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Village trustees reluctant to extend their terms

“The turnout could be better in the fall,” Hebert said.

In 2011, when White ran unopposed for his second mayoral term, he drew 102 votes. In his initial mayoral campaign in 2009, White beat independent candidate Tom Stack by a vote of 291 to 154.

More than 1,500 registered voters reside in the mile-square village, but less than 70 of them turned out to vote in the 2012 election when Kochan and Rosier each ran without opponents.

Mayor White and the four trustees are all Republicans.

Like his fellow board members, Rosier is disinclined to extend trustee terms, but he favors the idea of moving village elections to November. Trustee Bob Gaetano also likes the trustees’ two-year term. “But the mayor is the captain of the ship,” Gaetano added, “so I think the mayor deserves a four-year term.”

Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims said that the 2012 election cost the village $570. When the village switches to electronic voting machines — perhaps as early as 2014 — the cost of each election would rise to more than $1,400 with one machine and more than $2,200 if two machines were used, Sims said.

Moving village elections to November could result in significant savings to the village, she said, because then the election would be conducted by the Onondaga County Board of Elections.

Village resident Alice Melvin said at the Oct. 15 meeting that saving money should be a priority. “So moving the election to the fall is probably a good idea,” she said.

White still favors having a separate village election, but he asked Sims to conduct an online straw poll about the term lengths and scheduling of village elections via villageofliverpool.org.

In other business

Liverpool Police Chief Don Morris informed the village board on Oct. 15 that LPD officers issued 78 citations for violations of the state’s vehicle and traffic laws during September. They also wrote 22 warning tickets and made six arrests for driving while intoxicated. Four traffic accidents were investigated and officers made 106 residential checks during the month while investigating a total of 263 complaints.

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