posted on November 06, 2013 13:10
With the exception of one race still too close to call, the 2013 election in the City of Batavia was a Republican Party Sweep.
John Deleo, Gene Jankowski and Brooks Hawley topped a field of nine candidates to win four-year terms as councilmen at large.
Jankowski, a 34-year veteran of the police department, said he was grateful to serve again.
"I’m really appreciative of the support from the community,” he said, “and the fact that they’re giving me the chance to serve them again. I’m really proud to have the privilege.”
Only 20 votes separate County Legislature District 9 -- city wards 4 and 5 -- with incumbent Ed DeJanerio holding a slim lead over Republican Bob Bialkowski. There are a hundred absentee ballots to be counted in that race.
There were three other contested races for the nine-member county legislature.
Shelly Stein of LeRoy easily defeated democratic challenger Earl Funderburk and Republican endorsed candidate Gregg Torrey defeated 15-year incumbent Esther Ledley in District 6.
In a live interview on WBTA Torrey said he deserved the win.
“We did it the old-fashioned way. It was retail politics,” he said. “I’ve been carrying around a map of the district and we covered every street and knocked on every house. If we didn’t knock on their door we followed up with a phone call. I really feel that I earned it.”
And in Legislature District 8 (city wards 2 &3), incumbent Marianne Clattenburg defeated two challengers, Democrat William Fava and Libertarian, Robert Brown.
“I ran asking the people that if they supported the work I’d been doing to please come and vote and support me and that was validated tonight,” Clattenburg said.
There is one more county race that is just too close to call: for LeRoy Town justice, Scott McCumiskey has a slim three-vote lead over Michael Welsh.
The county’s newly formed Libertarian Party did not fare well in the vote total, but its chairman, Phil Ricci, was upbeat about just being in the race.
“This was about changing a conversation, starting a conversation and we’ve done that,” Ricci said. “I don’t see anything tonight as a loss. This was our first time out in the field. There hasn’t been a third-party candidate on their own in quite some time. We’re doing it with gusto and I’m not really deterred even in the slightest.”
The Towns of Byron, Pembroke and Stafford contained the only contested races at that level. In the Town of Byron: winning council seats was Democrat Donald Liles and Republican Jeffrey Thompson. Also, Gerald Heins defeated Eric Joal for Highway Superintendent.
In the Town of Pembroke, Republicans Edward Arnold and John Worth were elected to Town Council. In the Town of Stafford, Ronald Panek and Robert Mattice earned Town Council spots.
Here is a complete and comprehensive list of election results: http://wbtai.com/LocalNews/tabid/115/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/4436/2013-Genesee-County-Election-Returns.aspx