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Wadsworth elected supervisor; Dwyer and Hop win

Will Wadsworth cruised to victory in the Geneseo supervisor’s race with 35.7 per cent of the vote in a four-way race. Incumbent Wes Kennison came in second with 25.7 per cent on the Conservative and Common Sense lines. Democrat Bob Wilcox finished third with 21. 8 per cent of the vote, with Corrin Strong garnering 16.8 per cent on the independent Geneseo First line.

In the five-way Town Board race the two incumbents were re-elected with David Dwyer leading the ticket with 1,344 votes. Hop Manapol running on the Conservative and Common Sense lines defeated Republican Patti Lavigne for the second seat, 954-808. Democrats John Zmich and Sally Wood finished with 741 and 583, respectively.

A total of 2,316 votes were cast in the supervisor’s race, an increase of about 15 per cent over the total cast four years ago. The overall turn-out town-wide was about 44 per cent, but that was reduced by lackluster SUNY Geneseo student voting which was not a significant factor in the outcome.

In District 2, which is primarily college students, the turn-out was just 17.4 per cent. Wilcox won that district with 60 votes versus 45 for Wadsworth, 37 for Kennison and 27 for Strong. In contrast, the three districts outside the village had a turnout near 60 per cent. Those districts provided a healthy margin for the winners, while the Democrats did poorly outside the village, where Wilcox ran in fourth place.

In other election news, Board of Supervisor’s Chairman Jim Merrick of Groveland, a Republican, fought off a challenge by Democrat Ron Niedermaier. In Lima, the two Republican candidates who were also on the independent Lima Citizens party line, Kathy Gardner and Dan Marcellus both won. They had been active in the successful effort to stop a proposed Super Wal-Mart last year.

Weekend round-up

With all the excitement at the Geneseo Planning Board this week, a number of other stories slipped under the radar. Monday was also the night of the Geneseo Village Board meeting and here are a few items that came out there:

1. Village passes Master Plan. After months of debate, the village finally passed a new master plan with a 5-0 vote. A super majority (of at least 4-1) was needed after the Livingston County Planning Board disapproved the plan. A few minor revisions were made after the county’s action, but the key part of the plan that changes the former C-2 area into a more restrictive mixed use area remains in place. The plan itself does not put a size limit on new commercial structures. That will have to happen with new zoning adopted pursuant to the new plan.

2. College abandons bypass proposal. The village and town have received a letter from SUNY Geneseo indicating that they have abandoned their proposal to close the Mary Jemison Bypass. The state DOT had conducted traffic counts earlier this year to study the idea, which has been strongly criticized by many. Although the letter was somewhat vaguely worded, it appears that the idea is dead “for now.”

3. New roof must be rebid. The village reported that they received no bids on the proposal to replace the roof on the Geneseo Municipal Building. It had been hoped the work could be done before winter. A high insurance bond of $5 million is being blamed for the lack of bids. The job is expected to be rebid for spring with a lower bond.

In other news around the county, Lima Citizen and Republican town board candidate Cathy Gardner also won one of the spots on the Democratic ticket at the caucus Wednesday night. Gardner edged out former board member Allen Lacey by one vote, 56-55.

Gardner’s running mate on the other two lines, Dan Marcellus, finished fourth with 50 votes even though neither Gardner or Marcellus campaigned for the nomination. Charlie Cole won the other spot with 60 votes.

Finally, for those interested in the Geneseo Supervisor race, audio files of radio interviews of the candidates are being posted on Corrin Strong’s campaign web site. So far, Bob Wilcox and Will Wadsworth have appeared on the weekly David Parish Show on WYSL, with the other two candidates coming up in future weeks. In his interview Wadsworth appears to come out as pro-Lowe’s.

All four candidates will also be appearing in a radio debate to be aired on WYSL on October 6. That will also be posted when available. A candidate’s forum including the four supervisor and the five town board candidates is scheduled at the college on October 18 at 7 p.m.