Medina incumbents, including Sidari, re-elected

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 September 2020 at 10:29 pm

Kevin Lynch elected Holley mayor in a close vote

Photo by Tom Rivers: Village of Holley Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Schiavone, right, announces the results of the village election at 9:45 p.m. from the steps of the Holley Gardens/village office at the former Holley High School. From left, waiting for the results, are Village Trustee Rochelle Moroz, Mayor Kevin Lynch and resident Kerri Neale.

Three incumbent mayors were all re-elected today in village elections in Orleans County.

Mike Sidari was elected to another term in Medina, Kevin Lynch won a close election in Holley, and John Belson will continue in Lyndonville.

The elections were delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Albion, Lyndonville and Medina were originally slated to go to the polls on March 18. Gov. Andrew Cuomo initially moved the village elections to April 28, but then pushed them back again, this time to Sept. 15.

The Village of Holley has been holding its election the third Tuesday in June in recent years. It also was pushed back to Sept. 15.

Here are the results from the four villages:

• In Albion, Christopher Barry and Kevin Sheehan were elected as village trustees, with Barry getting 54 votes and Sheehan, 51. They outpolled Maurice Taylor, who received 17 votes.

• Holley had the closest election, with Lynch holding off Skip Carpenter, 86 to 78. Lynch was appointed to mayor in July after serving as deputy mayor.

He said Carpenter, a retired postmaster and former mayor, is well known in the community.

“The people know us,” Lynch said. “We’re old Holley people.”

Lynch said the village will be pushing to complete a $4.5 million water and sidewalk project next year, and also will be pursuing grant funding for an upgrade at the sewer plant.

Voters also elected Connie Nenni, 122 votes, and Mark Bower, 120 votes, as village trustees.

• In Lyndonville, John Belson was elected to another term as mayor with 39 votes. Darren Wilson received 16 as a write-in.

There were two trustee positions up for election, but only one name on the ballot. Danny Woodward Jr., who was on ballot, was elected with 37 votes. AnnMarie Holland also was elected with 29 write-in votes.

Others to receive write-in votes included Andrew Cousins with 15, and patrick Whipple, Steven Shaw, Michelle Dillenbeck and James Tuk with 1 each.

• In Medina, it looked like the incumbents were all unopposed. But Mayor Mike Sidari and Trustees Tim Elliott and Marguerite Sherman faced a write-in campaign from Mary Hare for mayor and Charles Hartway for trustee.

The incumbents all were re-elected. Sidari received 104 votes to 59 for Hare. Sherman had 124 votes and Elliott received 118, to 56 for Hartway. Tim Hungerford and Peter Huth both also received two write-ins.

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