Despite write-in attempts by incumbent candidates, Pomona appears to have new leadership, according to Tuesday’s unofficial results in one of Rockland’s hotly contested village elections, LOHUD.COM reports.
Ian Banks and his running mates Carol McFarlane and Ilan Fuchs took the lead in Pomona over challenger Lloyd Ecker and his running mates Susanne Kernan and Joanne Robinson-Filas. Write-in candidate Daniel Kolak and his running mates and incumbents Leon Harris and Nicholas Wilson were unsuccessful in their bid to stay in power. Pomona Mayor Brett Yagel did not seek reelection.
In Airmont, write-in candidate and incumbent Mayor Phillip Gigante and his running mates, Paul A. Marchesani and Anthony P. Valvo ran against Ralph J. Bracco Sr. and his running mates Ronald Roberti and Angela Thompson and Nathan R. Bubel and his running mates Brian M. Downey and Migdalia Pesante in Airmont.
Incumbents Paul Van Alstyne and Grant Valentine were apparently able to hold their trustee seats against challengers Anthony L. Shaut and Steven J. Wasserman in Chestnut Ridge.
There were uncontested elections in Kaser, New Square and several other locales.
This is the first time Kaser has a newly elected mayor, Allie Pinkasovits, following the death of founding mayor Bernard Rosenfeld.