Shared from the 11/18/2023 Albany Times Union eEdition

Challenger declares victory as Coeymans supervisor

COEYMANS — The town’s incumbent supervisor, George McHugh, appears to have lost his reelection bid to Democratic newcomer Stephen Donnelly.

The Albany County Board of Elections has not certified the results of the Nov. 7 contest but as of Thursday afternoon, Donnelly leads McHugh 883 votes to 859 votes.

David Cady, the board’s deputy Democratic commissioner, said there were no more absentee ballots left to be counted and that the board was still waiting for some voters who were given the opportunity to fix minor defects with their ballots.

McHugh, who is serving his third term overall and second consecutive term, did not return a request for comment. He has not spoken publicly since the election and did not appear at the most recent Town Board meeting.

Donnelly unofficially declared victory on Wednesday.

“The hard-working folks in Coeymans can’t wait to start making their town a better place, and neither can I,” he said in a statement.

Donnelly led a slate that gives Democrats a majority on the five-member Town Board. Ronald Hotaling and Michael Stott won two seats, defeating Republican incumbents Brandon L. LeFevre and Marisa Tutay.

Donnelly will face several significant issues once he takes office, including a potential new home for Town Hall and a major proposed development north of the Port of Coeymans that is part of the state’s offshore wind efforts.

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