New Berlin Gets A New Mayor, Earlville Keeps Theirs
Published: March 16th, 2011

Sun Staff Reports


A total of 42 Greene residents turned out on Tuesday to vote in the village’s annual election. Three candidates appeared on the ballot, one for each of the positions open.

For the position of mayor, incumbent Marcia Miller, a Republican, received 35 votes.

Republican Rod Andrews received 37 to retain his seat on the board of trustees. This will be Andrews’ third consecutive two-year term on the board.

Newcomer Phil Brown, also a Republican, received 33 votes. He will begin his first elected term on the municipality’s governing body on April 1.

There were no write-ins, according to Village Clerk Christine Pierce.

Voter turnout was down significantly from the last mayoral election, in 2009, when more than 120 people visited the polls.


Village of Earlville residents went to the voting booth Tuesday to make choices for mayor, three trustee positions and a village justice. In addition, voters weighed-in on a public referendum to extend term limits.

Incumbent Mayor Mark A. Doeberl, a village resident for 24 years, beat-out newcomer Vito Bolognone by a vote of 96 to 58. Doeberl had been elected to a third, two-year term as a village trustee prior to his appointment as mayor last summer.

Incumbent Village Justice Ronald Hailston, who ran unopposed for a four-year term, received 119 votes; incumbent trustees Henry R. Moore and Gerald L. Hayes received 127 and 134 votes respectively for two, full-term positions and Thomas Taylor received 115 votes and will fill the one-year term trustee vacancy left by Doeberl.

A notice of permissive referendum to extend term limits from two years to four years for the offices of mayor and trustee was turned down by a vote of 82 to 68.

New Berlin

With no official candidates on the ballot for mayor, New Berlin voters elected Trustee Terry Potter Tuesday night after he launched a write-in campaign for the office.

Potter, who was on the ballot running for re-election to his trustee position, received 80 write-in votes for mayor and 64 regular votes as trustee.

Current Mayor Wade Schrag received 19 votes for mayor and 12 for trustee. Schrag launched his own write-in campaign, but announced last week he was withdrawing from the race citing personal health issues.

Unopposed Trustee Michael Conroe was also reelected to his seat on the board with 84 votes.

Potter said Tuesday night he would accept the position as mayor and vacate his board seat. The New Berlin Village Clerk’s Office was unable to clarify what would happen to Potter’s board seat, but in the 2009 mayoral election, with nearly identical circumstances, the newly sworn-in mayor appointed someone to the open seat until the following year’s regular elections.

Clerk Diann Davisson said she also didn’t know when Potter would assume the mayor’s office, but said it would be “in the beginning of April.”

“I’m truly humbled with the support I’ve been extended and I hope to build upon past progresses in moving forward,” said Potter. Potter, who has been a trustee and youth commissioner for the last decade, thanked former New Berlin mayors Marty Benson, Carol Riley and Schrag for their guidance and mentoring.

“I think New Berlin is fortunate in having so many good people contribute so much and I hope to build on their successes,” he said.


Village of Sherburne voters chose longtime community volunteer and political newcomer Elena Casscles over former Trustee Jack Staley by a vote of 96 to 88 on Tuesday.

A village resident since 1973, Casscles served with the Sherburne-Earlville Board of Education for eight years, six of which she spent as board president. A former training systems analyst for Victory Markets, Casscles was also a member of the Sherburne Fire Department and Rotary for several years.


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