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Wellsville Daily Reporter (Newspaper) - November 9, 1977, Wellsville, New York Your Newspaper Reporter Allegany and Potter Counties Watchful Newspaper Year New Wednesday November 1977 1 5 Cents Per Copy Town of Wellsville McFadden squeaks out win Allen on council CHARLES SHINE JAMES RAPTIS Wellsville Dems score in legislature Career postal employe John Hollod nosed out three other candidates by a toted of 52 votes to finish third and win a seat in the Allegany County Legislature will join incumbents Charles Shine and James Raptis in delegation in The Wellsville contingent returns to a 2 to 1 Democratic edge for the first time since the death of Richard Embser early in Democrat Shine lead all with Republican Raptis tallied with finished 20 votes ahead of another Joseph who polled Another 23 votes in fifth was William Garvey with votes and in sixth with was Kenneth A confusion between differences in the machine ballots and the paper absentee ballots kept the race for the third legislative seat in suspence for more than an hour last Election inspectors in most cases were forced to recount absentees Francis coast to victories Republican Reynard Meacham continued the tradition of Richard Burdick before him in rolling up a massive margin over challenger William Bubenicek in the race for Allegany County Meacham won 76 per cent of the vote in rolling to a total of in the only true countywide contest on Tuesdays a independent who was on the Democratic polled Cuba attorney George running unopposed on the Republican tallied to become district The race for sheriff traditionally has been decided in the Republican This year was no as former trooper Meacham emerged the victor in September from a GOP field which once numbered On primary Meacham defeated another former Louis Reitnauer and former undersheriff Lawrence In the general Meachams credentials trooper and state police Alfred University and Almond town justice proved too much for Bubenicek at was one of the youngest men ever to run for elective off ice in the lives in Alfred In recent years he had been of the county mobile health As a he rose to the rank of sergeant in three and later was in charge of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at Francis also fought a hard battle in the GOP ousting incumbent district attorney Thomas On Jan Francis will switch sides from the countys public defenders office to the role of chief county He has gained a reputation as a skilled defense in private because the absentee ballot did not carry the name of county coroner candidate George A recount or challenge could change the but victory margin would likely stand up to a In his first bid for elective office after 37 years in government Hollod became the Cinderella candidate of In a strong sixman the Democrat ousted incumbent Garvey and rolled back the challenge of fellow Democrat the acting dean of the Wellsville division of Alfred State the popular former liquor store owner and continued his winning In the sixman Shine carried election districts one through He polled just over 25 per cent of all the votes cast for who went to Belmont as an the death of Embser and later scored a narrow victory over Gean Thurner in a special yesterday scored an impressive win behind Mr tally of represented 18 per cent of the Raptis won District edging Shine there by two The margin separating third place finisher Hollod from sixth place finisher Kiefer was a total of a single percentage All four men finished with between 13 and 14 per cent of the victory and Schaffners finish in front of two Republicans reflected Democratic strength in the village of Wellsville But the extra Wellsville Democratic seat in Belmont appears to have been nullified by the defeat of incumbent Democrat Lee Ryan in District 5 by only a handf ull of By the narrowest of margins 23 votes out of more than Highway Superintendent John McFadden won his ninth consecutive term He defeated Democrat James Hennessy who lost his second bid to unseat McFadden by a total margin of less than one percentage The unofficial tally was for McFadden for Because of confusion surrounding differences in machine and absentee a recount could change the although it seems likely victory margin will In other town Democrat Francis Sonny Sobeck scored a victory over Republican Ruth Brown to win his third term as town The vote was Sobeck Brown IN THE fourway race for two councilman Republican incumbent Lawrence and Max defeated Democrats John Melaro and Frank Tax Collector Evelyn running with the endorsements of both was the biggest of town polling Close behind was Town Clerk Mary who polled also running with the endorsements of Republicans and Supervisor Lester unopposed in his bid for a third won McFadden and Hennessy each won three election and were in a dead heat at 203 in District Hennessy actually held a lead of 37 votes in the six districts excluding home where he rolled up a McFadden also carried District 2 and District 6 Hennessy carried District 1 District 3 and District 4 BY Hennessy won only District 2 in 1975 in his first LARRY VOSSLER attempt to unseat By the margin was for McFadden for Loucks will preside over a town board with a single Democrat as the result of yesterdays With Justice Sobeck no longer a voting member of the Councilman Robert McEnroe is the sole surviving JOINING incumbent Republicans Vossler and Justice Philip Engelder on the board will be Republican director of safety at CE Air Preheater who was making his first bid at elect i ve Sobecks victory over realtor Brown included wins in all seven election In the fourway race for councilman Vossler was the leading in six of seven YESTERDAYS winners will take office Yesterdays voter turnout of better than will equal about 68 percent of those McFadden improved on his 1975 tally by 20 while total yesterday was 190 votes higher than in The Wellsville results were among the latest in the county to be reported because of the ballot On absentee ballots printed three weeks ago the name of county coroner candidate George Voorhees did not although it was in position on the machine BECAUSE OF the there was confusion among election inspectors