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Youngstown votes to be recounted

The Niagara County Board of Elections will answer a request to recount votes from Tuesday's mayoral and trustee elections in the village, due to the narrow margins of victory.

Niagara County Board of Elections commissioners for the Republican and Democratic parties will be present at 1 p.m. Monday in Village Hall to conduct the recanvassing.

In unofficial results from Tuesday's election, incumbent Democratic Mayor Raleigh Reynolds edged out challenger Dorothy "Dotty" Riordan, a Democrat backed by Republicans, by 216 to 206 votes. This included five absentee votes for Reynolds and four for Riordan.

The three-way race for two trustee seats was also close, with Democratic incumbent Steven Suitor slipping by Republican challenger Jack Bush Jr. by a count of 214 to 211 for the second available seat, after Tim Lockhart earned the first seat with 349 votes. Suitor had two absentee votes included in his final tally, and Bush had seven.

"We will look at their machines, paperwork, signatures, the ballots -- and recanvass any materials they have," Republican Elections Commissioner Mary Ann Casamento said Thursday. "Someone must call the [village] clerk first with the request, and then we get involved."

Village Clerk Barbara Castilon said she received the request for the recount from Riordan and Bush and alerted county officials.

Castilon has worked for the village for nearly 19 years and said, "This is the first time we've ever had anything like this here."

All candidates and their representatives have been invited to be present for the recanvassing, Castilon said.

Frederick Stephens, chairman of the village's Republican Party, said, "We are anxiously looking forward to the results next week."

"I was optimistic that we had a good team in Dotty, Jack and Tim, and this was a very, very close contest," he said. "It was just a matter of a few votes either way, and the outcome could have been entirely different. We had a substantial turnout of voters -- larger than any I can recall -- but with 1,300 registered voters in the village, a turnout of 400 was still disappointing. I had presumed there would be quite a bit of interest in this election."

Reynolds has headed the village government since former Mayor Neil Riordan died last September. He had earlier been appointed by Riordan as deputy mayor. Dotty Riordan is the late mayor's wife. They were running for the remaining two years of Neil Riordan's unexpired, four-year term.

Bush is a newcomer to village politics, while Suitor was seeking re-election to a post he first won four years ago.

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