Local voters turned out mostly in small numbers Wednesday night to cast ballots in village elections, but a few contests nevertheless provided some excitement.
Challenger Donald Kearney unseated Fleischmanns mayor Todd Pascarella by a margin of nine votes. The trustee race was a close one as well, with fewer than 10 votes separating any of the four candidates. Lewis Grocholl, with 41 votes, and Ben Fenton, with 36 votes, will serve on the board, narrowly defeating John Hoeko (35 votes) and Larry Reilly (34 votes).
In Gilbertsville, Kristina Strain had no opponents on the ballot to retain her seat as trustee, but a write-in campaign has left her re-election in doubt. A village official said Wednesday night that nearly half of the ballots received included write-in votes for trustee, though the official declined to name the candidate whose name had been written in.
The official said that, because of the preponderance of unanticipated write-ins, the village would consult with the Otsego County Board of Elections before making a determination as to the winner of the election.
In Cooperstown, a three-way race for trustee came down to absentee ballots between challenger John Sansevere and incumbent James Dean. In the end, both incumbents — Dean and trustee Cynthia Falk — retained their seats, with Dean receiving 164 votes and Falk receiving 203 to Sansevere’s 130.
No results were available Wednesday night from the village of Hancock, where Eugene Morgan was challenging Mayor John Martin.