Village Elections: Edwards To Dissolve, GOP Wins Hermon Mayor Seat

Herrings Mayor Appears To Hold Off Write-In Candidate

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Edwards residents have voted overwhelmingly to dissolve their village into the town by the start of 2013.

In voting Tuesday, the tally was 55 in favor, 9 opposed. Edwards, which had a dissolution committee studying the issue, will become the 44th village to dissolve itself in New York since 1920. (See our earlier report on the village vote here.)

Edwards officials said they were surprised by the light turnout, with 250 registered voters, they anticipated more voters.

In Lowville, Donna Smith beat incumbent mayor Mary Youngs, 299-218.

In Evans Mills, incumbent mayor Robert Boucher trailed challenger (and former trustree) Allen Bush. Bush had 31 votes Tuesday night, Boucher 28.

In Hermon, Republican Cathy Street won in a landslide for village mayor, receiving 43 votes. Write-in candidate John Stransky got 8 votes, while Democrat Sheri Smith grabbed seven votes.

In Herrings, Mayor Rick Bierman appears to have narrowly defeated write-in candidate Jeremy Barlow, 20 to 19. Expect this result to be reviewed, as one village resident has already called 7 News to allege that she was denied an absentee ballot.

All results are unofficial.

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Our earlier report:

Connie Hoard makes 100 copies of Glen Park's election ballots every March, even though the village election hasn't attracted more than 30 voters in any year in the last decade.

On Tuesday, almost all of those copies became the clerk's newest pack of scrap paper.

Howard Gantner and Shane Wisner, the village's two trustees up for election, received 11 votes each. Inspectors were done counting almost as soon as the polls closed at 9 p.m.

Several north country villages will experience similar returns tonight, as most incumbents are uncontested for re-election.

Jeff Nelson will have results of four competitive races on the 10 p.m. broadcast on Fox 28 and the 11 p.m. news on WWNY 7.

In the races we are following closest:

  • In Evans Mills, Mayor Robert Boucher is being challenged by former trustee Allen Bush.
  • In Lowville, Mayor Mary Youngs is opposed by newcomer Donna Smith.
  • In Hermon, Democrat Sheri Smith and Republican Cathy Streeter are both vying to replace outgoing Mayor Robert Sanderson, who decided not to seek re-election.
  • In Theresa, there's a four way race for village justice: Myrtle Calhoun, Rachel Roberts, Jonathan Walker and John Hallett are running to fill the remainder of a village justice term that opened last August with the resignation of Andrea McIntyre. It's a one year position.
  • In Edwards, residents will vote on whether to dissolve the village into the town by 2012.
  • There is also word of a write-in campaign ongoing for trustee seats and a mayor's position in Herrings. If it's resolved tonight, we'll bring you the results.

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