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GOP maintains control in Orchard Park

The Republican powerhouse is rolling again in Orchard Park.

Incumbent Nan Ackerman and village Trustee Ed Graber Jr. won Town Board seats Tuesday, turning back two of Supervisor Mary Travers Murphy's Democratic allies -- including incumbent Deborah Yeomans.

Ackerman topped the vote-getters in preliminary results with 4,567 votes (59 percent), while Graber had 4,169 (54 percent). Yeomans drew 3,620 votes (47 percent), and Anne Marie McManus had 3,059 (40 percent).

"This is what our town needs," Republican Chairwoman Joann Litwin told party supporters at Jemiolo's South restaurant after the results were announced. "These two people [Ackerman and Graber] are going to bring back civility and stability to this town. We have regained our town."

At Democratic headquarters down the street at Mac's Village Brew Haus, McManus was stunned.

"I'm really disappointed and very surprised," McManus said. "This is not what the people of Orchard Park told me, but the Republican machine is pretty darned effective."

The Republicans have maintained control of the Town Board in Orchard Park for decades, but have not had a town supervisor since 1997. Yeomans beat Republican Stan Jemiolo Jr. for a one-year interim term last fall.

Travers Murphy said, "I'm disappointed, but the voters have spoken. I will continue to do my best to work as hard as possible for the residents of Orchard Park."

Starting in January she'll be doing it as the only non-Republican on the board, though. Travers Murphy is not registered with a political party but has worked closely with the Democrats since she started her run for office in 2005.

Graber said he was confident after the early results started coming in.

While the Democrats raised questions about the Republicans' ethics in several areas, the Republicans campaigned on continuing to do what they've been doing and implementing the comprehensive plan that Ackerman was heavily involved in assembling.

"We kept our composure, our dignity and our civility," said Ackerman.

Ackerman promised to be on her most courteous behavior when the Town Board meets tonight, but she did send one comment Travers Murphy's way, referring to the conflicts between the Republican majority and the supervisor.

"If she doesn't learn anything by this, we'll take care of that in two years," Ackerman said, referring to when Travers Murphy comes up for election.


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