In Voorheesville: 74 voters send Straut and Winchell back to village board

VOORHEESVILLE — Facing no opposition, village trustees Richard Straut and Sarita Winchell were re-elected, each receiving 95 percent of the vote on Tuesday, March 19.

Straut received 74 of 78 votes cast (there were also three write-in votes) to win his first full four-year term. He was appointed to the board in 2016, after Brett Hotaling resigned to become the village’s superintendent of public works, and, in 2017, Straut was unopposed in an election to fill out the remainder of Hotaling’s four-year term.

Winchell also received 74 of 78 votes cast to win her first full four-year term. She had been appointed to the seat in 2017, following the resignation of Florence Reddy; last year, Winchell won the election to complete Reddy’s term.

About 3.9 percent of registered voters turned out for the election.

Straut said he was looking forward to implementing the village’s first comprehensive plan, and stressed walkability.

Winchell is eager to work on a five-year plan to update infrastructure and extend sewer lines.

Winchell worked for the Voorheesville Central School District from 1974 to 2011, and then again, in 2014 and 2015, on an interim basis. She began as treasurer for the district and then moved on to become assistant superintendent for business for nine years.

She has lived in the village since 1971. Winchell and her husband, John, have two daughters who live out of the area, and two grandchildren with another one on the way.

Straut and his wife, Diana, have lived in Voorheesville since 2002. The couple has three sons. “The main driving force,” for moving to the village, Straut said, “was the school district.”

Straut is a principal with Barton and Loguidice and used to serve as the village engineer. He set aside his firm’s professional agreement with Voorheesville when he became a trustee.

According to the most recent available data from the United States Census Bureau, as of 2017, Voorheesville had a population of 2,829. And, as of March 2019, according to the Albany County Board of Elections, the village had 2,010 registered voters.


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