Posts tagged ‘Valletta’

November 6th, 2013

Tynan Captures Tax Collector; Dunn Cruises in Sweeping Victory

by Christopher O'Brien
Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter

Mayor Thomas G. Dunn hugs a supporter after winning re-election Tuesday night.

By Chris O’Brien

Despite a last minute appeal for change by Democratic nominee Michael Gugliotti, voters overwhelmingly returned Thomas G. Dunn to the Mayor’s office with 78% of the vote. Gugliotti received about 16% of the vote and Petitioning Candidate Steven Olmstead received 6% in his second bid for Mayor.

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

Hayley Conroy leans in to help her mother Cheryl vote at Tyrrell School

However, all eyes were on the Tax Collector’s race where where current Municipal Agent Darlene Tynan defeated Cheryl McQueen Brundage by about 350 votes. All vote tallies did not include absentee ballots. The final count will be available Wednesday morning.

There was standing room only at the VFW as family, friends, and well-wishers packed the hall.

“They sent out the report cards. Before I got all F’s,” giving reference to a piece of campaign literature received by many voters. “But tonight I received all V’s (for victory)!” said a beaming Tynan of her win.

(Correction: We originally reported the wrong candidate had won a seat to the Town Council from District 3. Joe DelBouno won that seat. We regret the error but thank a reader for the correction.)

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November 1st, 2013

Candidates for 1st District Town Council

by Christopher O'Brien

vote clipartThe Town Charter requires that Town Council members live in each of the three voting districts in town. ALL voters can vote for candidates in EACH of the three voting districts. Thus, if you vote at Wakelee School (3rd District), you can still cast votes for candidate in the 1st and 2nd Districts.

There are four candidates running for the 1st District Town Council. You may vote for any two.

The candidates are: David Valletta (R), Jeffrey Slavin (R), Chuck Marsella (D), and Richard Irwin (D). Their profiles appear as they appear on the ballot from top to bottom.

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June 6th, 2012

Council Approves Tax Hike; Increased Expenditures

by Christopher O'Brien

By Chris O’Brien
The Town Council approved an 11.4% tax increase on Tuesday night. The mill rate rose from 22.68 to 25.27 and tax bills will be mailed to taxpayers in early July. Declining overall property values, a recent revaluation and a 2.74% increase in Education expenditures all contributed to the tax hike. “We didn’t take this lightly,” Council Chairman Dave Valletta told the audience just before the vote was taken.

Six separate votes were taken for separate components

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November 7th, 2011

Olmstead: I’ll Make Wolcott Better

by LonSeidman

Steve Olmstead

Two years ago, a picture ran in the Wolcott Community News featuring a dog, Steve Olmstead, and his mother. Above the photo were the words “My Mother Would Vote for Me”. Voters saw an honest, sincere and apolitical man intent on doing what’s right. “That ad is why people voted for me,” Olmstead explains. As folksy as it was, he won a seat to the Council with the second largest number of votes in town.

One day later, he was the newly seated Council’s Vice Chairman’s. The Council was a mix of factions, never seen before in Wolcott history. Four Democrats, one Republican and four Row C candidates all grappling to control the financial body. Olmstead didn’t align himself with any group of candidates in 2009 and was waiting for results on his home TV when a defeated councilman knocked on his door to congratulate him on his victory. The stocky moustached former pastor of Grace Living Church says he recognizes today’s financial difficulties and the need to guide Wolcott through it. “We’ve been here before three or four times since the 1970s and 1980s. Its nothing new,” he tells the Whisper. The local business owner and former pastor has had to balance payrolls, write checks and other tasks which he says will assist him to running the town like a busienss.

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