Whether fast or slow, change is the way of the world

— Things change faster than the speed of light here in the 21st century.

We’ve heard plenty of talk about changing the Liverpool village election from June to November, but that won’t happen this year. No, that change will roll around at the somewhat slower speed of sound, no earlier than autumn 2014.

In January, the county Board of Elections publicly urged all 15 of Onondaga County’s villages to schedule their elections at the same time as the annual General Election in November.

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

Meanwhile, at its March 18 meeting the village board of trustees is expected to approve the use of the village hall for the village Republican Party caucus on the evening of Tuesday, April 23.

At the caucus, incumbent Mayor Gary White and two sitting trustees, Bob Gaetano and Dennis Hebert, will likely be nominated for re-election. All three are Republicans.

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 trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier and Village Justice Tony LaValle each ran without opponents. Kochan, Rosier and LaValle are also Republicans.

Republicans outnumber Democrats in the village by some three dozen voters, and about 25 percent of the village’s registered voters choose not to enroll in any party.

There is presently no active Democratic Party organization in the village and hasn’t been for a solid decade, but Carrie Roseamelia, the new Democratic chairwoman in the town of Salina, which includes the village, said she’d like to see one form. She can be contacted at 440-3606, or SalinaTownChair@ocdemocrats.com.

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