Cooperstown trustee race ends in tie

Greg Klein | The Daily StarLynn Jones votes in the village election Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 24 Chestnut St. in Cooperstown.

A tie in the Cooperstown Board of Trustees race on Tuesday, Sept. 15, will bring voters back to the polls later this month.

On Wednesday, the Otsego County Board of Elections audited the results of a three-way race for two board seats held by Joe Membrino and MacGuire Benton, each of whom ran for re-election. The board certified that the race for the second seat ended in a tie.

Membrino received 287 votes, and Benton and newcomer Mary-Margaret Robbins were tied with 272 votes each.

A revote will take place Tuesday, Sept. 29, Benton said on his official trustee Facebook page on Wednesday. Details regarding times and absentee ballots were not known as of press time.

In another Otsego County race, a write-in candidate toppled an incumbent mayor.

Unadilla resident Jack Insinga, running as a write-in candidate, defeated incumbent village Mayor David Welch by 36 votes to 29.

Jay Kell received 19 votes as a write-in candidate, and Insinga’s wife Erin, shelter manager of the Delaware Valley Humane Society, also received one write-in vote.

Insinga, the proprietor of Jackie Boy Barbering at Sweet Lu’s Barbershop in Sidney, said he launched his write-in campaign about a month ago and went door-to-door hearing concerns from local residents.

“I feel honored to have earned the trust of my community,” he said. “My goal is to bring us all closer together, neighbor to neighbor, and bring back small-town life to a small town.”

Insinga said he aims for fiscal transparency in village affairs and to address a spate of rundown properties with absentee landlords throughout the village.

In other area villages:

In Cherry Valley, Trustee Edward Harvey was re-elected, gathering 16 votes while running unopposed.

All races were unopposed in Richfield Springs, where Mayor Robin Moshier was re-elected with 45 votes, Trustee Keven Putnam was re-elected with 44 votes and Warren Leonard was elected to a trustee seat with 33 votes.

Sarah Eames, staff writer, can be reached at

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