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New faces for B'ville board

People are looking for fresh new faces and new ideas, said Carrie McFall-Weaver, referring to her newly elected spot on the Baldwinsville Board of Trustees.

And the riverside village got what it asked for. McFall-Weaver, 35, and Robin Augello, 43, are two of the fresh faces joining incumbent Rick Presley, 57, to fill the three open trustee seats at Tuesday's election. Former trustee Howard Tupper was not reelected for his would be 13th year on the board and McFall-Weaver said it was because Baldwinsville voters were looking for new faces to bring change to the small village.

"I think Howard has done wonderful things, but people are ready for a change" said McFall-Weaver, a teacher at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Syracuse.

McFall-Weaver received over 100 votes more than Tupper and said it was her cautious approach to the issue of business and service consolidation in the village that gained her voter support.

"I think consolidation of services to decrease taxes is something we need to approach cautiously," McFall-Weaver said. "There are costs and benefits that need to be evaluated before we go any further."

Robin Augello, mother of two, said she thinks it's a good thing that there are two women on the board this year.

"I think it's fantastic and hopefully we can come together even though we don't know each other to unify the entire board," Augello said.

Augello won a seat with 598 votes compared to McFall-Weaver's 649 votes and Rick Presley's 616 votes. She previously ran in last year's board election and lost, however. Augello said she appealed to voters more this year because she is a trustee who is ready to jump in and get moving on the issues of consolidation and taxes.

"I want to get right to studying and figuring out what it is we can do to save the tax payers money," Augello said.

This is not the first year Baldwinsville has had women filling trustee seats and former trustee Tupper, with only 512 votes, said the village is ready for a little change.

"It's time for change because we've come to a crossroad here," Tupper said. "I don't feel bitter about anything and I know those two women will do a good job."

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