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Uncontested election leave mayor, trustees in positions

With no contest in the Skaneateles village elections Wednesday, Mayor Bob Green and trustees Marc Angelillo and Tim Lynn have remained in their respective seats.

According to village Clerk Sally Sheehan, Green received 59 votes while Angelillo and Lynn each received 60. All seats are two-year terms. There were no write-in votes, Sheehan said.

Green said the plan for the next two years is to "keep doing what we're doing."

With village revenue down, the municipality is finding a need to put several projects on hold. He said one of the first projects to be put on the back burner will likely be the West Lake Street project, which includes green technology, storm water drains and water lines.

Along the same lines as water, Angelillo said he and the board would like to follow through with the AMR -- Auto Meter Reading -- project which will prove to be a cost savings to the taxpayers.

In his next two years, Angelillo said he's also looking forward to working with Director of Municipal Operations Bob Lotkowictz.

"He's off to a good start," Angelillo said.

While there is much going on in the lakeside community, Lynn said his primary concern in the coming term is to keep the village financially sound.

"With the current economic crisis, it has made it's way down to the village," Lynn said "I don't think we'll see any benefits from any stimulus, federal or state. What we're going to more likely see is a reduction in joint revenues."

Lynn said that with a reduction in sales tax revenue paid to the village from Onondaga County there will likely be an increase in cost to the village because of employee health care plans.

"There will be a change in village spending," Lynn said.

The economic situation and how it will affect the village is "very high on the radar," Lynn said.

Lynn's concerns about the economy are elevated at this time, but the uncontested race brought him some relief in the hometown political arena. Though he favors competition in local politics, he was also relieved that incumbents were running sans opposition.

"I always prefer that all of our elections be contested but after the enormous effort that all four candidates put into the election last year, it was a bit of a relief to not have to go through it this time," he said.

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