It was close, but the Taxpayers First Party swept all three trustee positions up for election in Owego yesterday, meaning that the party now has all six seats on the village board and the mayor position. Ken Henson beat out incumbent Phoebe Morris 212-192 in the First Ward, while Second Ward Trustee Rob Manville won re-election over Mike Baratta 218-182. Nick Ruiz was unopposed and elected as the new Third Ward trustee.
The Village of Waverly has a new Mayor, as former Deputy Mayor Patrick Ayres was running unopposed for the position yesterday. Rick Gorman was elected as the new village justice, beating out John Sobol 221-167. Three spots were open on the village board. Charlie Havens and incumbent Jerry Sinsabaugh were the top two vote-getters. Eric Reznicek edged out incumbent Chris Brewster by two votes for the last seat.
The Village of Nichols had three positions up for re-election, with two incumbents running unopposed on the ballot. Mayor Lesley Pelotte was re-elected along with Trustee Michael Woods. Trustee Jefferson Hunt was re-elected via write-in after he was not listed on the ballot.
In Broome County, Whitney Point re-elected Mayor Ryan Reynolds and elected two trustees – Danielle Hoeppner and Michael Hakes. All three were running unopposed.
Snow removal efforts continue along roads and streets in the Southern Tier today, including in the Village of Owego. Snow removal began in the business district, then to narrow roads and one-way streets, and will finally move through the rest of the village. Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Soules was a special guest on today’s WEBO Morning Show. In a wide-ranging interview, he thanked the state DOT for sending workers from Buffalo to help clear the snow. It was loaded on dump trucks and taken to Marvin Park so it doesn’t create flooding issues in the village when it melts. In the interview, we also discussed the start of a pipe replacement project on Lake Street that will close the street to vehicle traffic from May until September. That project is slated to begin May 8. The full interview is available below.
Village elections will be held in Owego, Waverly and Nichols today. Owego voters will elect three trustees to the village board. Residents can vote at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue. In Waverly, voters will elect a new mayor, a new village justice, and three trustees today. Residents can vote at the Waverly Village Hall. Nichols will elect the positions of mayor and two trustees. Voting will be held at the former Nichols Elementary School. Polls will be open from noon to 9pm in all three villages. We will have the full results on tomorrow’s WEBO Morning Show.
Village elections will be held in Owego and Waverly tomorrow. Owego voters will elect three trustees to the village board. First Ward Trustee Phoebe Morris is running for re-election against Ken Henson, while Second Ward Trustee Rob Manville is running for re-election against Mike Baratta. Nick Ruiz is running unopposed in the Third Ward. Voting will be held from noon to 9pm at the Central Fire Station on North Avenue. Waverly voters will elect a new mayor, a new village justice, and three trustees. Patrick Ayres is running unopposed for mayor, while Rick Gorman is running against John Sobol for village justice. Five people are vying for three seats on the village board. Voting will be held from noon to 9pm at the Waverly Village Hall.
Emergency work will begin today to fix a ruptured water main under the intersection of Front and Lake Streets in Owego. The work will close one lane of traffic on Front Street and all of Lake Street. They hope to have the streets back open tomorrow. Sidewalks and businesses along both streets will remain open today. A more extensive project will take place in April to replace the water line under Lake Street that was installed in 1882. That project will close Lake Street for at least a month, but a start date has not been set. We will update you as more details are announced.
Owego Police revived three people suffering overdoses over two days last week. It all began at 2am last Wednesday, when officers were dispatched for reports of a 37-year-old woman that had overdosed on an unknown substance. The next call was for a 50-year-old female at 12pm Wednesday and the final call was for a 28-year-old male at 4pm last Thursday. All three were unresponsive when officers arrived, but regained consciousness once they received two doses of Narcan. The three will not be identified because criminal charges were not filed.
The two parties with candidates running for trustee seats in the Village of Owego will hold meet and greet events with residents the next two nights. The Oak Tree Party will hold an information session at the Calaboose Grill at 6pm tonight. The party includes Trustee Phoebe Morris running for re-election in Ward 1 and newcomer Mike Baratta, who is running against Trustee Rob Manville in Ward 2. Manville is a member of the Taxpayers First Party, which will hold a meet and greet tomorrow at 7pm inside The Owego Kitchen. Besides Manville, the party also includes Ken Henson and Nick Ruiz. Village elections will be held March 21.
The Ti-Ahwaga Community Players will open their next show – “The Skin of Our Teeth” – tonight at 42 Delphine Street in Owego. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Thorton Wilder masterfully combines farce, burlesque, and satire. It will run the next three weekends with shows at 8pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. The production is directed by Diane Arbes, assistant directed by Dr. Keith Nichols and produced by Sonny DeWitt. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tiahwaga.com or by calling the box office at 607-687-2130.