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Sorochty re-elected Holley mayor

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 June 2018 at 11:09 pm

Nenni and Lynch also will be back on Village Board

Brian Sorochty

HOLLEY – Village residents re-elected Brian Sorochty as mayor and two incumbents as trustees during the village election today.

Sorochty received 219 votes to 132 for Shawn O’Mara. Current trustees Connie Nenni, 231 votes, and Kevin Lynch, 202, were also re-elected to two-year terms over Alexa Downey, 135, and Robyn Schubmehl, 113.

There were 351 voters out of 967 eligible – a 36.3 percent turnout. The village used paper ballots. The results weren’t announced until 10:15 p.m., 75 minutes after the polls closed. A crowd of about 40 people waited outside the Village Office on the sidewalk for more than an hour until the results were announced.

Sorochty, who works as Vice President of Engineering for an engineering/construction company, was elected to a second two-year term. He is thankful he can keep working on village projects, including upcoming initiatives for new sidewalks and water infrastructure that are largely covered by grants. Holley also has received a planning grant for redeveloping vacant buildings in the downtown, finding uses for brownfield sites, including the former Diaz Chemical property, and boosting the village’s housing stock.

Sorochty is also excited for the start of construction on the renovation of the old Holley High School. This fall Home Leasing LLC of Rochester will start on the $17 million project, creating 41 senior apartments and the village offices in the building.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome and the turnout,” he said. “It was a very important election with the projects we have going on. I’m also pleased my fellow trustees were re-elected and we can continue our team.”

O’Mara, a Gates police officer, wants to see more progress in paving village streets, fixing sidewalks and upgrading village parks. He also wants to see the village push harder to have a new bank and grocery store come into the community since Holley lost its bank and a former Save-A-Lot store.

The new terms for the mayor and trustees start July 1.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Holley Village Clerk-Treasurer Deborah Schiavone reads off the election results outside the Village Office at about 10:15 p.m.

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