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Post-Standard, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 2005, Syracuse, New York 'ORANGE WINS SEASON OPENER SU beats Bethune-Cookman, 68-37 SPORTS, PAGE D-1 WHAT'S A TURDUCKEN? It's three birds hi one. CNY, PAGE E-1 NEW 'STAR WARS' VIDEO GAME Is it worth buying? TECHNOLOGY. PAGE f-2 DO THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE Win a trip to Toronto. CNY, PAGE E-3 VERIZON CUTS RATES TO COMPETE BUSINESS, PAGE C-1 The Post-Standard Affiliated with WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2005 FINAL EDITION O 2005 The Post-Standard SYRACUSE, N.Y. 50 CENTS GOOD MORNING WET WEDNESDAY A storm sweeping in from the west will bring cloudy pv skies and rain to -v Central New York today. Colder air will arrive in the area Thurs- day, setting up the potential for flurries later in the week. Complete forecast, D-10 HIGH: 51 LOW: 38 Top races at a glance Unofficial results. For more, see pages B-1, B-2. Key to parties: C Conservative, D Democrat, G Green, I Indepen- dence, R Republican, V Veterans, W Working Families City of Syracuse Mayor Joanie Mahoney, V Matthew J. Driscoll, D... Howie Hawkins, State Proposal 1 Budget Yes v Yes No Proposal 2 Transportation Yes No Yes No 5th Judicial District State Supreme Court justice John S. Balzano, <s Bernadette T. Romano, D.I.W Onondogo County Family Court judge Michele Pirro Bailey, ix David Klim, Legislator 2nd District v Bernard F. Kraft, James R. Kozlowski, 3rd District v William H. Meyer Jr., Thomas Beaulieu, 4th District James W. Farrell, Charles R. Harding Jr.. 6th District v James M. Rhinehart, Karen L. Hanford, Michael E. Plochocki, A..........674 7th District v James L DiBlasi, Dominick C. DiPaulo, D.W...2.717 9th District Gregory J. Limpert, Mark A. Stanczyk, 10th District v Kevin A. Holmquist, Mark Tetley, 11th District Martha E. Mulroy, R.I.C Julio E. Urrutia, 14th District v T. Brendan Whelan, Gary Morris Sr., 16th District V Sam Laguzza, Cosmo Fanizzi III, G................256 17th District Edward F. Ryan, David C. Linton, G...................252 19th District Timothy R. Stapleton, ix Lovie L. Winslow, Source: Onondaga County Board of Elections Supreme Court justice: Totals include Onondaga, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego and Herkimer counties. All other legislature seats were uncontested. Corrections Wal-Mart Northeast Index Classified.........G-l Locnl news.......B-1 Lottery..............A-2 CNY...................E-l Movies...............E-6 Obituaries........B-4 Editorials.......A-l8 Sports...............D-1 Letters...........A-l9 Sudoku..............E-9 THE POST-STANDARD Matt Driscoll Joanie Mahoney Howie Hawkins Driscoll Survives It's the closest Syracuse mayor's race in 80 years By Frederic Pierce and John Marian! Staff writers Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll won a second term Tuesday in the city's tightest mayoral race in 80 years, beating Republican Joanie Mahoney by 3.6 percent of the vote. Driscoll took 49.4 percent of the vote, while Mahoney took 45.8 percent, according to unof- ficial results from the Onondaga County Board of Elections. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins earned 4.6 percent. "We held together, we closed Driscoll told a cheering crowd of about 500 supporters in Eastwood's Palace Theater. "We put our heads down and fought against the fortress of op- position, and we won." The final results, announced before the mayor arrived, were greeted by several minutes of cheers, applause and dancing in the aisles at the Democratic vic- tory party, as Donna Summer's "I Will Survive" boomed from the sound system. It followed an hour of emo- tional ups and downs, as election returns projected on the theater movie screen showed Driscoll and Mahoney switching in and out of the lead every few min- utes. Several hundred supporters at the Regency Ballroom of the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel Conference Center, sub- dued most of the evening as the returns went against Mahoney, cheered for their candidate when she conceded defeat. "1 entered this race because I know that Syracuse can do bet- Mahoney said. "We should expect more from our City Hall. While we came up short at the voting booth today, we did send Matt Driscoll a message. We told City Hall that our opinions really do matter, that we want to be part of the process, and that we expect a city government of the highest of integrity and the purest of intentions.'' Mahoney, a former prosecutor and city councilor, was hoping to