd.

Whomever is appointed will have to run again in November in a special election for the seat, which is currently in the third month of the first term. The seat would be up for election again in 2013.

Read More in Register-Star and Gossips of Rivertown