Wednesday may have seen the first competitive village election in Cooperstown since 2011, but the results comfortably re-elected both incumbents to new terms.
Trustees Cindy Falk and James Dean, both incumbent Democrats, faced off against Republican challenger John Sansevere, with the highest two vote-getters of the three earning three-year terms on the Village of Cooperstown Board of Trustees. Voters could vote for up to two candidates in an election from noon to 9 p.m. at the village firehouse.
Falk earned the most votes with 203, followed by Dean with 164 and Sansevere with 130.
When the machine results were announced, Sansevere still had a chance of victory, as Falk had 176 votes, Dean had 141 and Sansevere 114, with 39 absentee ballots remaining to be counted. The absentee ballots didn't break Sansevere's way, however, and Dean and Falk cruised to re-election.
“Obviously we're disappointed by the outcome,” said Otsego County Republican Party Chairman Vince Casale. “We'll try again next year.”
“The people are proud of the work they (Falk and Dean) did and the accomplishments they were able to fulfill,” said Otsego County Democratic Committee Chairman Richard Abbate.