In the Geddes council race that was decided over two weeks ago, 3-term Republican incumbent Helen Bruzdzinski lost by 215 votes -- an upset according to several residents. As the days passed since the outcome, the results are coming into question following reports of voting machine failures in at least two districts, particularly on Bruzdzinski's Republican Party line.
"I don't know what's going on," Bruzdzinski said. "A lot of my levers didn't work. I heard of problems in Lakeland, in the fourth district west of Cogswell Road, four people from the district garage, and at the village hall. The problems were with my levers only, no one elses."
Frank and Jane Dischner, of Blueberry Lane in Geddes, both intended on voting for Bruzdzinski on Nov. 6 at the highway garage, the location for voters of the 18th district. Dischner said that both he and his wife tried to vote for Bruzdzinski on the Republican voting line, but they claim the lever for Bruzdzinski did not work.
"My wife voted before she went into work at 7:30 a.m., and she had to vote for Helen on the Independent line because the lever for Bruzdzinski was stuck," Frank said. "When I went in to vote at 1 p.m., I had the same problem. I think it's weird that it happened, I was surprised to see she lost."
Gerald Albrigo, a Republican, finished second in the race, 331 votes ahead of Vincent Palerino and 546 votes ahead of Bruzdzinski -- not counting absentee ballots. Manny Falcone won by 208 votes.
Dischner chose not to inform anyone at the polling place, saying he did not know if it was acceptable to do so. He told the board about the incidents at the Nov. 13 Geddes town meeting.
There were also problems in the fourth district, where Bruzdzinski only received one vote due to a lever malfunction. Once again, the only reported issue was with her lever.