Prinster takes seat on Palisade town council

Penny Prinster

Six days after Palisade Town Trustee-elect Patty Hanna resigned after winning a tiebreaker in the town election, trustees unanimously agreed to appoint the woman who lost the tiebreaker to Hanna to fill the vacancy.

Penny Prinster was sworn in Tuesday night, joining Bennett Price and Dave Edwards as the three new members of the Town Board.

In a seven-way race for three seats, Price and Edwards were the top vote-getters in the April 6 municipal election. Hanna and Prinster tied for the final seat. A recount confirmed the tie, leaving town officials to draw lots to break the deadlock, as required by state law.

Hanna’s name was drawn out of a hat, but she immediately resigned, saying she wasn’t elected by a vote of the people and that she preferred the seat go to Prinster.

Under state law, town officials had to fill the vacancy either by holding another election or appointing someone to the seat. Mayor Dave Walker and the trustees agreed they should appoint Prinster, saving the town the cost of another election and, as Trustee Michael Krueger noted, “respect the implied message” from voters.

Asked by Trustee Jim Harkreader what qualities she would bring to the board, Prinster said she thought her “merits pretty well speak for themselves,” noting she served on the board from 2002 to 2006 and has served on numerous other town boards and commissions.

“I believe in the town and the citizens who are here,” Prinster said.

Taking a seat between Harkreader and Trustee Art Silver, Prinster told them, “All right, you two, you better behavior yourselves.”


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