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Peekskill-Cortlandt 2012 Election Guide

The candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Westchester, Peekskill and Cortlandt.

Peekskill-Cortlandt 2012 Election Guide

As we look ahead to November’s elections, Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race, issue and candidate in town.

Here are a handful that residents are already talking about:

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Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY17) is seeking re-election on the heels of her 19 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past two years, Lowey has served the 18th district, a swath that come November. If elected, Lowey would then pick up Cortlandt and Peekskill, Mt. Kisco and all of Rockland County, and overall see the newly-crafted 17th shift further north. The GOP choice to face her? Joe Carvin faces a primary challenge June 26 against Jim Russell.

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Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-NY18)  Despite , Rep. Nan Hayworth hopes to keep her role in Congress. The incumbent Republican, who lives in Bedford, will seek re-election to her new Congressional district, now known as the 18th, which Peekskill and Cortlandt were part of until redistricting placed them in Lowey's now 17th district. 

Hayworth's current district now includes all of Bedford and the entirety of Lewisboro, Pound Ridge, North Salem and Somers. It also includes part of Yorktown and North Castle, all of Putnam County, southern Dutchess County and all of Orange County.  include , a physician and Cortlandt town councilman. Also currently  on the Democratic ballot for the June 26 primary are the following candidates: Sean Patrick Maloney, Duane Jackson, Matthew Alexander and Thomas Wilson.

The Bedford Democratic Committee has endorsed Becker.

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State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson)  is running for a second term in the 40th State Senate District. The  district was redrawn earlier this year, but still includes Peekskill and Cortlandt. 

Democratic candidate and Croton-on-Hudson resident is set to challenge Ball in this year's election. 

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As the race for the White House heats up and commandeers headlines, Patch will focus on how the nation election affects local residents. While president Barack Obama faces off with his republican challenger, we'll keep communities engaged with stories and polls . We'll also be tracking the Republican primaries, which come to a close in June 26.

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The New York State Assembly's new District 95 (currently District 90), which includes the Town of Cortlandt and City of Peekskill is currently held by Sandra Galef (D-Ossining)Republican Kim Izzarelli, of Briarcliff Manor,  run against Galef.

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US Senate – Republican Primary

(Only registered Republicans may vote)

Wendy Long, www.wendylongfornewyork.com

George Maragos, www.maragos4ny.com

Bob Turner, www.TurnerforNY.com

Kirsten Gillibrand (Democrat) is the incumbent

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Patch readers have a unique opportunity to become involved this elections cycle, beyond news tips and comments. If you're serious about a certain post, candidate or issue, use our blogging feature to connect with other residents and sound-off on the political stage. To get started, click here. (Dr. Richard Becker, Joe Carvin, Justin Wagner and Senator Greg Ball already have blogs on Patch!).

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