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  • Absentee votes change outcome of First Ward race

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  • LITTLE FALLS — David Gevry is the newest member of the Little Falls Common Council, according to official returns from the Herkimer County Board of Elections.
    Election night results had Republican Jonathan Shaffer leading Gevry, a Democrat, by a single vote, 87 to 86, for the second First Ward seat on the Common Council.
    Gevry gained four absentee votes and Shaffer gained two, resulting in a final tally of 90 votes for Gevry and 89 votes for Shaffer, according to the county Board of Elections.
    “It was extremely interesting how close this race was. People say their vote cannot make a difference, but in this case one vote truly did make a difference,” Gevry said during a telephone interview Monday afternoon. “I am grateful for the support.”
    Gevry said it was trying to wait for the county Board of Elections to count the absentee ballots and certify the results, and that the called the board “a lot.”
    “My wife never voted before, and she kept telling me I would win the election by one vote and her vote would be the one that put me over,” he said. “It turned out that way.”
    Gevry, a veteran with more than ten years of honorable service in the Navy and Army, said he looks forward to bringing a new voice and new ideas to city government.
    “I want to make an impact,” he said Monday. “I want to make an impact locally and help the people of the city. It’s something that is very important to me.”
    Gevry will represent the city’s First Ward alongside incumbent Democrat Jeffrey Gressler, who gained eight absentee votes to finish with a final tally of 182.
    “I would like to thank the First Ward voters for showing their support for me in the election and I will be honored to serve them for two more years,” said Gressler.
    Official results confirmed incumbent Democrat Mark Ruffing and independent candidate Peter DeLuca as the winners of the two Third Ward seats on the Common Council.
    Ruffing gained four absentee votes and DeLuca gained one. Ruffing finished with 99 votes and DeLuca finished with 59. Independent candidate Michael Lonis gained one absentee vote to finish with 46 votes and Republican incumbent Douglas Barnes gained two absentee votes to finish with a total of 36 votes.
    Absentee votes did not affect the outcome of any of the Herkimer County Legislature races, and confirmed county Republicans were able to gain a seat on the Legislature.
    Election night returns had Republican Martin Luppino leading incumbent Democrat Gary Hartman 262 to 202 for the District 1 seat. Luppino gained 15 absentee votes and Hartman gained 16. The final vote was 277 for Luppino and 218 for Hartman.
    Page 2 of 3 - Incumbent Democrat Helen Rose led Republican Thomas Powers 407 to 333 for the District 2 seat on election night. Rose gained 77 absentee votes and Powers gained 23. The final vote was 484 for Rose and 356 for Powers.
    On election night, Republican Robert Wellington led Democrat Robert Drumm by a vote of 155 to 115 for the District 4 seat held by Jean Maneen. Wellington gained 12 absentee votes and Drumm gained seven. The final vote was 167 for Wellington and 122 for Drumm.
    Election night returns had incumbent Republican Raymond Johnson leading Democrat Bridget McKinley 338 to 231 for the District 5 seat. Johnson gained 14 absentee votes and McKinley gained 29. The final vote was 352 for Johnson and 260 for McKinley.
    Republican John Stephens led Democrat David Murray 202 to 159 for the District 6 held by Leonard Hendrix seat on election night. Stephens gained 10 absentee votes and Murray gained 18. The final vote was 212 for Stephens and 177 for Murray.
    Incumbent Republican Vincent Bono led Democrat John Werczynski 366 to 154 for the District 11 seat on election night. Bono gained 27 absentee votes and Werczynski gained four. The final vote was 393 for Bono and 158 for Werczynski.
    On election night, incumbent Republican Frederick Shaw led Democrat Richard Souza 545 to 362 for the District 16 seat. Shaw gained 31 absentee votes and Souza gained 26. The final vote was 576 for Shaw and 388 for Souza.
    Incumbent Bruce Weakley led Democrat David Maxwell and Green Party candidate Christine Shahin for the District 17 seat on election night. Weakley had 471 votes, Maxwell had 160 and Shahin had 56. Weakley gained 13 absentee votes, Maxwell gained three and Shahin did not gain any absentee votes. The final vote was 484 for Weakley, 163 for Maxwell and 56 for Shahin.
    Official vote results confirmed Republican James Hall and incumbent Republican Richard Lindsay won the two seats on the Fairfield Town Council. Hall finished with 287 votes and Lindsay finished with 251. Independent candidate James Spellman finished with 231 votes and Democrat Larry Weakley finished with 209.
    Official results also confirmed incumbent Republican Mary Dineen won the town clerk’s race. Dineen finished with 319 votes and Democrat Tara McCarthy finished with 212.
    Incumbent Republican William Dillenbeck was confirmed as the winner of the highway superintendent’s race. Dillenbeck finished with 281 votes and independent candidate Robert Carney IV finished with 270.
    Official results confirmed incumbents Darlene Balio-Abbatecola, a Republican, and Michael Testa, a Democrat, retained their seats on the Frankfort Town Council. Balio-Abbatecola finished with 716 votes and Testa finished with 742. Democrat Mark Valent finished with 548 votes.
    Incumbent Republican John Richard was confirmed as the winner of the town of Herkimer highway superintendent’s race. Richard finished with 938 votes and Conservative Party candidate David McManus finished with 882.
    Democrat Mark O’Sullivan and Republican Terry McKane were confirmed as the winners of the two seats on the Litchfield Town Council. O’Sullivan finished with 135 votes and McKane finished with 109. Republican Sean Davis finished with 100 votes.
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    Incumbent Republican Donald Cotton was confirmed as the winner of the town of Little Falls highway superintendent’s race. Cotton finished with 289 votes and independent candidate Peter Campione finished with 265.
    Official results confirmed incumbent Republican Carl Stallman, Jr. as the winner of the town of Manheim highway superintendent’s race. Stallman finished with 427 votes and Conservative Party candidate Gordon Robotham finished with 243.
    Incumbent Republican Scott Bagetis was confirmed as the winner of the town of Ohio supervisor’s race. Bagetis finished with 159 votes and Conservative Party candidate Jerry Roberts finished with 78 votes.
    Official results also confirmed independent candidate Karen Mowers won the town justice seat from incumbent Republican James Krauciunas. Mowers finished with 131 votes and Krauciunas finished with 104.
    Republican Ray Jenkins was confirmed as the winner of the town of Russia highway superintendent’s race. Jenkins finished with 342 votes and independent candidate William Young finished with 173 votes.
    Official results confirmed Republican Larry Williams won the town of Salisbury highway superintendent’s race. Williams finished with 277 votes and independent candidate Gary Lamphere finished with 80 votes.
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