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The Times
  • Young challenger takes on incumbent in Mohawk mayoral race

  • The incumbent mayor wants to continue the work she started.

    Her opponent wants young people to get involved in molding the village.

    It’s election time in Mohawk.

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  • The incumbent mayor wants to continue the work she started.
    Her opponent wants young people to get involved in molding the village.
    It’s election time in Mohawk.
    Village residents go to the polls June 19 to make their choice as incumbent Irene Sweet, an independent, and Republican James “Jim” Baron run for mayor.
    Incumbent George Cryer, an independent, is running unopposed for the lone trustee position.
    Sweet, 65, said if she’s re-elected she’d like to finish some of the things she’s started, such as obtaining grant money the village has applied for to enhance paths in the park.
    “We’re working and getting ready to submit another grant for housing (as well),” she said.
    Baron, 28, a lifelong resident, said he wants to make a positive change for the community.
    “I would like to see the village be a better all-around place to live in,” he said, adding that he’ll look into obtaining grant money to fund improvements.
    Sweet said she plans on looking into a grant to build a playground in the park as well as to upgrade the fire department’s equipment.
    “We’re kind of a tiny village, but we’re holding on,” she said.
    Baron said he wants to get the younger generation involved in the community and volunteering.
    “I hope to be an example of how young people can get involved and be a positive change,” he said.
    Ernestine Keeler, a Mohawk resident for about 25 years and co-owner of the Side Street bar, said she’s ready for a change.
    “We need some new, young blood,” she said.
    Barbara Bellstedt, a member of the village’s recreation commission, said she’d like to see more openness in government.
    “It just seems like it’s been hush-hush,” she said.
    Bellstedt’s more pressing concern, however, is family. With a school merger on the horizon, Bellstedt said she’d like to see more activities in the community for children.
    “I would hope to see the community get back to a more family-based community that we used to be,” she said.

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