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Village vote may change: BOE commissioner asks villages to move elections to November

— Even before the letter went out, the village of Liverpool had been considering the idea; trustees have discussed the possibility of moving village elections from June to November for the last four months.

Though village board members and residents have expressed an interest in the move, it won’t happen this year.

Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims said it’s possible the village will move its election to November in 2014, but “definitely not this year.”

In North Syracuse, village government is also considering the possibility.

“We talked about that as a board about three years ago,” said Mayor Mark Atkinson. “At that time we decided to leave it in June and let them manage it for us.”

The village turned over operations of its elections to the Board of Elections at that time; prior to that, the village had run its own elections.

Now, after receiving Czarny’s letter, North Syracuse has again taken up the question.

“I’m going to meet with some people there and talk it over with them,” Atkinson said. “Once I meet with them, I’ll talk to the board again and see what’s going on.”

In Liverpool, Mayor Gary White will seek his third term. Incumbent trustees Bob Gaetano and Dennis Hebert will also be up for re-election on Tuesday, June 18.

“Yes, I’m interested in running again,” White told the Star-Review last weekend. “I’m interested in continuing as mayor as long as I can count on the support of the residents and my colleagues on the village board.”

White, Gaetano and Hebert are all Republicans, and the village GOP will nominate candidates at its annual caucus in April.

In North Syracuse, Atkinson’s term doesn’t expire until 2015. Atkinson took over for former Mayor Diane Browning when she stepped down in June of 2010; he was then elected to the position in 2011.

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