Village elections will finally be held on Tuesday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 September 2020 at 11:21 am

Covid-19 pushed back the elections by several months

The village elections will be held Tuesday in Orleans County, several months later than scheduled.

Albion, Lyndonville and Medina were originally slated to go to the polls on March 18. But that was right in the start of a widespread shutdown in the state.

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.

Polls will be open from noon to 9.m. on Tuesday. Voters should wear a mask when they go to the polling site.

Here is the slate of candidates for the local village elections:

• In Albion, the Republican and Democratic parties held caucuses to pick candidates on Jan. 28. Albion has two four-year seats open on the Village Board, with Mattea Navarra-Molisani and Peter Sidari not seeking re-election.

Republicans nominated Kevin Sheehan, a former trustee, and Christopher Barry to run for the Village Board. Sheehan is retired as a union plumber and Barry works as a corrections officer. The Democratic Party nominated Maurice Taylor, a retired corrections officer.

Barry and Sheehan were appointed to the board in May, after Navarra-Molisani and Sidari resigned on April 30. They stayed in their positions an extra month to help put together the village’s budget for 2020-21.

Voting on Tuesday will be at the Village Hall, 35-37 East Bank St.

• Holley has two people running for mayor: Kevin Lynch and Stanley “Skip” Carpenter. Lynch is the current Holley mayor. He was appointed to position on July 14, following the resignation of Brian Sorochty. Lynch had been serving as Holley’s deputy mayor. Carpenter, a retired postmaster, has previously served as Holley’s mayor.

There are two candidates for trustees. Connie Nenni is seeking re-election. Mark Bower is running for the position vacated by Lynch, when he moved up to be Holley’s mayor.

All of the terms are for two years. The election will move from the Village Office at the Public Square to the Holley Gardens, the former high school that has been transformed into apartments and village offices. The polling location will be in the lobby.

• Lyndonville has three four-year positions open on the Village Board, but only two candidates on the ballot.

John Belson is seeking re-election as mayor and Danny Woodward is seeking another term as a trustee. The other trustee position will be determined by write-in votes.

Belson will be on the ballot under the “John Belson Party” and Woodward is running under “The People Party.”

Voting is at the Village Hall at 2 South Main St.

• Medina also has three positions up for elections, including the mayor’s position currently held by Michael Sidari and the trustee positions currently filled by Marguerite Sherman and Tim Elliott.

All three are seeking re-election to the same positions. They are running under “The Village Party.”

Two people are mounting a write-in campaign. Mary Hare is seeking the mayor’s office while Charles Hartway wants to be a village trustee.

Voting in Medina is at the Senior Center, the former railroad depot at 615 West Ave.

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