46 voters return incumbents to office

VOORHEESVILLE — The three unopposed village officials retained their seats in the election Tuesday thanks to a paltry 46 voters.

The village has 2,789 residents, according to the 2010 federal census.

“Obviously, it was a quiet night in Voorheesville,” said Village Clerk-Treasurer Linda Pasquali.

Mayor Robert Conway garnered 42 votes to win his third four-year term as mayor. He previously served as a village trustee for four years. He is currently the human resources manager for the City of Rensselaer.

“We still have some work to do that I’d like to see finished before I call it a career,” Conway said earlier about running.

Trustee Jack Stevens received 44 votes. Stevens also sought and won his third four-year term. He had previously served as mayor.

Trustee Richard Berger also earned 44 votes. He won his fourth four-year term on the village board, and he serves as the deputy mayor.

Pasquali said that 1,920 voters are registered in the village.

The election saw only two write-in ballots: local resident and Village Engineer Richard Straut received one vote for mayor, and quiet zone activist Steven Schreiber received one vote for trustee.

“I’d like to see the village stay the way it is,” Berger said earlier. “People move here because they like the way it is.”

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