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Victory voters say no to dissolution

Schuylerville mayor re-elected; Cambridge mayor defeated
2013-03-19T21:24:00Z 2013-03-19T23:11:48Z Victory voters say no to dissolutionBILL TOSCANO -- btoscano@poststar.com Glens Falls Post-Star

The village of Victory is alive and well.

Residents in the village rejected a resolution to dissolve Tuesday, voting 143-82 to turn down the plan after an arduous two-year process that led to political dissension and a serious split between the mayor and the two village trustees.

Victory voters also elected the two Republican candidates, both of whom opposed dissolution. Patrick Dewey was elected mayor, 128-89, over Malcolm Salla, who ran on the Democratic and Victory Green party lines.

Tim Healy was re-elected as a trustee, defeating Patty Jolie-Zotzmann, 131-90.

Since Dewey has one year remaining in his term as a trustee, the election leaves the three-person board one member short. Dewey and Healy will appoint the new trustee.

Mayor James Sullivan, who was elected four years ago and pushed for dissolution, did not run for re-election.

Had the vote gone in favor of dissolution, the village, which was founded 1849, would have been absorbed into the town of Saratoga at the end of 2014. Instead, it will remain a village within the town with its own fire department, water district, trash pickup and department of public works.

Schuylerville

In Schuylerville, a village which voted against dissolution two years ago, John Sherman was re-elected mayor with 190 votes over Charles Sherman, who received 117 votes. The two men are not related.

In a four-way race for Village Board in Schuylerville, Republican Andrew Jennings led all candidates with 215 votes and will be joined on the board by fellow Republican Jim Miers, an incumbent, who received 148 votes. Dan Carpenter finished with 128 votes and Paul Flanders Jr. had 120.

John Sherman has been mayor of the village for the last eight years.

Cambridge

The village of Cambridge will have a new mayor as Trustee Valerie Reagan defeated incumbent Steven Robertson, 85-77.

Sara Kelly, who received 125 votes, and Rich Lederer-Barnes, who had 91, were elected to the Village Board. Like Victory, the Cambridge board is one person short, because Reagan had time remaining on her term as a trustee.

“I am shocked,” Reagan said after the vote. “Obviously, it was close. I am not really sure I can say why right now.

“I do know that I have to give thanks to a lot of people who went out and spread my message,” she added. “I could not have done it without them.”

Whitehall

In Whitehall, Michael LaChapelle and Marjorie Mohn earned re-election to the Village Board. LaChapelle received 78 votes and Mohn had 75. Challenger Donna Filomio received six votes. Mayor Peter Telisky was running unopposed.

Of the nine villages in Washington County, only Cambridge and Whitehall had contested elections. Five others had all candidates running unopposed, and two had no elections.

Big turnout

In Victory, nearly two-thirds of the voters turned out despite the day’s snowy weather. In all, there were 225 votes cast, and Village Clerk Maureen Kemmet said 225 of the village’s 364 registered voters cast ballots.

Kemmet said voters came in a steady stream throughout the day. The vote against dissolution saved Kemmet’s job.

Sullivan said he was not surprised at the result, but said he did think the vote would have been closer.

“It was not as close as I expected. I thought it would be 10 or 15 votes closer at least,” he said. “I am not angry. I am not frustrated. I am disappointed in the village residents because they are not paying attention.”

The vote ended two years of debate among village residents and brought Sullivan’s four years as mayor to a close.

Sullivan pushed hard for dissolution, but he had a number of run-ins with Dewey and Healy. At one point, Sullivan fired Kemmet, but she was reinstated by a Saratoga County judge. Dewey and Healy later pushed a referendum that stripped the mayor of some of his powers.

If Victory voters had approved dissolution, the village’s property would have been transferred over to the town, and taxpayers would have been responsible for paying for their own trash pickup.

According to the Press-Republican newspaper of Plattsburgh, the village of Champlain, which is in the town of the same name in Clinton County near the Canadian border, voted 199-59 against dissolution on Tuesday. The paper reported there may have been irregularities with the ballots used in the election.

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    Reality_Check - March 20, 2013 5:03 pm
    Didn't see that one coming....

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