Residents to vote on referendums, area offices

OBSERVER Staff Report

Residents in New York state will be heading to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes. Below are a number of proposals and races in the local area.

Proposal One, Authorizing Casino Gaming

The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York state for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?

Proposal Two, Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-Appointment

The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or a promotion and subsequently is certified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Proposal Three, Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities

The proposed amendment to article 8, section 5 of the Constitution would extend for 10 years, until Jan. 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Proposal Four, Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve

The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to settle longstanding disputes between the state and private entities over ownership of certain parcels of land in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. In exchange for giving up its claim to disputed parcels, the state would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve that would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels currently do. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Proposal Five, In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.

The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to convey forest preserve land located in the town of Lewis, Essex County, to NYCO Minerals, a private company that plans on expanding an existing mine that adjoins the forest preserve land. In exchange, NYCO Minerals would give the state at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million, to be added to the forest preserve. When NYCO Minerals finishes mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Proposal Six, Increasing Age until which Certain State Judges Can Serve

The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amending sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: (a) a justice of the Supreme Court would be eligible for five additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, instead of the three such terms currently authorized; and (b) a judge of the Court of Appeals who reaches the age of 70 while in office would be permitted to remain in service on the Court for up to 10 years beyond the present retirement age of 70 in order to complete the term to which that judge was appointed. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Eighth Judicial District

Justice of the Supreme Court

Mark A. Montour is facing off against Paul B. Wojtaszek. Montour is running on the Democratic, Conservative and Working Families lines while Wojtaszek is running on the Republican and Independence lines. The seat has a 14-year term and is currently held by Jeremiah J. Moriarty III (R).

Cattaraugus County

Countywide

Residents will be voting on three seats countywide. For District Attorney, Lori P. Rieman is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. For Cattaraugus County Sheriff, Timothy S. Whitcomb is running unopposed for re-election. He is endorsed by the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. For county coroner David G. Siafakas is running on the Democratic line against Kevin M. O’Rourke who is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Dayton

For town supervisor, Mark A. Smith is running for re-election unopposed on the Republican line. For town clerk, Ruth V. Bennett is running for re-election unopposed on the Republican line. For councilman, three people will be running for two open seats. Incumbent Edward M. Lulas and Thomas J. Chupa are running on the Republican line while Eugene A. Vanderbosch will be running on the Common Sense line. Brian Taber is running for re-election for highway superintendent on the Republican line.

Leon

Erika M. Zollinger is running unopposed for town supervisor on the Republican line. For town clerk, Camilla B. Lulas is running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. For town council, there are four candidates running for two seats. Jacqueline A. Ellis is running on the Democratic line, Adelia H. Ritter and Calvin M. Milliman are running on the Republican line and Amy S. Brookover is running on the Constitutionalist line.

Perrysburg

For supervisor, Dennis C. Stopen is running unopposed for re-election on the Democratic and Republican lines. Incumbent Tamara A. Utley is running unopposed for town clerk on the Democratic and Republican lines. For town council, there are three candidates running on two seats. Incumbent Richard M. Gabel is running on the Democratic and Republican lines, incumbent Lynn W. Varney is running on the Republican line and challenger Connie Johnson is running on the Democratic line. Daniel V. Stang is running unopposed for re-election for town highway superintendent on the Democratic and Republican lines.

Residents in the town will also have a proposition to vote on. Residents will vote if the town supervisor, highway superintendent and town clerk’s terms of office should be extended from two years to four years starting with the next town election to take effect for terms beginning January 2016.

Persia

For supervisor, Paula J. Schueler is running unopposed on the Republican and Independence lines. For town justice, Arnold Andolsek is running unopposed for re-election on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. For town council, there are two candidates running for two four-year seats. Gloria J. Tomaszewski is running on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines for re-election while Robert O. Dingman Jr., is running on the Republican and Independence lines. John T. Walgus is running unopposed for a two-year term for a councilman vacancy on the Republican and Independence lines.

Chautauqua County

Residents in Chautauqua County will be voting on three elections countywide.

For county executive, Ron Johnson is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines while Vince Horrigan is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

For District Attorney, incumbent David Foley is running for re-election unopposed. He is running on the Republican, Democratic, Conservative and Independence lines.

For county clerk, Lori Cornell is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines while Larry Barmore is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

County Legislature

The Chautauqua County Legislature is shrinking from 25 to 19 members. Candidates running for the new districts are as follows:

District 1

Incumbent Keith Ahlstrom is running unopposed for District 1. He has the Democratic and Working Families lines. District 1 includes part of the city of Dunkirk and the west town of Dunkirk.

District 2

Incumbent Shaun Heenan is running unopposed for District 2. He has the endorsement of the Democratic Party. District 2 includes part of the city of Dunkirk and the east town of Dunkirk.

District 3

Two current legislator are squaring off for District 3. William Coughlin is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines, while Bob Scudder is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. District 3 includes half of the village of Fredonia and the majority of the town of Pomfret outside the village.

