Schoharie County village voting next week

Voters in the villages of Middleburgh, Richmondville, Schoharie and Esperance will have a chance to
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Voters in the villages of Middleburgh, Richmondville, Schoharie and Esperance will have a chance to select several village board members on Tuesday.

The only race for mayor is in Middleburgh, pitting four-year incumbent William Ansel-McCabe against political newcomer John Shaw Jr. for the $3,500 per year part-time post.

Ansel-McCabe said Friday he is seeking re-election to a second term partly to finish several projects under way to improve the village.

Shaw contends village officials should be more responsive to residents’ complaints and should broaden their focus on areas other than downtown.

Ansel-McCabe cites ongoing efforts to renovate Bagley Park and its old train depot museum project, the Dexter Avenue Park and to continue upgrading of the downtown area.

Ansel-McCabe, 57, points to a recently completed $550,000 federal small cities grant that helped restore building facades and add decorative street lighting along Main and River streets.

Another $200,000 grant now beginning will offer a 50-50 match to building owners for improvements, he said.

A new Bassett Healthcare Center is also expected to open this spring in the village.

The Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce recently honored the entire Middleburgh community for their achievements in revitalizing the village and surrounding area.

As a board member and former president of the Middleburgh Little League, Ansel-McCabe said he hopes to add another playing field.

With the village’s 300th anniversary coming up in 2012, Ansel-McCabe said, “I’d really love to be able to help with the celebration.”

Before being elected mayor in 2004 in a close race with Leland Lacy, Ansel-McCabe served two years as a village trustee.

“It’s been a wonderful four years, and I’m looking toward four more,” he said.

Ansel-McCabe is a regional manager for Coxsackie Transport, a regional provider of school and government bus services.

His wife Erynne is director of the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave.

Shaw, 25, said he’s running because he contends village government needs better communication with the residents.

“I don’t think the village is very open. Everything is very hush hush,” he said.

Shaw, a lieutenant in the Middleburgh Volunteer Fire Department and former president of the Schoharie County Firemen’s Association, also is pushing for more sidewalks on side streets and roads in the village.

“I feel as a taxpayer, there isn’t much here other than the downtown area,” Shaw said.

“I’m sick of seeing everything on Main Street when our public needs are overlooked,” he said.

Shaw said more sidewalks should be built or improved along side streets to improve pedestrian safety. He also suggests expanding the sewer service area.

Asked how they would be paid for, Shaw said the village should seek more grants.

“I can’t say taxes won’t go up … but I’m concerned with the future for the kids we hope to stay here,” he said.

He also said ongoing studies of possible consolidation of the village and town highway departments are moving too slowly.

Shaw and his wife Rebecca have two sons, ages 1 and 2. He works in the Price Chopper warehouse in Rotterdam.

Also in Middleburgh, incumbent trustees Charles “Butch” Ingraham and Gerald Bowerman, as well as challenger Andrew A. Adams are running for two four-year seats on the Village Board.

Bonnie Ingraham is on the ballot for a third trustee seat, which has two years remaining of a four-year term. Former trustee James Navillo moved from the village. The seat has been filled since last summer by Ruth Strong, who is not running for re-election.

Middleburgh trustees are paid $1,000 per year.

Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall on Railroad Avenue.

RICHMONDVILLE

Four candidates are running for two trustee seats. Incumbents George P. Konta and Carl L. Warner Jr., are seeking re-election to the two-year posts. Challenging them are William R. Lape and Paul E. Sawyer.

Richmondville trustees are paid $1,733 annually.

Polls will be open noon to 9 p.m. at the Radez Elementary School.

SCHOHARIE

Two incumbent trustees, D. Edward August and Richard Young, are unopposed for re-election to the four-year posts. Schoharie trustees are paid $2,443 per year.

Voting is noon to 9 p.m. at the village office, 256 Main St.

ESPERANCE

Only one four-year trustee position is on the ballot. Daniel DeFilipps is unopposed in seeking the seat of outgoing trustee Carmine Petracca. The position pays $1,400 per year.

Polls are open noon to 9 p.m. in Village Hall, 115 Church St.

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