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Moses wins mayor's post by big margin

Thomas J. Moses, longtime recreation director in the Village of Hamburg, scored an overwhelming victory in the race for mayor Tuesday, securing nearly 70 percent of the vote.

Moses received 1,594 votes to 554 for Paul G. Gaughan and 155 for Harold S. Johnson.

Moses will replace Curt S. Herrmann, who chose not to seek a second term. Gaughan retains his seat as a village trustee.

In a four-way race for two trustee seats, incumbent Thomas P. Tallman was the top vote-getter, with 1,367 votes. Michael S. Cerrone was also elected with 1,068 votes, defeating incumbent Daniel S. O'Connell, who received 930, and newcomer William A. Villepigue who received 591.

Village Prosecutor Andrew P. Fleming swept incumbent Village Justice Michael L. Munley from office with 1,628 votes to Munley's 530.

Moses, 58, who spent 35 years with the Recreation Department, the last 32 as director, said he plans to take today off and go to work Thursday learning all he can about running the village.

He said he was pleased but not surprised by the size of his win. "I worked hard and knew that people would put their trust where they did," he said.

Gaughan, a trustee for five years and the county's deputy commissioner of jurors, stressed the experience he would bring to the job during a critical time in the village's history as the reconstruction of Route 62 approaches.

Johnson, 76, a retired college professor and U.S. Labor Department economist, said he would use his training as a facilitator to bring people together for the good of the village.

Cerrone, 34, an attorney, said he is looking forward "to working the next four years to bring about a better Hamburg."

Tallman, 47, who continues to do marketing work for Riefler Concrete, which has ceased production and is for sale, said he looks forward to working with the new board but will miss O'Connell and the contributions he made.

Fleming admitted he was surprised at his 3-1 victory over Munley, who has been justice since 1999 and ran unopposed in 2002. "I'm humbled," Fleming said. "I look forward to serving."

He said he didn't have an explanation for the margin of victory other than that he had the support of the other candidates.

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