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Election Results:


Here are the results of some of the contested General Election races in Steuben County:


Deputy Mayor of Hornell, Republican John Buckley gets to step up today after winning the race for Mayor over Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy.  Meanwhile, in Corning the Mayoral race there also went to the Deputy Mayor, Democrat Bill Boland.  Boland beat Nicholas Weinstein and Elizabeth Whitehouse for the position.  Surrogate Court Judge officially went to Patrick McAllister with 62 percent of the vote; Chauncy Watches received 37 percent despite withdrawing from the race.  In Bath, Rhonda Tobias won Town Clerk with 48 percent, just ahead of Cindy Knowles who had 43 percent.  In Bradford, Robert Wolverton took the Town Justice position over Michele Keefer-Melenhbacher.  The Town Council seats went to Phillip Cogswell and Brian Elliot.  Gillian Campbell won Tax Collector.  In Campbell, Michelle Seeley took 86 percent of the vote to win Town Clerk.  In Cohocton, Chreyl Deusenbery  and Michael Gilman, Jr. won the Town Council seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to Richard Schumacher.  In Lindley, Superintendent of Highways went to Kevin Putman.  In Prattsburgh, Anthony Byington and John Underhill won the Councilman seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to John Perry.  In Pulteney, Terry Gibson won Superintendent of Highways.  In Rathbone, Superintendent of Highways went to Donald McCaig.  In Thurston, Noel Sylvester and Holly Chase each won a councilman seat.  In Tuscarora, the councilman seats went to Robert Peoples and Richard Allen, and Superintendent of Highways went to Brad Tucker.  In Urbana, Deanna Tompkins won Town Clerk, and John Jack Merriam won Town Justice. 


For full local election results, visit https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/boe/2017_general_election/Summary%20report.html.  


In state wide news, voters soundly rejected proposition one – which was for a constitutional convention – but have approved proposition two, which asked whether judges should have the right to revoke the pension of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs.  As for proposition three – which is about the rights of local governments to use forest land for local projects – it’s said to be too close to call at this time.



Multiple Charges of Savona Man in Domestic Dispute:


A domestic dispute in the Village of Savona on Sunday has resulted in multiple charges against a Savona man.  50-year-old Michael Brown is accused of brandishing a knife and making threats to harm the victims, and preventing them from leaving and contacting help.  He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief.  He was released on his own recognizance.  An order of protection was issued.



Rep. Reed Town Hall 11/20:


Representative Tom Reed will meet with his constituents on Monday, November 20th during a Town Hall in the Town of Horseheads.  It’s set for 6 to 7 p.m. and will be held at the American Legion Post 442.



Warmer Weather, Political Turmoil Push Gas Prices Higher:


According to AAA the average price of a gallon of gas jumped 8 cents in the last week due in part to political turmoil in the Middle East and unseasonably warm weather in the U.S.  The benchmark price for a barrel of crude reached $57, the highest in more than two years, in the wake of numerous princes, businessmen and government officials in Saudi Arabia being arrested in an anti-corruption crackdown over the weekend.  Global demand for U.S. stockpiles has also put additional pressure on price.  Crude exports reached 2.1 million barrels a day last week, a new record, which has helped reduce inventories in the U.S. to levels 5 percent below a year ago.  Officials with GasBuddy say drivers can expect to see prices continuing to trend higher over the next week.

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