Burweger, Peters, Zelazny Re-Elected

Town Board Results Pending

On Tuesday, November 6, Pawling residents turned out to vote in several important local elections. Several officials won re-election, while a victor in the tight race for the open seat on the Pawling Town Board is still being determined.

In the Village of Pawling, incumbent Trustees Dan Peters (REP, CON) and John Burweger (REP, CON) were re-elected to four-year terms on the Village Board. Peters received 521 votes, (49.10%) and Burweger tallied 489 votes (46.09%) according to the unofficial results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections. Fifty-one write-in votes were also tallied.

When asked about his victory, Burweger immediately turned his attention to the projects that he aims to complete. “We have a lot of work to do completing the sewer plant expansion, upgrading the water system, completing the Village Master Plan, finishing the Pedestrian Plan, continuing to promote tourism, and pursuing economic development,” he said. These sentiments were echoed by fellow Trustee Dan Peters, who said, “I’m honored to be serving the community for another four years. It’s fun and exciting, and there’s a lot of work to be done.”

Pawling Town Justice Gayle Zelazny (REP, CON, IND) received 2,278 votes, (99.17%) earning another four-year term. “I am humbled and honored to have received the support of the residents of Pawling,” she said. “I look forward to serving the next four years to the best of my ability.”

In the competitive race for a seat on the Pawling Town Board, candidates and residents will have to wait until the official verdict is announced later this month. Currently, Reid McGrath (REP, CON) has tallied 1,716 votes (51.97%) while Coleen Snow (DEM, IND, WEP) has received 1,584 votes (47.97%) according to the unofficial results from the Dutchess County Board of Elections. With such a tight margin separating the candidates, an official winner will not be named until all absentee ballots have been counted.

The Pawling Library Budget Proposal was approved by voters. Residents voted 1,852 to 1,149 in favor of Proposition 414. The library will now receive an additional $60,000 each year from Pawling taxpayers. The revenue will be used to eliminate a budget deficit and improve staffing, technology, and community programs.