Challengers Unseat Dutchess Legislators

Democrats take two seats that represent Beacon

By Jeff Simms

Beacon voters elected newcomers to take over the two seats now held in the Dutchess County Legislature by members of the Independence Party, giving Democrats a clean sweep in the local elections.

Frits Zernike defeated incumbent John Forman in the 16th District, which includes Ward 4 and part of Ward 3, and Nick Page unseated Jerry Landisi in the 18th, which includes Wards 1, 2 and part of 3. Zernike won by four percentage points, 52-48, and Page defeated Landisi, 63-37.

Dutchess County Legislature (District 16) (2-year term)

Frits Zernike (D) – 1,432 (52%)
*John Forman (Independence) – 1,325 (48%)

Dutchess County Legislature (District 18) (2-year term)

Nick Page (D)  – 1,624 (63%)
*Jerry Landisi (Independence) – 942 (37%)