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Village election results in Erie and Niagara counties

In Depew, more than 40 percent of eligible voters turned out in January to decide whether or not their village should dissolve and merge with two towns.

In Tuesday's four-way race for two village trustee seats, that turnout number was less than 10 percent.

"That's a big difference," said Village Administrator Maureen Jerackas on Tuesday. "We have 15,000 residents. It'd be nice to see everybody."

Mayors, trustees and justices were elected Tuesday in 15 villages across Erie and Niagara counties.

Audrey A. Hamernik and Donald J. Jakubowski were victorious Tuesday in Depew, the biggest village in Erie and Niagara counties holding elections this month.

Here's a list of results of the village elections held in the region on Tuesday:


Village trustee (vote for two)

Melissa Babiarz, Democratic, 152

Paul Palizay, Democratic, 162

✓ E. Peter Forrestel II, Republican, 228

✓ Darrin Folger, Republican, 211


Trustee (vote for three)

Theodore Mezydlo, Reform Party, 77

✓ Michael Green, Reform Party, 86

✓ Daniel Warmus, Accountability Party, 84

✓ Robert Overhoff, Independent Party, 80



✓ Howard Frawley, Hands On Party, 43

Trustees (vote for two)

✓ John Wilson, Hands On Party, 57

✓ Charles Katra, Hands On Party, 53


Trustee (vote for two)

✓ Kathy Seufert King, Democrat, Love of Blasdell Party 77

✓ Rob Hefner, Democrat, Love of Blasdell Party 80


✓ Daniel Grasso, Democrat 76



✓ Aaron Nellist, Transparency in Government Party, 25

Trustees (vote for two)

✓ Gregory P. Kerth, Better Government Party, 27

✓ R. James Baker, Transparency in Government Party, 29


Trustee (vote for two)

✓ Audrey A. Hamernik, Renew Depew Party, 469

✓ Donald J. Jakubowski, Renew Depew Party, 471

Mary Curr, Preservation Party, 392

Jules Pecora, Preservation Party, 315

Village Justice

✓ Gordon N. Willis, Renew Depew Party and Preservation Party, 607

East Aurora

Trustee (vote for three)

Paul P. Porter, Positive Pedestrian Party, 374

✓ Steve Lazickas, Common Ground Party, 393

✓ Kristin Cameron, Planned Progress Party, 391

✓ Peter M. Mercurio, Good Change Party, 389



✓ Elizabeth Huffnagle, Taxpayer Party, 20



Samuel D. Castellano, Forward Party, 98

✓ David L. Smith, Gowanda on the Move Party, 361

Trustee (vote for two)

✓ Carol A. Sheibley, Allegiance Party, 392

Jack T. Broyles, Public Rights Party, 143

✓ Paul M. Zimmerman, Open Door Party, 318



✓ Mark C. DiPasquale, Hometown Party, 79



✓ William C. Schroeder, Citizens' Party, 328

Trustee (elect two)

✓ Paul M. Maute, Citizens' Party, 337

✓ Lynne T. Ruda, Citizens' Party, 329


✓ Paul T. Bumbalo, Citizens' Party, 325

Orchard Park


✓ Jo Ann Litwin Clinton, Republican, Village First Party, 238

Trustee, four-year term

✓ William D. Reuter, Republican, Village First, 221

✓ Jonathan E. McNatty, Republican, Village First, 210

Kevin M. Moran, Orchard Park Village Voice, 88

Trustee, two-year term

✓ Francis T. Hogenkamp, Republican, Village First, 196

Mary M. Penn, Democrat, 112



✓ Richard J. Westcott, Action Party, 159

Jacob R. Froman, Citizens Unite, 93

Trustees (vote for two)

✓ Wayne B. Blumrick, Middleport 1st, 133

Jeffrey G. Waters, Together We Stand, 80

Renee M. Holly-Eberhard, Together We Stand, 70

✓ Diane C. Edwards, Village Party, 134



✓ Thomas Ferrucci, People's Choice Party, 269

Trustee (vote for two)

✓ Barry Ping, People's Choice, 302

✓ Paul Zogaria, People's Choice, 308



✓ Arthur D. Lawson Jr., Republican, 105

Other villages

Several villages do not hold elections until later in the year.

In Kenmore, the largest village in Erie County, village elections are held in November on the state's general election day.

In Williamsville, village elections will be held June 20 for two trustee seats. Candidates must file petitions by May 16 with the village administrator to get on the ballot.

Lewiston, Youngstown, Springville and North Collins do not hold village elections this year.

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