posted on March 20, 2013 07:22
Government at its grass roots: the village elections in Genesee County.
For the first time in recent memory there was a contested race for mayor in the Village of Elba.
Incumbent Scott Schuler, who has held the office since October, was elected with 54 votes over conservative Michael Welch who tallied 30 votes.
Official Elba results:
Remaining 1 year term for Mayor:
Scott Schuler 54 Votes
Michael Welch 30 Votes
Remaining 2 year term Trustee
Denis Rohan 64 Votes unopposed
2 year term Trustee
Steve Hynes-Fisher 57 Votes unopposed
4 year term Trustee
Raymond Hackett 65 Votes unopposed
In the Village of Corfu, just two votes was the margin of victory for mayoral candidate Ralph Peterson. He defeated incumbent Todd Skeet 99 to 97 votes.
David Bielec and Keith Busch won seats on the Corfu Village Board.
The Batavia Fire Department is replenishing its ranks after a gambling scandal took down a pair of firefighters.
Four recruits will head to Utica for training next month. The new recruits are replacing those who have since retired, along with two former firefighters recently sentenced in a book making operation and were forced to give up their jobs.
Batavia Police report that they recently completed a compliance check of underage drinking at local bars.
A total of 10 establishments were checked.
Police sent in persons under 21 who tried to purchase alcohol.
The result: not one sold alcohol to underage persons.
Rochester is reportedly one of the fastest growing cities in America. A new list from "Forbes" magazine places Rochester 46th on its list of the fastest growing cities in the nation. Buffalo came in 49th. The rankings took several areas into account, including economic growth and the number of affordable housing units.