Friday March 22, 2013

ZEKE WRIGHT

Staff Writer

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The challenger was elected to the top post in this week’s mayoral race in Cambridge.

There were 167 votes cast this year: a comparable number to 2012, when three candidates vied for two trustee seats, and a "pretty good" turnout for a mid-March election, according to mayor-elect Valerie Reagan -- especially given Tuesday’s storm.

"I’m feeling very supported by the people who came out in the snow," she said Thursday by telephone.

Reagan received 85 votes this week to incumbent Mayor Stephen Robertson’s 77 votes. Reagan said she was looking forward to building a network of communication to "try to get connected (more) with village residents." While campaigning, she said she heard from people who aren’t able to regularly attend village meetings but still wanted to know what was going on in the community.

After Robertson established biweekly "office hours" when he was available at the municipal offices, Reagan said she would continue that availability. Reagan has sat on the village board since being elected to a first term in March 2012. Robertson held the position of mayor since December 2011 after previously serving as deputy mayor, an appointed position under the prior mayor, Mark Spiezio. The position is a two-year term.

In two uncontested trustee races in Cambridge, incumbents Sara Kelly and Rick Lederer-Barnes received 125 and 91 votes respectively.


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Hoosick Falls

Turnout was two-thirds lower in the village of Hoosick Falls, where David Borge captured 51 votes in an uncontested run for mayor after sitting on the village board since June 2011.

Trustee Ric DiDonato earned a new term meanwhile with 45 votes, while two newcomers to the village board, Robert Ryan and Kevin O’Malley, received 48 and 47 votes, respectively.

Both villages will have a vacancy on each of their respective boards once Reagan and Borge are sworn in next month.

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