According to voters in the village of Seneca Falls, the dissolution is the solution. While the majority decided to dissolve the village government, village administrators said they are devastated.
"Certainly I'm disappointed, but I can assure the taxpayers of Seneca Falls that my team and I will do everything we can to facilitate a smooth transition of services to the town board," said Diana Smith, village mayor.
Village administrators said the decision to dissolve village government passed by 105 votes: 1,142 voted yes, while 1,037 voted no.
The village mayor said even when the 125 absentee ballots are counted, it still won't be enough to overturn the decision. Those absentee ballots will be opened next Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Administrators and law enforcement believe this decision could mean losing some jobs. Meanwhile, others believe this decision will benefit the community in the long run and save taxpayers money.
"I certainly hope that the high expectations that the citizens of this community have in terms of the savings that they're gonna receive. I certainly hope that they can be realized," Smith said.
The dissolution will be effective December 31, 2011.
Also in Seneca Falls, David Delelys defeated Tim Masino for the position of 4th Ward Trustee.
Other Election Results
Several other village elections were held in our area Tuesday.
In Monroe County, Hilton residents elected Joseph Lee to a four-year term as village mayor. Larry Speer and James Bimmler were chosen as village trustees, also a four-year term.
In the village of Scottsville, Paul Gee was elected as mayor. Elizabeth Murray and Leslie Wagar were chosen for four-year terms as village trustees, while James Clark won the election over Tom Foster for a two-year term as village trustee.
In Genesee County, Democrat David Bielec and Republican Thomas Sobczak were elected as trustees in the village of Corfu.
In Orleans County, village of Albion residents elected Republican Dean Theodorakos as mayor. Republicans Eileen Banker and Kevin Sheehan were elected as trustees in the village of Albion.
Also in Orleans County, Adam Tabelski defeated Clayton G Ehrenreich III fpr Medina Village Mayor. Village voters also passed a resolution which abolishes the offices of Village Justice and Acting Village Justice and disbands the Village court effective April 4, 2011.
In Yates County, voters chose Bob Church as mayor in the village of Penn Yan. Michael Christensen was elected to a two-year term as trustee. Bart Winslow, Jr., William Allison, and Wayne Davidson were all elected to a four-year term as village trustees.