District 4

Two candidates are squaring off for District 4. Janet Keefe is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines while Michael Sullivan is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. District 4 includes half of the village of Fredonia.

District 5

Three individuals are running for District 5. Susan Baldwin is running on the Democratic and Farm and Working Families lines, Terry Niebel is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, and Amy Farnham is running on the Working Families line. District 5 includes the towns of Villenova, Sheridan, Cherry Creek, Arkwright and a small portion of the eastern town of Pomfret.

District 6

For District 6, current legislator George Borrello is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. District 6 covers the town of Hanover, including the villages of Silver Creek and Forestville.

District 7

For District 7, two incumbents are running for election. Thomas DeJoe is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines, while John Runkle is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. District 7 includes the villages of Brocton and Cassadaga, the towns of Portland and Stockton and a part of the town of Chautauqua.

District 14

For District 14, current legislator Mark Tarbrake is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. District 14 covers the towns of Ellington, Ellicott, Charlotte and Gerry, including the village of Sinclairville.

District 18

For District 18, there are two candidates running for office. Current legislator David Himelein is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Edward Carutis is running on the Democratic and Working Families line. District 18 includes the towns of Mina and Sherman and part of the town of Chautauqua, including the village of Mayville?

District 19

For District 19, current legislator John Hemmer is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. District 19 includes the towns of Westfield and Ripley.

Municipal elections

Arkwright

In Arkwright, there are three candidates running for two open seats on the town council. Christopher Cannon is running on the Democratic and Republican lines, incumbent Lawrence Ball is running on the Conservative and Independence lines and Clinton Nagel is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Charlotte

All races in the town of Charlotte are uncontested. Town supervisor Kenneth Bochmann is running for re-election on the Democratic line. Darla Frost-Kianos is running for re-election for town clerk on the Democratic and Republican lines. Town council members Daniel Pavlock and Varsi Peterson are both are seeking re-election and is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Mark LeBaron is running for re-election for highway superintendent. He will be on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Chautauqua

All races in the town of Chautauqua are uncontested. For town justice, incumbents James Fischer and David Narducci are running for two open seats. Both are running on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. For two seats on the town council, Thomas Carlson and David Ward are both seeking re-election. Both are running on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines.

Cherry Creek

All races in the town of Cherry Creek are uncontested. Town supervisor William Young is seeking re-election on the Democratic line. Town clerk Mary Pulliam is running for re-election on the Democratic and Republican lines. Town Councilman James Abbey is running on the Democratic and Republican lines, and Councilman Carl Smallback is running on the Democratic line. Highway Superintendent Kenneth Chase is seeking re-election on the Democratic and Republican lines. For tax collector, incumbent Debra Frost is running on the Democratic line.

City of Dunkirk

All races in the city of Dunkirk are uncontested. For council-at-large Stephanie Kiyak is running for re-election on the Democratic and Independence lines. First Ward Councilman Michael Michalski is running for re-election on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Second Ward Councilman William Rivera is running for re-election on the on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines. Third Ward Councilman Adelino Gonzalez Jr., is running for re-election on the Democratic and Independence lines. Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala is running for re-election on the Democratic and Independence lines. Thomas Mleczko is running for re-election for city clerk board of assessors on the Democratic line. Mark Woods is seeking re-election for city treasurer on the Democratic line.

Town of Dunkirk

There are no contested races in the town of Dunkirk. Running for re-election is Supervisor Richard Purol. He is running on the Democratic line. Jean Crane is seeking re-election for town clerk on the Republican and Conservative lines. For town justice, Priscilla Penfold is seeking re-election on the Republican line. Town Councilman Juan Pagan is running for re-election on the Democratic line, and Councilman Robert Penharlow is running for re-election on the Republican and Conservative lines. For highway superintendent, Richard Butts Jr., is seeking re-election on the Republican line.

Forestville

Residents in the village of Forestville will be voting on a proposition. It reads as follows: “Should the village of Forestville elections be moved from the third Tuesday in March to the general elections in November.”

Hanover

There is a contested race for town justice in Hanover. Edward C. Schintzius is running on the Democratic and Taxpayers lines. He is running against incumbent Richard Saletta on the Republican and Conservative lines.

There are two candidates running for two open seats on the town council. Incumbent Kevin O’Connell is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Independence lines and Bernard Feldmann Jr., is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Pomfret

There are three candidates running for two seats on the Pomfret Town Council. Brett Christy is running on the Democratic line, John Sedota is running on the Republican line and Christopher Schaeffer is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines.

Supervisor Donald Steger is running unopposed for re-election on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Allison Dispense, who filled a vacancy when former town clerk Roberta Valentine retired, is running unopposed on the Democratic and Conservative lines. Incumbent Daniel Bigelow is running unopposed for highway superintendent on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines.

