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Liverpool village trustee candidates run unopposed…again

— Liverpool village trustees Nick Kochan and Jim Rosier are up for re-election on Tuesday, June 17, and unless someone mounts a surprise write-in campaign, the incumbents’ victory is assured.

As usual, they are both unopposed.

Rosier first took office in 2002 while Kochan, the former chairman of the Village Planning Board, became a trustee in 2006.

Like everyone else on the Village Board of Trustees — Mayor Gary White and trustees Bob Gaetano and Dennis Hebert — Kochan and Rosier are Republicans.

Democrats have failed to field a candidate for village office since 2001. That party, it appears, has not even conducted a caucus since that year.

Former Mayor Jon Zappola ran as a Democrat in 2001 but was defeated by Republican Marlene Ward by a vote of 389 to 172. She served four terms as mayor, running unopposed in 2003, 2005 and 2007. White ran an uncontested election for mayor in 2009, turned back an independent challenge by Tom Stack in 2011 and ran unopposed in 2013.

White is Liverpool’s 14th mayor. The village’s first mayor was I.R. Fairchild in 1931.

From 1830 to 1931, the village was governed by a board of trustees who annually elected its own president. The village’s longest-serving mayors were Michael Heid, 1934-51, and Ray Grandy, 1952-66.

The next mayoral election will be in 2015.

In last June’s village election, White and trustees Gaetano and Hebert each ran unopposed, and approximately 65 voters turned out to pull the levers.

According to the Onondaga County Board of Elections, there are presently 500 registered Republicans in the village, 499 Democrats, 428 not enrolled in any party, 89 Independents, 27 Conservatives, seven Working Families Party members, three Green Party members and one Libertarian Party member, for a total of 1,554 eligible voters.

Of those registered to vote in the village, 882 are females and 662 are males.

Voting is scheduled for noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Village Hall, 310 Sycamore St.

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