Andrew Green, a 15-year resident of New Windsor who had never previously run for municipal office, was elected to be the town’s mayor during Tuesday’s election, defeating three-term incumbent Neal Roop.
Green finished with 194 votes to Roop’s 166. Turnout was high, with 355 ballots cast in person and 10 absentee ballots out of 1,164 registered voters, according to Town Clerk Donna Alban on Wednesday morning.
Green was asked in the weeks leading up the election why he decided to run for mayor.
“In conversation[s] with residents, there has been a consistent want and need for their voice to be heard and concerns to be met,” he told the Times via email. “I decided to run for mayor because I believe I can be that voice.”
Three candidates were vying for two open spots on the New Windsor Town Council, each of them newcomers as neither incumbent opted to run again.
Kevin Cornick, a member of the town’s planning commission, received the most votes with 266. William Holl was next with 215 and was also elected. Austin Fogarty received 154 votes.
Holl said Wednesday he was honored so many voters turned out to support him and he’s ready to get started.
“I will be working daily with our mayor and fellow council members to bring new ideas to the table,” he said via email. “I look forward to bridging the gap between residents and the council and strive to get more residents involved with government affairs. I would also like to thank the outgoing members for their years of service to the town.”
Green, a Francis Scott Key High School graduate, had expressed confidence midday Tuesday as voters headed to the polls.
“I think the town is really going to come out in high numbers, and I think we’re going to get something done,” he said. “The people have been waiting for this for quite some time.”
Roop, New Windsor’s mayor for the past 12 years, said Wednesday he had a sense that he might lose this race and that he was undone by high water bills he had little control over..
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“It was kind of hard to overtake the water and sewer issue that people bring up and then talk about change. I’d like to know what the change is,” he said.
Rupp said he has served the town for three decades and said he feels good about what he has been able to accomplish, including leaving the general and enterprise funds in far better financial shape than when he took over and for playing a part in securing $4 million worth of grants.
Among the other accomplishments he cited that occurred during his watch were the construction of a wastewater treatment plant, water line replacement and street reconstruction on College and Blue Ridge avenues, renovations to parks and the war memorial and negotiating a water rights agreement with Lehigh Cement company to ensure the town will be able to get water from New Windsor quarry for many years.
“I’m very proud. Everyone who supported me tells me you have nothing to be ashamed of, should be proud,” Roop said, thanking members of the delegation who have helped in securing funding for New Windsor over the years. “Thirty years of giving to your community is pretty good. I’d like to think I made a difference in quality of life. ...
“I’m holding my head high. We’ve had great town managers, great staff and great councilmembers. We haven’t always agreed, but our main goal was to make New Windsor a better place to live.”
Roop, who works in admission at Springdale Preparatory School, said he looks for to spending more time with his wife, Sena.
“She’s been more supportive than I could ever imagine,” he said. “I’m looking forward to spending more time with her, volunteering more with the fire department, the Lions Club and church and maybe even getting some sleep.”