Portland

There are two candidates running for Portland highway superintendent. Incumbent Charles Kelley Jr. is seeking re-election on the Democratic and Working Families lines against Ronald Delcamp who is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

All other Portland races are uncontested. Daniel Schrantz is seeking re-election for town supervisor on the Democratic line. Town Clerk Roxane Sobecki is running on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Robert Myers is seeking re-election for town justice on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. Town Councilman Jerry Boltz is running for re-election on the Democratic line, and Councilman Rick Manzella is running for re-election on the Democratic, Republican and Independence lines. Town Tax Collector Susan Hindman is seeking re-election on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Ripley

There are no contested races in Ripley. For town council, Patricia Hathaway is seeking re-election, running on the Democratic line while Andy Knight is seeking re-election running on the Democratic and Republican lines.

Sheridan

There are no contested races in Sheridan. Seeking re-election is Louis Delmonte Sr. for town supervisor. He is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. Incumbent Town Clerk Julie Szumigala is running on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Town Councilman Charles Dillenburg is running on the Democratic line and Councilman Richard Feinen is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Highway Superintendent Jeffrey Feinen is running for re-election on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Town Justice Lydia Romer is seeking re-election on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines.

Stockton

There are two candidates running for town justice. Jeffrey Shevlin Jr. is running on the Democratic line, while Mark Cunningham is running on the Republican, Conservative, Working Families, Independence and Green Party lines.

For town council incumbents Stanley Zembryski and Allen Chase are both seeking re-election. Zembryski is running on the Democratic line, and Chase is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Villenova

There are no contested races in Villenova. For town council, Angelo Graziano and Westley Tessey are both running for two open seats. Both are running on the Republican line. For a vacancy on the town council, Joseph Goodway is running on the Republican line.

Westfield

There are no contested races in Westfield. Town justice Jerry LaPorte is running for re-election on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. Town Councilman David Spann is running on the Democratic line and Councilman Raymond Schuster is running on the Republican and Conservative lines.

Erie County

Countywide

Surrogate Judge

Barbara Howe is running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence lines. The seat has a 10-year term and is currently held by Howe.

Family Court Judge

Mary Giallanza Carney and Deanne M. Tripi are running together on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence lines for two seats. Joseph T. Jarzembek is running on the Children First line. The seats have a 10-year term and are currently held by Rosalie S. Bailey and Paul G. Buchanan.

Sheriff

Three candidates’ names will be on the ballot. Richard E. Dobson Sr. is running on the Democratic line, Timothy B. Howard is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines and Bert D. Dunn is running on the Law & Order line. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Howard.

County Comptroller

Kevin P. Gaughan and Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. will be facing off on Tuesday. Gaughan is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines and Mychajliw is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Mychajliw.

County Legislature

11th District

John J. Mills is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines. The seat has a two-year term and is currently held by Mills.

Municipal elections

Brant

For supervisor, Donald L. Clark is running on the Democratic and Working Families lines and Leonard K. Pero is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence/ Taxpayer lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Pero.

For town council, five candidates’ names will be on the ballot for two seats. Paulette R. Renaldo and Daniel B. Kujawinski are both running on the Democratic and Working Families lines and Mark J. DeCarlo and Jeffrey W. Gier are both running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. Terry L. Caber is running on the Taxpayer line. The seats have a four-year term and are currently held by Gier and Clark H. Borngraber. For

For town justice, Debra A. Ritz is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Green Party lines and Clark H. Borngraber is running on the Republican and Conservative lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently open.

Collins

David F. Tessmer is running unopposed for supervisor on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. The seat has a two-year term and is currently held by Tessmer.

For town council, Mary A. Clark and Janet L. Vogtli are running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines for two seats. The seats have a four-year term and are currently held by Clark and Robert F. Gaylord.

For town clerk Dawn M. Spires is running on the Democratic and Conservative lines and Becky Jo Summers is running on the Republican line. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Summers.

For town justice Norman J. Peters is running on the Democratic, Republican and Working Families lines and Brian D. Gernatt is running on the Conservative and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Peters.

For town superintendent of highways, Dennis M. Jensen is running unopposed on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Jensen.

Evans

For town council, Dennis M. Feldmann is running on the Democratic and Conservative lines and Jeanne M. Macko is running on the Republican and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Feldmann.

For town clerk, Lynn M. Krajacic is running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, Working Families and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Jonica D. DiMartino.

For town justice, Timothy J. Cooper is running unopposed on the Democratic, Republican and Conservative lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Cooper.

For town superintendent of highways, Dominic M. Calandra is running on the Democratic line and Edward J. Michalski is running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Michalski.

North Collins

There will be four candidates’ names on the ballot for two seats on the town council. Jeffrey T. Krauss and Jenaro G. Rios are both running on the Democratic line and John M. Tobia and Karen A. Ricotta are running on the Republican line. Tobia is also running on the Conservative line. The seats have a four-year term and are currently held by Krauss and George C. LoBianco. Also, Ellen M. Mathis is running unopposed on the Democratic and Conservative lines for a seat with the rest of the term to be filled.

For town justice, Ward W. Weiser is running unopposed on the Democratic and Conservative lines. The seat has a four-year term and is currently held by Weiser.

Staff writers Samantha McDonnell and Greg Fox contributed to this article.