Incumbent Trustee Beverly VanValkenburg is the new mayor of the village of Cold Brook.
VanValkenburg, who was seeking re-election to her village trustee seat, received the most votes for trustee — 26 — and the most write-in votes for mayor — 25 — and had to choose between the two positions, according to Village Clerk Darlyne Przelski. She opted to take the mayor’s post. Karen Lynch, who was the runner-up for the trustee position with nine write-in votes, was elected village trustee.
VanValkenburg finished ahead of incumbent Mayor Nora LaComb’s 22 write-in votes. LaComb had decided not to seek re-election and no one had filed to run for mayor.
Przelski said 51 people turned out to vote.
“That’s 50 percent of the registered voters,” she said.
No candidates appeared on the ballot to run for the two open village trustee seats in the village of Richfield Springs. Ray Patrick and Fran Hazelton each received 49 votes, although the results are still unofficial. Patrick, an incumbent trustee, had not sought re-election. John O’Connor, who also chose not to seek re-election, currently holds the other seat. A total of 91 residents turned out to vote.
In the village of West Winfield, incumbent Mayor Andrew Bryce received 59 votes to hold off a strong challenge by Gary Knisely, who finished with 49. Incumbent Trustees Jamie Christian and James G. Murphy finished with 89 and 86 votes, respectively, running unopposed. There were six write-in votes for James Tomson.
A total of 108 residents voted, according to Village Clerk-Treasurer Eileen Ucekay, despite the wintry weather. “Sometimes you couldn’t see across the street,” she said.
The village of Newport has a new mayor. Ashley Hennings received 131 votes as she ran unopposed. Incumbent Mayor Tom Roberts, who did not seek re-election, received one write-in vote. Heidi Worden received 68 votes as she ran unopposed for village trustee. Incumbent Trustee Steven Woods did not seek re-election, but received 51 write-in votes.
There were no surprises in the village of Poland as Mayor Brian Cleary and Trustee Janet LaRock ran unopposed to retain their seats. Cleary received 73 votes to 34 write-in votes for Mary Paul while LaRock garnered 87 votes. Both positions carry two-year terms.
In the village of Middleville incumbent Mayor Craig Fox and incumbent Trustee Beverly Mower each received 24 votes to retain their seats. Both positions now carry four-year terms.
In the village of St. Johnsville, a pair of incumbent trustees ran unopposed and were re-elected to four-year terms. Trustee James Castrucci received 21 votes and Trustee Martin Callahan received 24.
Michael Battisti was elected to a four-year term as village justice with 24 votes. Current Village Justice Nino J. Polidori, who did not seek re-election, received one write-in vote.
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