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April 18, 2013

Nolan wins runoff for Gilbertsville mayor

By Richard Whitby
The Daily Star

---- — A runoff election for the mayoralty in Gilbertsville on Tuesday has resulted in a change at the top of the village’s government.

Kenneth Nolan, a Democrat who finished in a 61-61 tie with the incumbent, Diane Gallo, on March 19, won Tuesday’s voting, 94 to 74, over Gallo, who was appointed mayor after the death of Mayor Shirley Musson in November .

Village Clerk Nicki McNeil said Nolan had signed the oath of office Wednesday, thereby becoming mayor. She said the 170 votes cast represented 65 percent of the village’s registered voters. The March 19 balloting attracted 124 voters.

“I’m going to read the minutes for the last year and talk to the town attorney and the lawyers for the town about our FEMA problem and try to garner as much information as I can, so I know what’s happened in the last year or two,” Nolan said by phone Wednesday.

“I was a teacher for 26 years, and I know how to read everything,” he added. “And I was a town supervisor for 12 years, chief fiscal officer, so I understand all this stuff, but right now I can’t answer anybody’s questions until I read all the information and digest it. As soon as that happens, I’m going to send out a letter to the public.”