Village of Camillus to stay

Former mayor, mayor-elect weigh in on dissolution vote

— For months, a schism has been present in the village of Camillus. On one side, a group with hopes to see the town absorb the village of 1,200 for tax savings. On the other, passionate residents who had hopes of saving their village, their community.

By the Numbers

By the Numbers:

Referendum to dissolve the village

YES: 158, 40.83%

NO: 229, 59.17%

For Mayor

Karen Kiggins: 153, 42.86%

Patricia Butler: 198, 55.46%

Write-in: 6

Village Trustee (2-year term)

Ann Eckert, 212, 36.8%

Timothy Stapleton, 202, 35%

Robert Schultz, 156, 27%

Village Trustee (to fill vacancy, 1-year term)

No victor called

Anthony Komuda, 136, 40%*

Bill Cody, 73, 21.5%

Danny Crook, 130, 38.4%*

*As six votes separate Komuda and Crook, absentee ballots will be counted to determine this race.

“I just kept saying my prayers that what was in the best interest of the community would happen,” said mayor-elect Patricia Butler.

On Tuesday, the passion pulled through as 229 of the village’s residents voted to keep the village, and elect a mayor who doesn’t see dissolution for the village in the foreseeable future.

“I don’t even like the term dissolution,” Butler said. “I don’t believe in my heart that we are there yet.”

Slightly more than half of the village’s registered voters, 387 of 766, turned out to the polls. Residents said on Tuesday the lines at the village’s polling places were long.

“When everywhere else, voter turnout was in the low 20s, this was a high turnout,” said Edward Ryan, commissioner of the board of elections.

Of those, 357 voted for mayor: 198 for Butler, a former village trustee who was appointed to fill a vacant trustee position last month, and 153 for Karen Kiggins, a Republican.

“It was closer than I thought it would be,” Butler said. “I couldn’t call it. Ultimately, each voter in the privacy of their own voting booth made their own choice, and rightfully so.”

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