Area office results announced
A number of municipalities participated in elections Tuesday. Below are the results of area contested races:
Kevin M. O’Rourke won county coroner with an unofficial result of 7,423 votes to David G. Siafakas who received 2,949 votes.
For councilman, three people ran for two open seats. Incumbent Edward M. Lulas received 156 votes and Thomas J. Chupa received 144 votes, according to the unofficial results. Eugene A. Vanderbosch received 86 votes.
For town council, there were four candidates running for two seats. According to unofficial results, Calvin M. Milliman received 97 votes and Jacqueline A. Ellis received 69 votes. Adelia H. Ritter and Amy S. Brookover received 66 and 45 votes, respectively.
Three individuals were running for two open seats. Richard M. Gabel received 311 votes and Connie Johnson received 199 votes, according to unofficial results. Lynn W. Varney received six votes.
Residents in the town also voted on a proposition to extend the town supervisor, highway superintendent and town clerk’s terms of office from two years to four years. The proposition passed with a vote of 163-0, according to unofficial results. The proposed proposition will start terms beginning January 2016.
The incumbent was ousted in the town of Arkwright race, with newcomers Christopher Cannon (D, R) and Clinton Nagel (R, C, I) receiving the most votes. Cannon received the most votes with 239, Nagel received 215 and incumbent Lawrence Ball (C, I) received 143.
Cannon and Nagel ran on platforms of better informing residents of town issues and listening to their concerns. They fill the seats of Ball and Randy Schafer.
Residents in the village of Forestville voted against a proposition to move the village’s election time from March to November. The measure was voted down 137 to 64.
Incumbent Hanover Town Justice Richard Saletta (R, C) won the election with over 50 votes. Saletta received 708 votes to challenger Edward Schintzius’ (D, Taxpayer) 649 votes. Saletta has served as Hanover Justice for four years and in the village of Silver Creek for two years.
Democrats took the Pomfret Town Council race. Brett Christy (D) received 1,559 votes, Christopher Schaeffer (D, WF) received 1,510 and John Sedota (R) received 1,327 votes. Both Christy and Schaeffer are new to government office but campaigned on platforms of reducing costs and improving services to residents. They fill seats previously held by Patricia Lynch-Christina and David Penharlow.
There will be a new Highway Superintendent in the town of Portland. Newcomer Ronald Delcamp (R, C, I) won with 483 votes over incumbent Charles Kelley Jr.’s 416 votes. According to Democratic Elections Commissioner Norman P. Green, 55 absentee ballots were mailed. Delcamp has 31 years experience and ran on a platform of changing and improving the highway department.
Mark Cunningham (R, C, WF, I, G) won the election with 358 unofficial votes over Jeffrey Shevlin Jr. (D), who had 193 votes. Cunningham is an investigator for the Cattaraugus County Public Defenders Office. He will fill the seat vacated by Judge Otis Barber, who retired after 30 years serving the town.
Family Court Judge
With 88 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Mary Giallanza Carney and Deanne M. Tripi are projected to win the two Family Court Judge seats up for grabs with each having about 49 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. Joseph T. Jarzembek of the Children First line came in third with 3 percent.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Republican incumbent Timothy B. Howard is projected to win the seat for Erie County Sheriff with 52 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. Democrat Richard E. Dobson Sr. came in second with 31 percent of the vote and Bert D. Dunn of the Law & Order line came in third with 17 percent.
With 88 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Republican incumbent Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. is projected to win the seat for Erie County Comptroller with 57 percent of the vote, according to unofficial election results. Democrat Kevin P. Gaughan came in second with 43 percent of the vote.
The positions of supervisor, two town councilmen and town justice were up for grabs in this year’s election in the town of Brant. Unofficial election results are listed below.
For supervisor, Republican and incumbent Leonard K. Pero is projected to win with 484 votes. Democrat Donald L. Clark came in second with 265 votes.
For the two town council seats, Republicans Jeffrey W. Gier (an incumbent) and Mark J. DeCarlo are projected to win with 399 votes and 348 votes, respectively. Democrat Daniel B. Kujawinski came in third with 285 votes, Terry L. Caber of the Taxpayer line came in fourth with 181 votes and Democrat Paulette R. Renaldo came in fifth with 172 votes.
For the vacant town justice seat, Republican Clark H. Borngraber is projected to win with 443 votes. Democrat Debra A. Ritz came in second with 306 votes.
The positions of town clerk and town justice were up for grabs in this year’s election in the town of Collins. Unofficial election results are listed below.
For town clerk, Republican and incumbent Becky Jo Summers is projected to win with 580 votes. Democrat Dawn M. Spires came in second with 366 votes.
For town justice, incumbent Norman J. Peters is projected to win with 577 votes. Brian D. Gernatt came in second with 377 votes.
Two town council seats were up for grabs in this year’s election in the town of North Collins.
Unofficial election results project Republicans John M. Tobia and Karen A. Ricotta to be the winners of the two seats, with 525 votes and 457 votes, respectively. Democrat and incumbent Jeffrey T. Krauss came in third with 249 votes and Democrat Jenaro G. Rios came in a close fourth with 234 votes.