when they transferred the machine and absentee totals to the official vote total In one county GOP chairman Wells Stout and Democratic chairman Gus Rigas the absentee ballots from one Depending on how soon the election inspectors noticed the discrepancy between vote totals were delayed while absentees were The confusion held the third legislative victor in suspense for some ALTON SYLOR LOU BURTON ROBERT HITCHCOCK Ballot absentees keep some totals in balance Same political but five im m m m The canvass of voting machines and the final tally of absentee ballots will hold special significance in Allegany County this election Several victory margins hang in the In because of discrepancies between machine and paper there remains the possibility of challenges being filed and even longer delays before official winners are Some absentee ballots those postmarked yesterday but still in the mails have yet to be added to the vote These may be a determining factor in the district 5 legislative where unofficial totals have Leonard Watson leading Lee Ryan by seven In only 20 votes separate the apparent winners from the for highway superintendent and for the third county legislative the handful of absentee ballots would not be expected to change these But a complicating factor this year is the ballot On absentee ballots printed some three weeks the name of county coroner candidate George Voorhees was inadvertently left But on the machine ballots his name appeared in position In at least one Wellsville election the confusion resulted in improper absentee totals for each candidate to the right of column 7 on the The improper totals were corrected Major party chairmen Gus Rigas and Wells Stout said they are satisfied the other six election district totals were correctly after questioning election inspectors in each But the possibility of mistaken results being reported still exists here and in other county election Both chairmen are taking a wait and see attitude before discussing possible demands for a recount or legal Election commissioner James Cretekos said the normal canvass of voting machines by he and fellow commissioner Gerald Mabey will begin this week and may take up to two or three The canvass will concentrate at in those districts where narrow victory margins are in Cretekos newcomers in legislature Bond proposal loss features election UPI thumping for a proposed million bond issue and a surprisingly wide margin of victory in the Buffalo mayoralty race highlighted election results in New York state Voters also turned down a proposal to call a Constitutional but they approved court reorganization including gubernatorial appointment of Court of Appeals Based on incomplete the voters also approved constitutional amendments to increase pension benefits to surviving spouses of state retirees and to broaden the kinds of loans by the Job Development were proposals that would have expanded the fiscal jurisdiction of local courts and increased the JDAs borrowing authority to A to fill school board vacancies by appointment rather than special elections appeared to have won voter approval by a narrow The bond backed by Hugh and the proposal to call a Constitutional Convention next year were beaten by 32 In Democratic State James running on the Conservative Party scored an impressive victory over Democratic Assemblyman Arthur a black who had beaten him in Republican John Phelan was The more than margin was a Democrat Edward Koch won an anticipated victory in New York easily beating state Secretary of State Mario the Liberal Party Republican Roy Goodman and Conservative Barry Farber State Carol Bellamy won the City Council becoming the first woman to hold that In incumbent Mayor Erastus Corning II swept to his 10th The Democrat easily beat Republican Michael a Siena college In Democratic incumbent Mayor Lee Alexander won his third term by beating Republican councilor James Tormey Five Allegany County legislature seats will change hands in January as a result of Tuesdays but the ratio of Republicans to Democrats will remain at 13 to When all but absentee votes were it appeared the Republicans had outrun the Democrats in the five way race for three District I Winners were John Raymond and Alton District I encompasses the towns of and The tally was John Hasper of votes Raymond Kopler of Alton Sylor of Jacob Denny of and Gerald McGlynn of Sylor is a new having ousted Harland Hale of Caneadea in the GOP primary District II Republicans Richard Shelley of Peter Sprague of Cuba and Paul Taylor of Cuba waltzed into office District II is comprised of New Clarksville and The count there was 1553 for 1594 for Sprague and 1490 for Sprague is a newcomer to the having defeated Max Freeman in the Three Republican incumbents triumphed over Democrat Alan Lewis and Conservative Specht in District composed of Willing and It encompasses the towns ol West Alfred and Vote totals were Republican Robert Hitchcock of Republican Burton of Republican Leonard Watson of West and Burton and Hitchcock will be now to the legislative Depending on the the absentee ballots will be counted as early as Tuesday or as late as Election Commissioner Gerald Mabey The vote was Donald King of Alyn Shaner of Donald Kramer of Whitesville Lewis of 824 and Specht of Winners in the District IV contest were Republican James and Democrats Charles Shine and John See separate story Hollod will be a freshman lawmaker in Democrat Lee Ryan of Almond was edged out in the four District V District V appears the only sector where absentee ballots could make a Weather Becoming overcast again tonight with a low in the upper Showers likely on Thursday with a high in the mid Winds becoming mostly southerly tonight with a 20 per cent chance of Chance of rain Thursday 50 per Cooler with a chance of showers Saturday and Sunday with lows ranging from the upper 40s Friday to the mid Saturday and to near 30 Highs will range from the mid 50s Friday to the low to mid 40s Saturday and HIGH LOW 48 The high temperature occurred at and the low at 6 There wus inches of rain and the barometer read and was Temperatures were 49 3 51 6 50 9 50 49 3 49 6 48 9 51 and
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