At the beginning of April, many were shocked when James Dolan, a controversial figure from Hudson's recent past, was hired to be the election specialist for the Democrats at the Board of Elections. Then, a couple of weeks ago, Hilary Hillman surprised Democrats when she announced she was stepping down as the Democratic deputy commissioner, a position she had held since 2008. That position has since been filled by Diane Boice-Yorck, who lives in Claverack.
Even more noteworthy, at least to those who have been around for a while, is a change of personnel on the Republican side. Geeta Cheddie, who served as Democratic deputy commissioner for several years during the first decade of the 21st century, before Virginia Martin became the commissioner, served one term (2010-2011) as First Ward alderman, at the end of which she publicly and angrily renounced her affiliation with the Democrats, and then ran unsuccessfully for reelection as a Republican, is now working as the election specialist for the Republicans.
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