become the .first elected woman mayor of not only Syra- cuse, but of any of the five major upstate New York cities. Polls conducted for The Post- Standard and other news media showed the candidates were run- ning in a virtual dead heat com- ing into Election Day. In the end, the margin of victory was the smallest since the city's may- oral race of 1925, when Republi- can George Hanna slipped past Democrat John Walrath with a 1.4 percent margin. MAHOMET, PAGE A-4 Michelle Gabel Staff photographer MAYOR MATT DRISCOLL celebrates his victory Tuesday night at the Palace Theater after a spirited race against challengers Joanie Mahoney and Howie Hawkins. His campaign said about 500 volunteers helped get out the vote. Oswego voters remove acting mayor from council John Berry Staff photographer JOANIE MAHONEY, the Republican candidate for Syracuse mayor, thanks her supporters Tuesday at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel Conference Center. Mahoney said, "I don't re- ally want to pile on the mayor, but he made a very obvious ef- fort to turn the campaign away from Joanie Mahoney and turn it more into a Bob Congel vs. Matt Driscoll kind of race. And that was very difficult for me to overcome." By Catie O'Toole Staff writer Two months of political up- heaval in Oswego continued Tuesday as city voters ousted the man who has served as acting mayor and gave Democrats con- trol of the Common Council for the first time in six years. Acting Mayor William Dun- smoor, a Republican, lost his bid for re-election as 7th Ward coun- cilor. Democrat Richard Atkins won the seat 666-418, according to unofficial results. Republican incumbents James "Jay" Scanlon, David Hall and Frederick "Teddy" Waters also lost their council seats to Demo- cratic challengers. Control of the council will be 5-2 in favor of the Democrats after Jan. 1. It had been 5-2 in favor of the Republicans the party of former Mayor John Gosek. "The city of Oswego has shouted, 'We have had enough. We want a Atkins said. "They want a government they can be proud of. They want someone who will represent them fairly, and that's what we're going to do." Dunsmoor said he may resign as acting mayor before the end of the year, when the new coun- cil takes office. DUNSMOOR, PAGE A-5 Ballot issues: Proposal 1 fails. It would have given the Legislature greater budget power. Proposal 2 passes, permitting the state to borrow billion to improve highways, bridges and Blogging on Election Day: musings from across INSIDE Governors: Democrats win in Virgin- ia and New Across the nation: Ballot measures and which way they Big races elsewhere: Mayors of At- lanta and Sean Kirst: Mayor Matt Driscoll gets a fresh start with second Dick Case: Winning feels good, but it's no First-time voter: Clay teenager goes to the Online updates: Get the latest elec- tion reports at Cavalry aims for pupils9 'hearts and minds9 MISSION TO By Hart Seely Staff writer Baghdad Nobody trained them for this. The U.S. Army taught them to raid insurgent dens, run checkpoints and patrol dangerous streets. It trained them to fight wars not for this. "Hearts and Sgt. 1st Class Robert F. Lieske reminded his men, as Bravo Troop pre- pared for Tuesday's mission. It called for a different sort of offensive. The soldiers of the 1-71 Cavalry would take toys, candy and supplies to an elemen- tary school near Forward Operat- ing Base Independence, their outpost in central Baghdad. The gifts came from the soldiers' families, "who sent them to Iraq in the belief that their sons and husbands will be safer if the streets they patrol are better off. As the soldiers prepared for their third giveaway, Bravo Troop was running low on toys to distribute and 2nd Lt. Robert L. Miller the man assigned to sweat the details feared they would run short. "Hopefully, this goes said Miller, 23, of Preston, Md., carrying the small box of sup- plies that would have to make due. "But I'm nervous." On the last giveaway, some kindergarten students broke into tears at the sight of U.S. troops. It took a while to calm them down. Fortunately, everybody got something that day. The soldiers huddle around Licskc's Humvee. Today's mis- sion should be relatively safe: They will be near kids. Soldiers generally believe the presence of children lowers the chance of enemy attack. RUNNING, PAGE A-l 0 Staff writer Hart Seely and photographer Li- Hua Lan are accompanying soldiers from Fort Drum's 10th Mountain Division in Iraq. for more on their journey, go to Inside: AI-Qaida claims its video shows downed Developments: Another Sad- dam lawyer is J