In a heated race, former allies Jessica Zambrano and Judy Boyke battled to the last for the supervisor’s seat in the town of Cicero.
In the end, the seat went to Republican Zambrano, who received 2,685 votes to Democrat Boyke’s 2,547.
Zambrano said she was obviously pleased with the outcome of the election and planned to continue the work she had begun as deputy supervisor.
“We still have a lot to do,” she said. “We turned the town around under Jim Corl, but we still have a lot to do. I think I’ll be pretty busy.”
Zambrano, a former Democrat, dismissed criticism raised by factions of the Cicero Republican party about her political leanings.
“My focus has always been what’s best for the town and providing services for the people,” she said. “I couldn’t do it as a Democrat. I was able to do it with Jim Corl, who was a Republican. In support of him, I became a member of the Independence Party, and tomorrow, I’ll be a member of the Republican Party, and I’m perfectly happy with that choice.”
On the town board, the Republican candidates dominated. Mark Venesky and Michael Becallo were the top vote-getters with 3,064 and 2,648 votes, respectively. Democrats Lynn Jennings, an incumbent, and Don Snyder received 2,304 and 2,276 each.
The administrative positions of town clerk (Tracy Cosilmon), tax receiver (Sharon Edick) and highway superintendent (Chris Woznica) were all unopposed. Cosilmon received 4,424 votes, Edick 4,660 and Woznica 4,184.
Meanwhile, former Supervisor Jim Corl, a Republican, running unopposed for the third district seat, gained 3,529 votes.
Sarah Hall is the editor of the Eagle Star-Review and the Baldwinsville Messenger. The 2012 winner of the Syracuse Press Club's Selwyn Kershaw Professional Standards Award, she has been with Eagle Newspapers since 2006. She is a Liverpool native.