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Election Rundown: Desmond, Milone Re-Elected; Galasso, Murray Defeated

Written By Editor on 11/6/13 | 11/6/13


 
While citizens of Schoharie County rewarded Sheriff Desmond with 48% of the vote and four more years atop the county's law enforcement apparatus, residents of Cobleskill were less kind to their two leaders: voting incumbent Town Supervisor Tom Murray out by six hundred votes and Village Mayor Mark Galasso by almost two hundred.
 
Esperance and Schoharie residents voted to re-elect their incumbent Supervisors despite them facing two well organized opponents, with Esperance voting overwhelmingly to "Keep Earl Supervisor" and Schoharie standing firmly behind Gene Milone. Mr. Milone's victory in particular speaks volumes to the amount of trust his constituents have in his ability after two years of fighting the powers that be to not only better serve the citizens of Schoharie but to cleanse the county government of inrooted corruption by motioning twenty-one months ago for the initiation of what would become the Fitzmaurice Report.
 
Two Supervisors from the southern portion of the county, Mr. Mann of Blenheim and Mr. Singletary of Jefferson, lost to a pair of young men in their respective races - with Mr. Mann losing by just six votes and Mr. Singletary by sixty, while two races remain too close to call without the inclusion of absentee ballots: Fulton Supervisor Phil Skowfoe, who currently heads the county board, leads his opponent by just two votes and Karl Remmers leads Amber Bleau by three in the Town of Wright.

Supervisors Bradt, Barbic, Lape, Van Glad and Vroman either handily defeated their opponents or faced no opposition at all, while Republicans Bill Federice and Bill Smith of Conesville and Broome respectively trounced their Democrat counterparts. Former Town of Broome Supervisor Anne Batz lost in her bid for Town Clerk, while former Village of Middleburgh Mayor Bill Ansel-McCabe failed to remain on the Middleburgh Town Board.

Most interesting of all, Town of Carlisle residents voted to elect Dave Laraway - host of the Northeast Gardner Show on WSDE - in addition to incumbent councilman Robert Smith with roughly 330 votes for both of the candidates, while in the Town of Summit the Democratic nominee for Councilman received only 8 votes against his Republican opponents, the lowest vote total for a candidate on the ballot this election.

The biggest winner of the evening was District Attorney James Sacket who received well over seven thousand votes, or around 85% of all votes cast county wide, in a dramatic showing of confidence by the citizens of Schoharie County in his prosecutorial abilities. 
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