Steve Valentino wins big in Geneva mayor race

Steve Valentino is the city’s new mayor.

Valentino, a Democrat and City Council veteran, handily defeated Mark Salvatore Pitifer, running on the Republican line, 1,569 to 1,088, in unofficial results from the Ontario County Board of Elections Tuesday night.

The race featured two longtime friends, who vowed to run campaigns focused only on the issues, and both acknowledged that is what played out over the course of the election.

It was a good night overall for city Democrats, who were ahead in six of nine races, including mayor, as of Tuesday evening.

“I’m just excited with the results,” said Valentino. “You never know how it’s going to go.”

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