November 9, 2011


2 alderman races undecided

Incumbents Ferguson, Quail hold slim lead in 5th, 7th wards. Absentee ballots will be counted Tuesday

ElectionBob Ellis/staff photographer
Democrat Kathryn Silliman gets a hug from her son Jack after learning she had defeated Republican John DelVecchio in the race for 2nd Ward alderman. Both candidates ran to replace Democratic Alderman Stephanie Hayes, who did not seek re-election.

Staff Reporter

The city Common Council will have three new faces after Tuesday’s election, while two races are too close to call.
Democrat Katy Silliman will represent the 2nd Ward, after defeating Republican John DelVecchio, 298-191, in unofficial results.
Silliman said the outcome of the election was “really fantastic” but said she was not surprised. She thanked voters from the 2nd Ward for choosing her to represent them.
DelVecchio could not be reached by cell phone Tuesday night.
Two races were too close to call with absentee ballots still to be counted.
In the 5th Ward, incumbent Republican Dan Quail is ahead of Democrat David Funk, 156-143. Gerry Ruggiero, of the Stop Tax Abuse/Blue Bags party, received 94 votes.
The Cortland County Board of Elections has received 29 absentee ballots for the 5th Ward race. Those ballots will be counted Tuesday.
“We’ll see what happens a week from now,” Quail said.
Democrat incumbent Linda Ferguson and Republican Michael Magee are still not sure about who will serve as 7th Ward alderman. Ferguson is ahead of Magee by 13 votes.
Ferguson currently leads 165-152. The Board of Elections has received 29 absentee ballots in the 7th Ward race.
Democrat Julie Bird defeated incumbent Republican Bob Craig, 365-217, in the race for 1st Ward alderman.
“I’m really just in shock. I’ve never experienced anything like this,” Bird said. “I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to serving on the council. I think we’re going to have a good council.”
Craig said he was proud of his time on the council and wished his colleagues the best. He said he was proud of the fact that taxes remained flat during his time on the council and said the city was in good shape with Director of Administration and Finance Mack Cook.
“I did my job, put in my time,” Craig said. “The voters have spoken.”
Incumbent Ken Dye won the 3rd Ward race over Republican John Barden, 236-94.
“It’s overwhelming with the amount of people that voted for me and I won’t let them down,” Dye said.
Dye cited flooding issues and the city’s rental permit program as areas that need to be addressed in the next two years.
Democrat John Bennett will represent the 4th Ward after defeating Working Families Party candidate Cassandra Schneider, 116-62.
Bennett said there are several areas within his ward that he would look to address on the council.
He said he has heard that year-round residents on Pearl Street can not find parking on the street during the school year because college students take up all the spots.
He said he would also like to work with SUNY Cortland on its proposed student life center. Bennett said he has concerns that placing the center on Carl “Chugger” Davis field could lead to problems with the city’s water supply and disrupt the neighborhoods surrounding the center.
Bennett and his wife, Linda, co-own the Bennett Newspaper Distributorship, which delivers The Post-Standard to Cortland, Cortlandville and Homer and the Cortland Standard to the Groton area.
Incumbents Carlos Ferrer (D- 6th Ward) and Tom Michales (R- 8th Ward) ran unopposed and received 234 and 255 votes, respectively. Michales is a four-term alderman and Ferrer was appointed to the council in July 2010.


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