The votes have been tallied in a write-in election for Cortland County Treasurer and the job now formally belongs to John Banewicz, Sr. — and by quite a convincing margin.
Unofficial numbers show a total of 729 casted ballots for the position, of which Banewicz got just under 55% of the vote (398 votes).
A veteran with the Army Corps of Engineers, Banewicz also worked with Verizon as a computer tech and also owns a small business.
The next highest vote-getters were Gerry Ruggiero (151 votes) and Donnell Boyden (143 votes), who got 21% and 20%, respectively.
Brian Parker was also written in 37 times, for just a 5% share of the vote.
Cortland County’s been without a treasurer since John Tucker resigned this past April, after he was appointed not even a full year prior in 2018.
Next up for counting are the absentee votes in the two legislative races deemed too close to call after last week’s General Election Day, which include the city of Cortland’s LD-5 and the town of Cortlandville’s LD-12.
At last count, District 5 Democrat Susan Wilson currently leads Republican Laurie Comfort by a 12-vote margin.
In District 12, Democratic incumbent Michael Barylski currently trails his Republican challenger, Joseph Nauseef by 13.
Final results from the remaining absentee ballots are expected to arrive on the 21st.
The delay in counting is required by law to ensure full confidentiality, according to Bob Howe, Republican Commissioner for the Cortland County Board of Elections.
Stay tuned with WXHC News for updates as the absentees are counted.