Surdam over Cipperly in Hoosick
HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- After months of long - and at times heated - campaigning, results are unofficially in for the Town of Hoosick.
With absentee ballots yet to be counted, as of Tuesday night Mark Surdam had won the role of town supervisor with 1,124 votes, beating out incumbent Keith Cipperly who had 791.
William Shiland III was ahead of Louis Schmigel for the position of highway superintendent.
At the close of the polls, David Sutton was ahead with 974 votes, closely followed by Jeff Wysocki with 968, while Joyce Brewer, with 893, and Michael Hickey, with 947, were behind in the numbers.
In uncontested races, Judge Thomas Restino will remain in his position as one of two town justices. The four-year term pays $10,903 annually.
Sue Stradinger was also reelected to a four-year term as town clerk, with an annual salary of $39,770.
In what officials said was a larger-than-usual turnout for local elections, the parking lot of the Armory, the largest polling place in the town of Hoosick by number of districts, was packed early Tuesday.
As voters made their way into the building, which also houses the town offices, they passed steady lines of fellow community members who had already lined up to cast their votes.
Bonnie Vitro and Theresa Bugbee, each in their fourth year as election inspectors, assisted residents of district seven on their way to the polls Tuesday morning.
"For a local election we've been very busy so far," said Vitro. The women were helped by Tony Hayes, in his tenth year as an election inspector, and several others, busy covering tables for districts one and five.
"I'm voting for someone to come in and have a fair outlook. We really need good, positive change around here," said Julie Richard, who noted she cares deeply about supporting children in the community, since becoming a mother two years ago.
Polling locations were spread out in the town, with ballots also being electronically counted at the Hoosick, North Hoosick and Buskirk Fire Houses, and at the Family Resource Center on River Road.
Miriam and Eldon Ford, longtime residents of Ford Road, turned out to support those they think will do good for the community overall, rather than specific issues.
"I go for the people, definitely," said Miriam, although both stressed they hope to have problems on their road addressed.
"The roads are terrible, and I want to see something changed there," said Miriam, citing partial repairs as having been started more than a year ago.
Down the road at the resource center, presiding over district six, Mary Jones was also in her fourth year as an election inspector.
"It's been moderate so far," said the chair of the day's voting procedures, on the turnout from the community.
"Everything has been running smoothly," agreed Cindy Mattison, whose experience with what could possibly go wrong is nearing the three-decade mark. "It's just a long day."
Since gaining new voting machines several years ago, the process has been simplified to some degree. Each voter marks their ballot with a felt-tipped marker, being careful not to let the ink bleed through, and then feeds it into the machine, which scans and returns it.
Pecia Gaillard voted with help from her daughter, and first-time-voter, Angelina, 2. "I guess this is her first time," said Gaillard, feeding her ticket through while the youngest voter in the room waited patiently by her skirt.
Despite problems reported with Rensselaer County voting booths early in the day, polling places within Hoosick were right on schedule, with residents expressing hope that the future of the town will be also.
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