Fesko, Venezia win town councilor seats
Democrat Mary Bean has won the election for Spafford town supervisor. Bean received 373 votes to Republican Webb Stevens' 298, according to the Onondaga County Board of Elections website.
For the second time in four years, Democratic candidate Mark Tetley and Republican Ed Theobald faced off against each other for the Manlius town supervisor seat. This time, the tables were turned as Tetley challenged incumbent Theobald for the supervisor job, but the outcome was the same; Theobald ousted him again, winning with 59 percent of the vote.
Town clerk proposition, however, could change with absentee votes
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cazenovia voters apparently approved two ballot propositions in last night's vote, saying a definite yes to changing the town supervisor term of office from two years to four years, and a likely yes to changing the town clerk from an elected position to an appointed one. The town clerk proposition approval, however, only passed by 35 votes at the ballot box, and there are 61 absentee ballots waiting to be counted by the county board of elections, and 23 more absentee ballots that can still be received by Monday, Nov. 11.
On Election Night, there were no surprises in the Clay Town Board race, as Republican incumbents Naomi Bray and William Weaver, along with returning board member James Rowley, easily held onto their seats against Democratic challengers Nicholas Macaulay and James Southard.
In a repeat of the 2011 election, Salina Supervisor Mark Nicotra, a Republican, defeated Democratic challenger Patrick Foster by a margin of 3,754 to 1,725 votes. “As an elected official, you get a report card every two years, and that’s Election Day,” Nicotra said. “Obviously, we had a favorable report card.”
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.
The expectedly close Fenner elections for town supervisor and two town board seats came out closer than most anticipated, with only nine votes separating the two candidates for supervisor and not even two dozen votes separating the four town council candidates. With 25 absentee ballots out, the unofficial outcome on Tuesday night could change next week when absentee ballots are counted.
The village of Skaneateles is taking steps toward correcting a serious public safety issue: poor fire flow to hydrants.
Today is election day, and there are a variety of places to cast your vote! Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. To find the closest location to you, visit.ongov.net/elections/pollingPlacesTowns.html.
Neighbor opposition kills bakery idea at 8 Farnham St.
The controversial proposal to rezone a Farnham Street house in order to create two food-related businesses at the location has died — neighborhood opposition has caused 8 Farnham St. owner Susan Light to withdraw her application from the village planning board and take her business idea to a different location.
At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Manlius town board held a public hearing for its 2014 preliminary budget, which calls for town taxpayers to pay seven cents more per $1,000 of assessed home value. The proposed tax rate for town residents is a 1.43 percent increase from last year, or $4.84 per $1,000 of assessed home value, up from $4.77 in 2013.
The full slate of candidates up for election in the town of Skaneateles were present Wednesday night at Waterman school to discuss, and sometimes debate, local issues for nearly two hours.
After a public hearing and a brief discussion, the DeWitt town board voted to adopt a $27 million budget at its Oct. 28 meeting. Taxpayers can expect to pay 12 cents more this coming year, as the tax rate will be $4.65 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
Holmquist runs unopposed in tenth district
On Nov. 5, voters in the Eastern suburbs will vote for county legislator. In the seventh district, Democratic candidate Lorene Dadey is challenging Republican incumbent Danny Liedka. The candidates ran against each other in 2011. And in the tenth district, Republican incumbent Kevin Holmquist is running unopposed for a seat in the legislature, where he’s served since 2005.
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