RED and BLUE are two colors that can be a source of confusion to residents of Croton-on-Hudson. As yard signs pop up like daffodils for the upcoming village election, set for March 21, 2006 (see: candidate debate video), passers-by will notice that RED and BLUE are the chosen colors for both parties.
The election yard sign color designation comes with a twist in “these parts” though—with BLUE for Republican candidates (Joe Gonzalez, Jim Steinberg and Guy Adami) and RED for Democratic candidates (Ann Gallelli, Charlie Kane and Sam Watkins).
So, the whole “Red State, Blue State” notion made popular within the last decade or so by the likes of Tim Russert, do not apply in Croton-on-Hudson. According to lore, the Democratic committee chose RED long ago as they thought it the best color for high visibility in contrast to a snow-covered winter backdrop. In fact, one year the Democrats went so far as to display GREEN signs because the village election fell on St. Patrick’s Day.