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Residents of Kenmore appeared to have approved games of chance in local voting throughout Western New York counties.

Lockport residents, meanwhile, elected Democrat Glenn A. Choolokian, a city Water Authority employee, to a one-year term on the Niagara Falls City Council.

Results from Tuesday's contested races follow:
In West Seneca, Democrat Christine Wleklinski-Bove defeated Republican Gregory P. Falkner for the unexpired term of former Town Board member Timothy Wroblewski, who was elected to the Erie County Legislature last year. With all but one district reporting, the vote was 12,192-7,395.

In Kenmore, voters apparently approved two propositions that will allow games of chance for charitable causes.

The first proposition, which will allow churches, nonprofit organizations and other charitable organizations to hold fund-raising events with games of chance, was winning 1,783-1,066, with 14 of 17 districts reporting.

The games that will be allowed include roulette, blackjack, dice, fruit wheel and raffles.

The second proposition, which specifically asked whether the game bingo should be allowed, also was on its way to approval, 2,157-789.

The race for highway superintendent in Boston pitted incumbent Richard Poore and Robert Telaak. Telaak was the winner, 2,467-1,499. Poore was appointed to the position earlier this year, when Wayne Kreitzbender resigned after pleading guilty to official misconduct.

In the race for a seat on the Collins Town Board, Thomas Siegle lost to incumbent Mary Stelley, 1,038-739, for the final year of a four-year term. Stelley replaced Kenneth Martin in February after he became supervisor.

Elma Highway Superintendent Wayne Clark was unopposed for re-election and received 3,917 votes. He replaced replaced Don Larson, who retired, in May.

Incumbent Deborah Chimes defeated Michael Nowak for Orchard Park town justice, 8,282-4,388. Chimes replaced John Curran earlier this year.

Clarence's acting highway superintendent, Ted Donner, was unopposed to become the town's highway superintendent.

Colden voters re-elected incumbent Town Justice Carolyn A. Siegel, who was unopposed. She had been appointed to fill Alfred Kalinowski's term in January.

In Wales, Howard S. Lobaugh retained his seat on the Town Board with no opposition. He will succeed Robert Bragg, who is retiring at end of the year. Town Justice Raymond Poliseno also was unopposed.
Most local candidates in Cattaraugus County were unopposed in Tuesday's election.

Aldermen faced off in only two ward contests in each of the county's two cities, Olean and Salamanca. Only two of the 13 towns -- Conewango and Randolph -- had races.

In Olean's Ward 1, incumbent Glenn R. VanDixon (R,C) won a second term with 521 votes, to 428 for Karen M. Young (D,I). In Ward 5, newcomer Jane E. Northrup (R,I,C) won, 412-352, over newcomer Richard J. Bean II (D, Average American Party). Incumbent Jennifer Fairbanks-Black chose not to seek another term.

In Salamanca, Harold Kahm (D) polled 179 votes to defeat Teri Oles (R) with 110 votes in Ward 1; Jud M. Hager (D), with 330 votes, defeated Marsha K. Painter (R,C), with 309 votes, in Ward 2.

In Conewango, voters elected Ronald D. Adams (R) by a vote of 288-39 over Russell A. Abbott (New Direction) for a Town Board seat.

Randolph voters elected Gary W. Archer (D,I,C) town justice by a vote of 579-492 over challenger Susan K. Cobo (R).

In Perrysburg, write-in Connie Johnson, in an upset, won a town justice seat with 418 write-in votes to 197 for Michael J. Wesley (R).
SILVER CREEK -- Frederick "Fritz" Seegert won his bid for election to the Hanover Town Board. Seegert has been serving on the board in an appointed capacity.

He was endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties. His father, the late Frederick C. Seegert, served as town supervisor for many years.

According to unofficial counts, Seegert received 1,722 votes. David Wilder, who ran on the Democratic, Independent and Working Family lines, polled 1,177 votes.
County Treasurer Scott D. German, a Republican, beat back a challenge by Democrat Barbara Kapperman, a finance officer for the city, to retain his post. The vote was 13,644-7823. German was appointed earlier this year after serving as deputy to John F. Flint, who retired.

In local races, incumbent Republican Beth A. Gold defeated Peter Gucinski, 911-424, to retain her post as Darien town justice. And Republican Douglas S. Cummings defeated Democrat Lawrence Stabell III, 699-551, for a seat on the Town Board.

Voters in Le Roy chose Republican Christine M. Smith over Democrat Angelo Steffenella, 1,709-1335, to complete an unexpired term on the Town Board.

And in Stafford, Walter Kershenski, a Democrat and Conservative, received 821 votes to become the new town clerk. Cheryl A. White, Republican, received 260 votes, and Stephanie E. Call received 142.
LOCKPORT -- Democrat Glenn A. Choolokian, a city Water Authority employee, was elected Tuesday to a one-year term on the Niagara Falls City Council.

Choolokian defeated Conservative George J. Lodick III, 8,572-5,815. Lodick also appeared on the Republican and Independence lines.

Choolokian takes the seat that had been held by appointment by James C. Stewart since Jan. 1. Stewart was named to succeed Vincenzo Anello on the Council after Anello was elected mayor last year.

"I've been brought up my whole life on hard work," Choolokian said. "I'm an honest, hard-working guy. I guess the people of Niagara Falls decided they wanted a regular guy."

Choolokian, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic mayoral primary last year, was attacked by Lodick for taking part in a $1.7 million lawsuit against the city.

The suit, filed on behalf of several Water Authority employees, charged that they lost seniority and the chance to bid on other city jobs when they were transferred without their consent from the regular city payroll to the Water Authority.

"I'll never be ashamed of that lawsuit," Choolokian said. "The City of Niagara Falls has a history of doing things that are wrong."

Lodick, owner of a recycling business, was making his first run for public office.

In elections for four town offices, the Republican incumbents were all unopposed.

In Cambria, Jon T. MacSwan won a three-year unexpired term as highway superintendent with 1,475 votes.

MacSwan was appointed by the Town Board in September. Willard Antoncich resigned after being named as the target of a still unfinished criminal investigation into alleged irregularities in homeowners' payments for town installation of driveway culvert pipe.

Three town justices won new four-year terms: Henry G. Peters of Cambria with 2,223 votes, Walter G. Holmes of Porter with 2,601 votes and John Mattio of Wheatfield with 6,101 votes.
A proposition for a new $975,000 Murray Town Hall was defeated.

Murray residents rejected a plan for $775,000 in bonding for the new municipal building by a vote of 615-389.

In Albion, incumbent Republican John O. Baker Jr. defeated challenger Democrat Leonard R. Standish for a three-year term on the Town Board by a vote of 961-779.
Two write-in candidates received votes for assessor positions in the Town of Arcade.

Gin Pickering received 12 votes for a three-year term and Doug Ronan, seven votes, for a one-year term. No one sought nominations for the spots, county officials said.

In Covington, Republican Michael J. Bell polled 307 votes to win the one-year, unexpired term as superintendent of highways. He defeated Leonard O'Neill, endorsed by the Democratic and Covington Works parties, who received 217 votes.

In the Town of Middlebury, Republican Greg M. Chamberlain received 469 votes to win a three-year, unexpired term on the Town Board. He defeated Diane Burnham, endorsed by the Democratic and Middlebury United parties, who received 218 votes.

In the Town of Warsaw, Republican James Munger polled 1,275 votes to defeat Conservative Paul Getty, 278, for the open post of town justice.

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