No surprises in local town election


Countywide election results (winners in bold, results unofficial)




Washington County Treasurer

Albert Nolette, R,  5,726 Gayle Hall, I,         3,340

 Washington County Sheriff Jeffery Murphy, R,  7,887

 Washington County Clerk Dona Crandall, R,   7,537

 Washington County Coroner: Naomi Marsh, D,  2,891; Terry Barber, D,  3,265; Michael Putorti, D,  3,350; James Gariepy, R,  4,933; Tracy Snell, R,  5,268; Edwards Parsons, R,  4,697; Ruth Scribner, R,  4,887  

New York State Supreme Court: John Silverestri, D, 3,448; John Lahtinen, R, 5,589; Robert Chauvin, R, 5,987; Ann Crowell, R, 6,615  

Hicks, Emery, Rathbun others retain seats

By Matthew Rice


In an election that was over before it started, unopposed candidates for office in Granville won seats with little fanfare Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Running for his first full term as supervisor, Matt Hicks said his focus remained on doing everything he could to control taxes at both the town and county level.

In a year with no big national races and no local opposition, voter turnout was expected to be quite low.

With all district reporting in Hicks took 468 votes.

Hicks said he was grateful for the support he received from everyone in the town.

“I certainly want to thank the community for their support for not just me but the town board especially through recent disaster. We felt supported and it was everyone pulling together for a community effort,” Hicks said.

As far as the workings of the town, Hicks said things were going well.

“We’re on task, we’re on schedule. The budget’s either on budget or under budget for almost everything,” Hicks said. 

Although the town crews were delayed in their work for about six weeks following Irene, Hicks said projects such as the Rails to Trails work are back on schedule. Joint work with the village on the sidewalk project from Rite Aid along Quaker Street into the village will likely take place in the New Year, he said.

Mary Emery retained her seat on the board for what she said might be her last election in Granville town politics, as this four year term will have her on the board until 2016. Emery has served one full term as well as serving part of another when then board member Beverly Tatko was named supervisor after the passing of Rodger Hurley in 2010.

Emery received 399 votes.

“I appreciate their votes,” Emery said of supporters, “and I look forward to serving them for the next four years and supporting Matt Hicks as supervisor as well as the rest of the town board.”  

Matt Rathbun also retained his seat on the board, taking 406 votes.

Also reelected were town clerk Jenny Martelle, highway superintendent John Tanner and town justice Roger Forando. Elected to the open justice seat after the retirement of Donald Parker is Ron Daigle.

In Hartford incumbent supervisor Dana Haff retained his seat for a second term taking 374 votes across Democrat, Republican and Independent lines. Newcomer Elizabeth Foote, Kevin Eastman and former supervisor Henry Gallinari took seats on the board with the newcomer, Foote taking the most votes with 366.

In Hebron, the race between three candidates for two seats on the town board was split between an incumbent and a newcomer as James Nelson kept his seat on the board and Robert Nailor joins the board. Nailor took 183 votes, Nelson 207 and B. Martin Warner 177.  Floyd Pratt retained his position as highway superintendent 269 to 113 over Ivan Watros.

Supervisor Brian Campbell and clerk Dorothy Worthington ran unopposed and were reelected.



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