The East Rochester Village Board has named Republican candidate David Bonacchi the new Town Justice. The vote came after the election ended in a tie. It's the first tiebreaker of its kind in Monroe County history.
"This isn't something that happens very often,” said Frederick Ricci, East Rochester mayor.
Seventy-three percent of voters turned out for the election in the small village of East Rochester, and with more than 2,500 votes cast for Town Justice, it ended in a tie.
Under state law, the village board fills the vacant seat, but only for one year.
"Bonacchi, do we have a second?"
Republican candidate David Bonacchi was appointed as Town Justice following a four-to-one vote Tuesday evening. Board members felt Bonacchi, the former village mayor and police officer, was best suited to hit the ground quickly, with a shorter learning curve.
"If it were Dennis Greco he would probably be a fine judge as well, but I have to look at what we are charged to do under town law so I support Dave Bonacchi as well."
Ricci voted for Democratic challenger Dennis Greco. Ricci says both candidates were equally qualified.
Next November, voters will head to the polls to vote for town justice. The winner of that election will serve a full four year term.
"I've been in court upstairs for a long time. I understand the court system very well. I am prepared to do what needs to be done to handle the cases as a judge. I don't think there's going to be a huge learning curve. I know the community and think I'll be in good shape come January 1st," said Bonacchi.
Greco is best known for being the East Rochester football coach for the past 20 years. He says he's pleased so many people came out to vote.
"I think it's political to some degree, I'm certainly sure they supported Dave in the campaign and would change directions now. I'm very humbled by the fact that people supported for me and voted for me,” Greco said.
Greco said he is still considering if he will run again next year.