After 478 Cazenovia village residents cast their votes June 19 at the American Legion Hall, Dave Porter and Jim Joseph were elected to serve on the village board.
Porter, an incumbent who ran on the Democratic and Strong party lines, received a total of 321 votes. Joseph, who ran on Republican and Independence party lines, received a total of 309 votes. Incumbent Tim Mahoney also ran on the Republican and Independence party lines, and received 238 votes.
“Regardless of the outcome, the village was going to be in good hands. Clearly tonight, the village has spoken, and the [residents are] indeed in good hands,” Mahoney said. “Mr. Porter and Mr. Joseph will do an outstanding job for the village. The entire election process was very interesting and a great process – one that I enjoyed.”
Porter and Joseph will each serve a two-year term on the Cazenovia Village Board.
“I want to thank my competitors; they ran a very energetic and innovative campaign. Both of them ran for the right reasons, were very positive and I think we share a lot in common,” Porter said. “I’m happy with the outcome. I’m glad I had competition, it made me work harder and touch base with the citizens of Cazenovia.”
“I fully intend to bring the same level of passion and energy to to governing that Tim and I deployed throughout the campaign,” Joseph said. “Although I look forward to working with the mayor and village trustees, I will miss Tim’s competitive spirit. I owe it to him and the voters who elected me to put my heart and soul into my new role as Cazenovia Village Trustee.”
Porter, a 22-year resident of Cazenovia, was first elected to the village board in June 2010. Most recently, he served as the fire commissioner and commissioner of community parks and recreation. A licensed professional engineer and Unites States Navy Veteran, Porter is also an active member of the Cazenovia Lions Club, and a board member of the Cazenovia Public Library and Cazenovia Youth Soccer Association.
Some of Porter’s accomplishments as a village trustee include coordinating the loan of unused skatepark equipment to the nearby Madison County municipality of Earlville, and the acquisition of 6 Farnham St. for use by the Cazenovia Fire Department.
Joseph has lived in the village of Cazenovia for the past 12 years, and formerly served as the CEO of Oneida Ltd. Following the company’s merger with Anchor-Hocking, Joseph has been named to the board of directors of the new business, Everyware Inc. He was named the first Executive in Residence at Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business and has served as the chairman of the finance committee at St. James Church for the past 10 years.
In addition, Joseph serves/has served on boards for the Everson Museum, Food Bank of CNY Syracuse Diocese Catholic Schools Council, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Le Moyne College as well as the International Housewares Charity Foundation.
More information on the Cazenovia Village Board can be found at villageofcazenovia.com.
Pierce Smith is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at 434-8889 ext. 338 or firstname.lastname@example.org.