The preliminary results are in from yesterday’s (November 5) General Election Day and at this point it’s still too early to tell which party will come out with a majority on the Cortland County Legislature.
Two airtight races in the city of Cortland’s L.D. 5 and the town of Cortlandville’s L.D. 12 have now come down to absentee votes, which may take several more days to count.
District 5 Democratic nominee Susan Wilson currently leads Republican Laurie Comfort by a 12-vote margin, with a total count of 165-153.
Incumbent Chad Poli ran on a third party line and received 21 votes.
In District 12, Democratic incumbent Michael Barylski currently trails his Republican challenger, Joseph Nauseef by 13 votes at a running tally of 333-320.
**Democrats need to win both of these seats to sway a 9-8 majority in their favor, with Republicans needing just one to retain it.
Additionally, the county-wide proposition to raise the term for legislators from two years to four appears to have passed by more than 800 votes (3,021-2,207).
Meanwhile in the town of Cortlandville, Republicans did maintain control of the town board, despite a convincing effort from challengers on the Democratic side.
Republican Thomas Williams won the town supervisor job (2-year term) over Democratic board member Doug Withey by more than 200 votes (1,074-860).
As for the town councilperson openings (4-year terms), the two full-term seats went to Republicans Jay Cobb and incumbent Theodore Testa, who each received more than 1,100 votes.
Republican Jeff Guido beat Democrat Bekkie Bryan for a partial-term seat running through the end of 2021, which was left behind by a vacancy.
The race to fill an opening created by a town justice (4-year term) retirement went to Republican Mary Beth Mathey, who defeated Democrat Robert DeMarco by a 1,264 -341 tally.
In the City of Cortland, current 7th Ward Alderman Troy Beckwith won back his seat (2-year term) from Republican challenger James Hawley, who had tried dropping out of the race anyway but missed the deadline to do so.
Village of Homer elections went uncontested, but residents voted “yes” on a proposition to relinquish to the town of Homer a 1.5 acre uninhabited tax parcel, located west of Carroway Hill Road and bounded by Interstate Route 81 (280-203).
The three openings created by retirements on the State Supreme Court in the 6th Judicial District will go to Republicans Mark Masler (Cortland County), Chris Baker (Chemung County) and Oliver Blaise III (Broome County), who received the highest vote totals AT 74,586, 68,879 and 63,729, respectively.
They’ll now serve 14-year terms, after clearing Democrats Pete Charnetsky and Claudette Newman by minimum of 10K votes (Charnetsky-50,162; Newman – 50,881).
There’s also a write-in election for county treasurer, where a total of 935 votes will now be counted by hand.
According to Republican Commissioner for the Cortland County Board of Elections Robert Howe, that can’t legally begin until at least seven (7) full days after the polls were closed. (more on that here)
In that race, there are four officially declared candidates, namely John Banewicz, Sr., Donnell Boyden, Gerry Ruggiero and Brian Parker.
Be sure to stay with WXHC News for updates as more results come in.