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Depew incumbents soundly defeated; Blasdell voters elect Petrie mayor

Voters in Depew, who elected a new reform-minded mayor and a mostly new Village Board four years ago, voted them out in village elections Tuesday, sending all the incumbents down to defeat by decisive margins.

Mayor Barbara Alberti, of the People's Voice of Depew Party, who pledged to fight patronage and save money by merging municipal services, was defeated by challenger Steve Hoffman, of the Depew Village Preservation Party, by a vote of 1,041-510.

Hoffman, a former police lieutenant, won a $22,500 settlement last fall in a suit he filed in 2004 to protest the board's failure to hire him as chief. Jeff Gorski, a police lieutenant competing for the current opening for chief, is vice president of Hoffman's deck-building business.

Preservation Party candidates also prevailed in contests for seats on the Village Board. Michael Nolder, with 854 votes, and Jules Pecora, with 683, led a field of five candidates for two four-year terms on the board. Trailing were People's Voice incumbents Joseph Keefe, with 529, and Carl Monti, with 512, and a third-party candidate, former Mayor Robert Kucewicz, with 486.

In a two-way race for a two-year seat left open by retiring Trustee William Maryniewski, Jessie Nikonowicz of the Preservation Party defeated People's Voice candidate Timothy Schlegel, 969-538.

Meanwhile, voters in Blasdell elected Mayor Michael Petrie to a four-year term Tuesday. Petrie was appointed to the post last year when former Mayor Ernest Jewett resigned after his absenteeism rankled trustees.

Trustee Robert Hefner won a two-year term. He was appointed to his post last year to fill the seat vacated by Petrie.

Newcomers Lou McDonald and Matthew Chandler were each elected to four-year terms on the board. They replace David Adrian and Robert Warner, who did not seek re-election.

Also, voters approved Proposition 1, Length of Service Program, 102-37. The program will entitle active-duty firefighters to $700 accrued annually until they reach age 60.

All newly elected officials will take office April 4.


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