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Rensselaer Falls uncertain about village Trustee elections


RENSSELAER FALLS – With the St. Lawrence County Board of Elections unable to declare winners in various local write in campaigns, Rensselaer Falls is one village that is uncertain about the future of the Board of Trustees.

Two of its members were up for reelection and neither was officially on the ballot.

Village Clerk Esther Gushea said, “the board of elections said there were 45 write ins [in the village.]”

“Whoever is elected will be sworn in at the December meeting,” said Ms. Gushea.

Connie McAllister said she is confident she will be reelected.

“I have every reason to imagine that I will be reelected,” she said, adding that she spoke with friends, family and local residents about writing her in.

Travis Dox, the other village Trustee up for reelection, was unavailable for comment.

Thomas A. Nichols, Republican commissioner of the Board of Elections, said “at the earliest we’ll start the process [of counting ballots] tomorrow [Friday].”

He warned that it is more than likely that the final results will not be available until next week.

The U.S. Rep. William L. Owens campaign filed a lawsuit on Monday that blocks the Board of Elections from officially declaring a winner until all the ballots are hand counted.

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