Polls open until 9 p.m. as voters choose county clerk, family court judge; Potsdam dissolution, many O'burg contests on ballot
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 6:18 am

Polls opened at 6 a.m. today as St. Lawrence County voters began casting ballots to elect a county clerk and family court judge.

In Potsdam, residents are deciding whether to dissolve the village and in Ogdensburg citizens are decding a lively race for mayor and three city council seats.

Polls remain open until 9 p.m.

NorthCountryNow.com will post unofficial results of all contested races as soon as they become available, starting shortly after 9 p.m. tonight.

In the hotly contested county clerk race, incumbent Democrat Gavin M. Regan of Potsdam is facing Republican Mary Lou Rupp of Ogdensburg , who he fired as deputy clerk when he took over the office. Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed Regan to the position after former Republican clerk Patty Ritchie was elected to the state Senate last November. Regan did not replace Rupp, maintaining the vacant position saved the county $70,000.

In the Village of Potsdam, voters will decide whether to dissolve the village. The vote follows a nearly year-long study of the issue initiated by village trustee Steve Warr. He says dissolution will eliminate town-village bickering, make economic development easier, cut costs and more equitably spread expenses town-wide. The Dissolution Study Committee was chaired by Tim Connolly, who has since mounted a vigorous campaign against dissolution. He is reminding citizens that state law guarantees voters will have another chance to get rid of the village in two years if contentious issues are not resolved by then.

In Ogdensburg, the make up of the city council could change drastically, with Republican Mayor William D. Nelson facing a challenge from Revitalize Our City candidate Jack McGrath. Six people are vying for three city council seats as well.

A complete listing of candidates is available on the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections website at http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/Departments/BoardofElections.

Here are the contested county, town, city and village races:

Contested County and Regional Races

• County Clerk – Democrat Gavin M. Regan and Republican Mary Lou Rupp.

• Family court Judge – Democrat Cecily LaVigne Morris and Republican Andrew Moses.

• Fourth District Supreme Court Judge, vote for three – Democrat John M. Silvestri and Republicans John A. Lahtinen, Robert J. Chauvin and Ann C. Crowell.

Contested Town Races

• Clare – town clerk, Republican Robin L. Ward, Falls Party candidate Atonda Martin; superintendent of highways: Republican Paul B. Colton and Electrician Party candidate Michael Johnson.

• Clifton – town justice, Democrat John G. Gragun and Republican Mark A. Friden; two town council seats, Democrat Colin R. Fraser and Republicans Julia A. Lanphear and Chuck Trembley Jr.

• Colton – two town council seats, Democrats Joan Kilroy and Katheryn Hayes and Republicans Ronald G. Robert and Mary Jane Watson.

• DeKalb – town clerk, Democrat Dan Creazzo and Republican Debra A. Osborn; two town council seats, Democrat Harold Lowery and Republicans Gregory J. Coller and John Frary.

• Fine – two town council seats, Democrats Emily M. Nolan and Susan N. Westbrook and Republican Brian P. Donovan.

• Fowler -- town supervisor, Democrat Michael J. Cappellino and Republican David L. Spilman; two assessor seats, Democrat Terry Rose and Republicans Robert Fuller and Robert G. Andrews Jr.; two town council seats, Democrats Jeffery Weaver and Natalie Spilman and Republicans Karen M. Simmons and Stephen R. Gale.

• Gouverneur – town supervisor, Democrat Dylan Liebenow and Republican Robert R. Ritchie.

• Hammond – town supervisor, Democrat Michele W. McQueer and Republican Ron Bertram; town clerk, Democrat Darlene V. Amyot and Republican Jamey L. Wilkinson; superintendent of highways, Republican Donald Greene and Safe Roads Year Round candidate Edgar J. Amyot; two town council seats, Democrat James E. Langtry, Republicans James C. Pitcher and Howard W. Demick, and Good Government candidate Merritt V. Young.

• Hermon – town justice, Republican Darrel R. Whitton Jr., Equal Justice candidate Bobbie Jo Thayer and Safer Street candidate Kathryn M. Ferrick-Stransky.

• Hopkinton – superintendent of highways, Democrat Francis Frank Barney and Republican Ronald W. Streeter; two town council seats, Democrat Deborah M. Ganato, Republican Susan M. Wood and Handyman candidate Gordon O. Jock.

• Lawrence -- superintendent of highways, Democrat Gary L. Sirles and Republican Shawn Donalis; two town council seats, Republicans Gerald F. St. Hilaire Jr. and Donald C. Ayers and Fair Trade candidate Joseph Dissottle.

• Louisville -- two town council seats, Democrats Roy A. Beshaw and David H. Moulton and Republican Gail Schneider.

• Macomb – town clerk, Working for the People candidate Beverly A. Fleming and Conservative Party candidate Nicole L. Measheaw-Cox; superintendent of highways, Republican Ronald L. Cardinell and Cut the Waste and Save candidate Donald L. Yane Jr.; town council, Democrat and Republican Steve Burke and Democrat Gregory Washburn.

• Pierrepont – town supervisor, Democrat Tom Latimer and Republican Jane B. Powers; two town council seats, Democrats Michael Ashley and William J. Mein and Republicans John H. McIntosh and Neil W. Thomas.

• Pitcairn -- town supervisor, Democrat Claude F. Sprowls and Republican Clyde Sam Frank Jr.; superintendent of highways, Democrat Nancy J. McIntosh, Republican John F. Conlin and For Evergreen candidate Donald G. Mallette.

• Russell – superintendent of highways, Democrat Lawrence White and Grasse Roots candidate Gregory J. Meilleur; two town council seats, Democrat and Republican Sally-Beth Finnerty, Democrat Tom Robinson, Republican Charles Kerr and Town People candidate Christopher Kelley.

• Stockholm – superintendent of highways, Democrat Jeff Russell and Republican Hugh A. Ramsdell.

Contested City and Village Races

• Ogdensburg – mayor, Republican William D. Nelson and Revitalize Our City candidate Jack McGrath; three city councilor seats, Democrats Nicholas B. Friot, Jennifer Stevenson and James L. McCoy and Republicans Wayne L. Ashley, James R. Amo and William D. Hosmer.

• Canton, two village trustee seats, Democrats Sylvia Kingston and Joe Frank and Republican Charles Rouse.

• Gouverneur, mayor, Democrat Christopher Miller and Republican Dorothy L. Vorce.

• Potsdam, mayor, Democrat Steve Yugartis and Republican Sharon Hutchinson; two village trustee seats, Democrats Eleanor Hopke and Reinhold Tischler, Republicans Richard Hutchinson and Joseph Goliber, and Effective Government candidate Mark T. Lee.

• Rensselaer Falls – two village trustee seats, For the Village People candidate Susan R. Reynolds and Lucky Horse Shoe candidates Michael S. Hammond and Steve L. Hammond.

• Waddington – mayor, Republican Janet M. Otto-Cassada and Democrat Matthew D. O’Bryan.