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December 28, 2013

Guns, Manor fueled yearlong feuds


Those GOP gains more than offset the loss the party sustained when Democrat Ed Lentz of New Lisbon, a Democrat, won the seat with the most weighted votes in the county in a close race against Milford Republican Jamie Waters.

Though Otsego Democrats were left licking their wounds in the battle for control over county government, the party’s incumbent county treasurer, Dan Crowell, won handily over GOP-backed challenger Edward Keator Jr. Crowell thus escaped paying any price on Election Day for his own miscue of initially trying to get his name off the ballot while Democrats briefly rallied around then-acting-Treasurer Russ Bachman, who had filled in for Crowell while the latter was activated for military service.

After Bachman’s nominating petitions were found invalid, Crowell reassured voters he would serve a full second term. He will begin that term on New Year’s Day.

In Delaware County, the GOP retained its dominance of the county Board of Supervisors, though there will be some new faces on the board come next week.

In Sidney, R. Eugene Pigford will take over as town supervisor after defeating William Heath, a Democrat. Pigford replaces Supervisor Bob McCarthy, who did not seek re-election.

In Andes, voters denied another term to Town Supervisor Pete Bracci, replacing him with Mark E. Tuthill, a Republican who had defeated the incumbent in the GOP primary and won the general election with help from a third-party line.

Change will also take place in Meredith, where Town Supervisor Keitha Capouya, a Democrat who supported a town-wide ban on heavy industry— a measure that was ultimately adopted — was defeated by Republican James Ellis, a State University at Delhi professor.

Schoharie County government, still coping with the destruction unleashed by the flooding of 2011, had a rocky year after a consultant retained by the county board at a cost of more than $300,000 issued a scathing report that criticized alleged abusive actions of county Personnel Director Cassandra Ethington.

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