Liverpool: Race for justice on in the village

On June 17, village voters will see something they haven't seen since the last century: a contested election.

Acting Village Justice George Alessio Jr. is moving into a home at 417 Third St., to become eligible to receive the Republican nomination for the judgeship.

Meanwhile, Anthony LaValle, an attorney who has lived in the village for 16 years, plans to wage an independent campaign.

At the April 29 village GOP caucus at the Village Hall, Alessio won the nomination over LaValle by a vote of 19 to 14.

Nominated trustees too

Village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier also won the GOP caucus' nomination for their offices. They're expected to run unopposed as have all village candidates since 2000. There has not been a Democratic Party caucus in the village since the mid-1990s.

The 2008 election is scheduled for June 17 at the Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

Alessio, a former assistant district attorney for Onondaga County, began renting the Third Street home in mid-March. He and his family continue to reside on Donlin Drive in the town of Salina, but Alessio has already changed his voting address to 417 Third St.

"I'm renting the place on Third Street for a base while my family and I find a home in the village," Alessio said. "By law, the village justice doesn't have to be an official resident until he or she takes the oath of office."

LaValle said many people have urged him to run. In January, he spearheaded a successful campaign against a proposed local law that would have allowed Alessio to become village justice even though he lived elsewhere.

Urged to run

"My phone has been ringing off the hook with supporters encouraging me to run," LaValle said a few days after he narrowly lost the GOP nomination. "Although I've been a loyal Republican for 37 years, I had to run as an independent."

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