Village elections take shape in Albion, Lyndonville and Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 February 2016 at 12:00 am

James Tuk, John Belson vie for Lyndonville mayor

The slate of candidates is set for village elections next month in Orleans County.

Lyndonville has the only contest featuring a race for mayor with James Tuk and John Belson running for the village’s top elected official. Tuk is the current deputy mayor and has been leading the village since Steve McAvoy resigned as mayor on Oct. 31 due to the demands of his full-time job.

Belson lost a close re-election for Yates town supervisor in November to Jim Simon. Belson wants to continue in public service. He is running under the Lyndonville Party while Tuk picked “The Lake Party.” The mayor’s post is a four-year term.

Three people are running for two seats on the Village Board, including incumbents Ellen Tuohey (Independent Party) and Danny Woodward (Peoples Party). Andrew Cousins (Sustainable Futures) also is running for village trustee.

The election will be on March 15 with voting from noon to 9 p.m. at the Village Hall.

In Medina, Michael Sidari, a current village trustee, is the only candidate for a two-year term as mayor. Sidari is running under The Village Party, along with incumbent Marguerite Sherman and Tim Elliott, who are seeking two-year terms on the Village Board. Current Mayor Andrew Meier isn’t seeking re-election.

Voting in Medina is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Senior Center.

In Lyndonville and Medina, candidates run under independent parties without the official backing of either Republicans or Democrats.

In Albion, the Republican and Democratic parties still hold caucuses to pick candidates. Albion has two four-year seats open on the Village Board. The Republican Party is backing incumbent Gary Katsanis, and Democrats are backing Mattea Navarra-Molisani and incumbent Peter Sidari.

Voting is from noon to 9 p.m. on March 15 at the Village Hall.

Holley holds its village elections in June.