SENECA FALLS — In unofficial results, Republican Mike Ferrara defeated Democrat Doug Avery for town supervisor by a vote of 1,235 to 1,169.
“I want to thank the voters for coming out. I congratulate Doug for having the courage to run for supervisor and I look forward to working with him on the board,” Ferrara said Tuesday night.
Avery has two years remaining on his Town Board seat.
“I also want to thank the Seneca County and Seneca Falls Republican committees for their support. I’m happy the voters had confidence in me to become supervisor. I hope we can all move forward in a positive way,” Ferrara said.
Avery said he was disappointed and said the Democrats and his supporters did not get the voters to turn out, noting turnout was down from two years ago.
“I’m sure I can work with Mike, but I’m concerned about the statement this vote sends about the direction of the town regarding the landfill,” Avery said. He declined to blame the involvement of a downstate political group that sent flyers locally endorsing Republican candidates in Seneca Falls and Waterloo.
For two Town Board seats, the winners appear to be Republican Dawn Dyson with 1,327 votes and Democrat Steve Churchill with 1,226 votes. Republican Joshua Larsen has 1,001 votes and Democrat Jean Gilroy tallied 956.
The present makeup of the board consists of three Republicans and two Democrats. On Jan. 1, if the results hold, Democrats will have a 3-2 majority.
In other contested town races, incumbent Nicaletta Greer overwhelmed Theresa Bradley for a four-year term as town clerk. Greer has 1,691 votes and Bradley has 638.
For highway superintendent, incumbent Jim Peterson, a Democrat, beat back a challenge from first-time candidate Brian Sparrow, a Republican. Peterson tallied 1,370 votes. Sparrow received 1,014 votes.
In neighboring Waterloo, Mike Pfeiffer and Bob Lotz won two Town Board seats. They defeated Democrats Kris McGuane and Robin Withers. The Republicans’ 4-1 majority on the board will continue.
The Seneca Falls and Waterloo Town Board races saw a Westchester County organization called Responsible Solutions for New York mail flyers, take out large advertisements in the Finger Lake Times and make robo phone calls in support of Republican candidates in the two towns. The group has an indirect link to Seneca Meadows Landfill and the future of the landfill was a major issue in the campaign.
The results include early voting ballots cast from Oct. 26 to Nov. 4. Absentee and affidavit ballots will be counted next Tuesday, making the results official.