Cinquanti defeats Villa for Amsterdam mayor in unofficial count

Democrats resume control of city hall
Michael Cinquanti answers a question at a debate at Riverfront Center Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Michael Cinquanti answers a question at a debate at Riverfront Center Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

AMSTERDAM — Michael Cinquanti appears to have defeated incumbent Mayor Michael Villa by an unofficial vote count of 1,657 to 1,243 Tuesday night. 

Cinquanti, who ran on the Democratic, Conservative, Working Families, Green and Independence party lines, carried 57.1 percent of the unofficial total, with Villa, a Republican, carried only 42.8 percent. 

“I’d like to thank everybody who voted for me,” Cinquanti said. “I’d like to thank the people I met [going to the] doors of Amsterdam. I listened to what they had to say. They were listening, and I was listening. It was just a great evening for my family and all my supporters.”

Villa did not return phone calls seeking comment Tuesday night. 

More: Election roundup: Capital Region race results 2019

Terry Bieniek, Montgomery County’s Democratic election commissioner, said there are between 30 and 50 absentee ballots that will be counted on Wednesday, not enough to swing the mayor’s race, but possibly enough to affect the outcome of several of the alderman races. 

Two of the top city leaders during Villa’s administration, City Controller Matt Agresta, and Democratic Deputy Mayor and 5th Ward Alderman, James Martuscello, both of whom ran unopposed, were both reelected. Martuscello, voting with the two Republican aldermen, was the decisive vote in passing the city’s $33.1 million 2019-20 budget, which carried with it a 7 percent tax levy increase. The Amsterdam City Republican Party elected not to challenge Martuscello’s incumbency. 

The unofficial vote totals show a split of two incumbents and two challengers winning the other four Amsterdam common council seats. 

Incumbent 1st Ward Alderman Republican Patrick Russo unofficially picked up 432 votes (49.8 percent), just beating challenger Ken Mazur who unofficially received 429 votes (49.8 percent). 

In Amsterdam’s 2nd Ward, challenger Democrat David Gomula unofficially received 227 votes (50.56 percent) appears to have edged out incumbent Republican 2nd Ward Alderman Paul Ochal, who according to unofficial results, received 221 votes (49.11 percent). Gomula also ran on the Conservative Party line. 

Incumbent 3rd Ward Alderwoman Irene Collins, who unofficially received 309 votes, (50.57 percent) has a slim lead over Republican challenger Kimberly VanWormer, who according to unofficial results, received 302 votes (49.4 percent). 

In Amsterdam’s 4th Ward, challenger Stephen Gomula, who unofficially received 206 votes (54.5 percent) appears to have defeated incumbent Democrat Dave Dybas, who unoffically received 170 votes (44.97 percent).

Montgomery County 

In the District 3 County Legislator race challenger Republican John Thayer won the unofficial vote count with 489 votes (59.57 percent) defeating incumbent Democrat Roy Dimond, who received 330 votes (40.29 percent). 

Incumbent District 9 Legislator Robert Purtell, who unofficially received 706 votes (67.3 percent) appears to have easily defeated challenger Republican Brendan Beardsley who received only 343 votes (32.7 percent). 

Election roundup: Capital Region race results 2019

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