The scene at Azteca Grocery almost felt like an intimate family gathering. Ali T. Muhammad wasn’t worried about losing. Muhammad greeted supporters, friends, and family as together they waited to see the results of the City of Newburgh Mayoral race.
When one walks six minutes down the street to Mayor Torrance Harvey’s headquarters at 159 Broadway, it it a different environment. But like the scene at Azteca, not one person is worried.
Both incumbent Mayor Torrance Harvey and Muhammad believe that they are best for a city that has long been disregarded and painted as the murder capital of New York State.
“We built a strong momentum,” said Muhammad. “People are going to feel like they have equity here.” Muhammad believes this election is a pivotal point in Newburgh history but believes there’s been limited coverage of the election and a lower turnout than there should be.
“You have 11,000 people registered,” said Muhammad. “2,000 people voting is not good. This means people are not engaged with the community.”.
Down the street celebrations already started for Harvey’s team.
Finally the results came in. Harvey won the election with a total of 1,569 votes and Muhammad lost the election with only 529 votes. Still, the atmosphere remained friendly.
“We smoked my opponent overwhelmingly,” said Harvey. “The numbers don’t lie. Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t lie. We’re going to continue to move the city forward. We’re going to continue to revitalize. I’m really excited! Our whole city won.”
In the race for at-large council seats, Anthony Grice and Omari Shakur were winners.
Town of New Windsor
Former Town Supervisor George Meyers returns to office after more than a decade. Meyers, running on the Democrat and Republic lines, unseated incumbent George A Green by a wide margin. The unofficial results showed Meyers with nearly 72 percent of the vote, winning 2,749-1,066.
Incumbent Town Clerk Deborah Green (R-C-I) was also defeated, losing to challenger Kelly Allegra (D-W-S) by a margin of 1,990 – 1,796.
New Windsor Democrats gained one seat on the town board. Stephen A. Bedetti (also running on the Republican line) was the top vote getter, with2,717 votes. Deputy Supervisor Patricia . Mullarkey (R-C-I) narrowly retained her seat, over Sylvia M. Santiago (D-W-S) by a margin of 1,817-1,810, while incumbent Eric Lndstrom trailed the field with 881 votes.
Town of Newburgh
Gil Piaquadio, running unopposed, was re-elected Town Supervisor, garnering 3,204 votes.
Republican Joseph Pedi, appointed town clerk to replace the late Andrew Zarutskie, was elected to a full term, defeating Democrat Diana M. Campos by an unofficial margin of 2,385 – 2,071.
In the race for Town Council, Incumbents Scott Manley (2,845) and James Presutti (2,773) were re-elected, turning back Democratic challenger Rich Steiger who garnered 2,020 votes.