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Election Results: Macedon will dissolve in 2017

On Tuesday, area voters turned out to decide local elections – and even in Macedon to determine the future of the village. It was a unique election season, which typically doesn’t see as much action as its fall counterpart. The races up for grabs on Tuesday included a write-in campaign for mayor in the Village of Naples, a heated mayoral race in the Village of Macedon, as well as voters being faced with a choice between dissolution and maintaining their village in Macedon. In the Finger Lakes, March elections used to be much more common, with more villages existing within the boundaries of the local lakes. However, over time some of those villages have been dissolved, reduced, or simply don’t exist any more. After this year, even fewer races could be happening — if Macedon does vote to dissolve in 2017.Here is a roundup of local races thus far:NaplesIn Naples, a write-in campaign has led to some uncertainty with the future of the village in doubt. Don Braun challenged incumbent Mayor Brian Schenk, who was seeking another term as mayor. One trustee sought re-election — Shirley Piccarreto — who ran unopposed. However, Trustee Ken Kansco decided against running, which meant that position would be filled via write-in. Results: Incumbent Mayor Brian Schenk received 84 votes, with Braun gaining just 27 write-in votes. Shirley Piccarreto received more than 70 votes and former Village Highway Superintendent Tom Schwartz received 36 write-in votes — winning the vacated seat.MacedonVoters in Macedon had a lot to decide on as they were faced with a decision regarding dissolution for the fourth time in recent memory. Incumbent Mayor Marie Cramer sought re-election on the Independent and Community First party lines, against challenger William Murray, who ran on the Republican and One Macedon party lines. The mayoral and dissolution race wasn’t the only contested race on the ticket Tuesday, either. Voters had to choose two trustees with three candidates vying for those open positions. Donald Lohse, Dave Sliney, and Theodore Bielowicz ran for the open seats. If dissolution was approved, it would also mean that Macedon would move toward dissolving in April of 2017.Results: Dissolution passed by more than 120 votes. There were 324 votes in favor of the dissolution plan and 187 against. That means the tentative dissolution date will be set for April 2017. William Murray won the race for mayor by an almost equal margin. Murray received 342 votes to incumbent Marie Cramer’s 167. The two available trustee seats were won by David Sliney and Don Lohse who received 327 and 235 votes respectively. Ted Bielowicz received 189 votes. Stay tuned to FingerLakes1.com for more information as results continue to come in from local village elections.

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