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2017-11-08 / Front Page

Kulpa elected town supervisor

Democrats sweep opposed Amherst-based races

Brian Kulpa, current mayor of Williamsville, has been elected town supervisor.Brian Kulpa, current mayor of Williamsville, has been elected town supervisor.Brian Kulpa, current mayor of the Village of Williamsville, has been chosen by Amherst voters to lead what will be an all-Democrat Town Board beginning in January. 

Kulpa will be installed as supervisor following two four-year terms served by current Supervisor Barry Weinstein. 

While all of the results are still unofficial, the following is a list of election outcomes according to data from the Erie County Board of Elections.

 Town supervisor

Kulpa, who has been serving in village government for the past nine years, garnered 52 percent of the votes against Town Clerk Marjory Jaeger.

A senior associate with Clark Patterson Lee, an architecture, engineering and planning firm, Kulpa was on the Democrat, Green, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

The supervisor seat carries a four-year term and limits the office-holder from serving more than two consecutive terms in the position.

About 1,150 votes separate Kulpa from Jaeger, a Conservative, who is currently in her second consecutive term as town clerk. The term will conclude at the end of 2019. 

Jaeger was also on the Republican, Independence and Reform party lines.

Town council

In the two-seat race for Town Board - where five candidates were vying for two seats - Democrats Jacqualine Berger and Shawn Lavin each garnered 26 percent of the votes, defeating Conservative Bill Kindel and Republicans Erin Baker and Joseph Spino. 

In January, Berger and Lavin will join Kulpa, Deborah Bruch Bucki and Francina Spoth to create an all-Democrat, five-member Town Board.

Lavin is a senior special investigator for the Office of Medicaid Inspector General, in where he audits Medicaid providers against New York State compliance standards. Additionally, he serves as a lieutenant in the Air National Guard 107th Attack Wing. He was also on the Green, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Berger is a mentor/faculty member at SUNY Empire State College. She has a Master of Education degree in early childhood and special education from Tulane University. She is also a volunteer for baseball programs in town. She was also on the Green, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Both board seats carry four-year terms.

Town justice

Incumbent Justice Kara Buscaglia won re-election to a second four-year term. She was unopposed in the election. 

County legislature

The race for the 5th District of Erie County Legislator - a rematch of the 2015 election - again has incumbent Thomas Loughran winning against challenger Guy Marlette.

Loughran had 57 percent of the votes in the district, which covers a large portion of Amherst, including Williamsville, Snyder and the Willow Ridge neighborhood.

Loughran, owner of Loughran’s Restaurant in Snyder, ran on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Marlette, who served two terms as an Amherst councilmember, was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines.

Green Party candidate Ruben Cartegena had 2 percent of the votes in the race.

The legislature seat carries a two-year term.

For the 6th District seat in the County Legislature, incumbent Edward A. Rath III was unopposed in being re-elected. The seat carries a two-year term.

Countywide races

In the county-based elections, incumbents Timothy Howard and Stefan Mychajliw won re-election as Michael Kearns was voted to the county clerk post. 

In his re-election to a four-year term for county sheriff, Howard garnered 51 percent of the votes against challenger Bernie Tolbert. Approximately 5,000 votes separated the candidates.

Howard was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform party lines, as Tolbert was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

In the race for county comptroller, incumbent Republican Stefan Mychajliw won another four-year term against Vanessa Glushefski, who was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines.

Mychajliw, who was also on the Conservative, Independence and Reform lines, garnered 55 percent of the votes. 

In the race to fill the vacant county clerk post are Michael Kearns garnered 52 percent of the votes against Steven Cichon. About 8,000 votes separated the candidates. 

Kearns was on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform party lines, while Cichon was on the Democrat, Working Families and Women’s Equality lines.

Further information about the elections can be found at www.elections.erie.gov.

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