CHENANGO COUNTY – Today voters in Chenango County will cast ballots in local elections.
"We always encourage people to come out and vote," Chenango County Republican Election Commissioner Mary Lou Monahan said. "Any voter in Chenango County is welcome to come."
All unregistered voters had until Saturday, October 28 to register to vote in early voting or the November 7, General Election. If you have not registered you may be able to vote by affidavit or court order. A judge will be on standby.
Monahan explained poll sites are neutral sites and no talking of politics is allowed and no electioneering permitted within 100 feet of a polling site.
The workers are a bi-partisan team set in place to support anyone in need of help, questions or direction. From name and address check in; to verification of signature to showing voters to privacy booths; it's a politically neutral welcoming environment.
“Poll workers are compensated for a passing grade on the annual open-book certification test. Poll workers are also compensated for full and half days at the polling sites,” said Monahan.
Workers had to learn how to operate newly updated voting machines recently implemented by the county.
Monahan said the entire fleet of voting machines was replaced with new models thanks to grant funding and approximately two years of planning by the Chenango County Board of Elections.
"We knew we were going to have to make a change because our voting machines, our prior voting machines, were 14 years old this year. So we really knew when they turned 10, 11 years old and as we started to have more maintenance on them, we knew we really needed to just make a decision," said Monahan.
The new machines had to go through a lengthy certification process by New York State.
She also noted, there are no voting sites at the county office building. Every year many people turn up looking for polling stations.
The City of Norwich and the Town of German also have some additional changes coming this voting season. Both municipalities will be introducing new polling sites this year.
The City of Norwich has moved their polling site from St. Bartholomew’s Parish Center to the Community Room at the Guernsey Memorial Library, located at 3 Court Street in Norwich.
The Town of German polling site will move from the Smithville Fire Department and return to the German Town Hall, located at 206 County Road 5 in McDonough
Chenango County 2023 General Election:
Names reported on ballot by the Chenango County Board of Election
State and County:
State Supreme Court Justice, 6th Judicial District D: Deirdre Hey; Cheryl Insinga
District Attorney: Michael Ferrarese
City of Norwich
City of Norwich Mayor: Brian J. Doliver
Supervisor Wards 1, 2, 3: James J. McNeil
Alderperson Ward 1: Eric J. Warren; Michael Hepfer
Alderperson Ward 3: Nancy Allaire
Supervisor Wards 4, 5, 6: Robert M. Jeffrey
Alderperson Ward 5: David M. Zieno; Joseph P. Maiurano
Afton Supervisor: John Lawrence
Councilmember: Jamie Baciuska; Calvin Tallmadge
Bainbridge Supervisor: Dolores Nabinger
Councilmember: D. Gordon Daniels; Robert Evans
Columbus Supervisor: Diane Scalzo
Town Clerk: Elizabeth A. Vermeulen
Town Justice: Michael B. Anson
Councilmember: No one on ballot reported
Superintendent of Highways: Kevin D. Cross
Coventry Supervisor: Cammie Wyckoff
Town Clerk: Theresa A. Schultheis
Councilmember: George Broeg; Greg Miller
Superintendent of Highways:: Richard Granger, Jr.
German Supervisor: Patricia Pittsley
Town Clerk: Ellen T. Maroney
Town Justice: No one on ballot reported
Councilmember: Robert Vanwagenen
Bruce Coleman; Kimberly Marie G. Simpson; Christine White
Councilmember To Fill Vacancy: Amanda Orr
Assessor: Stephen J. Collins; Lisa Teichert
Assessor To Fill Vacancy: Tiffany Kerns
Superintendent Of Highways: Robert Turshman, Sr.
Greene Supervisor: Stephen Page; Bernard E. Mcdermott
Town Clerk: Mary C. Wrench
Councilmember: Stephen J. Northrup; Karman Harrington
Guilford Supervisor: Susan Mcintyre; Gilda P. Ward
Thomas Daniel Quiter
Town Clerk: Jodie M. Ives
Councilmember: Terence L. Ives;Jordan D. Fleming
Lincklaen Supervisor: Sharon Monro
Town Clerk To Fill Vacancy: Diana Kilfeather
Town Justice: Christopher Davis
Councilmember: Wayne Outwater; Patrick Holl
Superintendent Of Highways: Barry Monro
Ballot Proposition No. 1: “Shall local law no. 1 of 2023, entitled, 'Change from elected town highway superintendent to an appointed highway superintendent and the term of office of appointed highway superintendent will be a two-year appointment commencing January 1, 2024, be adopted.'”
McDonough Supervisor: Raymond E. Wakefield, Jr.; Timothy O’brien
Town Clerk: Shirley R. Cook
Councilmember: Penny L. Beckwith; Jonathan C. Carey
Superintendent of Highways: Todd Tefft
Ballot Proposition No. 1
“do you wish Town of McDonough to bond $2 million for Pike Road repair project? Yes or No”
New Berlin Supervisor: Wendy Rifanburg
Town Clerk: Deborah A. Barker
Town Justice: Karen N. Mckie
Councilmember: Roy R. Stockwell; Sarah L. Wales-Wright; April Christian
Ballot Proposition No. 1
“Shall the town of New Berlin, New York be authorized to conduct and regulate the operation of bingo games within its jurisdiction, subject to applicable laws and regulations?”
North Norwich Supervisor: Robert E Wansor
Town Clerk: Loretta L. Smith
Councilmember: Joseph F. Santiago; Elton J. Proskine
Superintendent of Highways: Joseph M. Eldred
Norwich Town Supervisor: Stanley D. Foulds
Town Clerk: Amy A. Winton
Town Justice: James A. Fox
Councilmember: Michael A. Gibbon; Larry J. Monahan
Council to fill vacancy: David A. Mack
Sole Elected Assessor: Keith A. Reynolds
Superintendent of Highways: Barry D. Christophersen
Tax Collector: Theodore W. Guinn
Otselic Supervisor: Michael Foor-Pessin; Marjorie Davis
Town Clerk: Erin Graham
Town Justice: Erika Swayze
Councilmember: Allison Miller; Stacie Morse; Jay Graham
Superintendent of Highways: Steven Forrest
Oxford Supervisor: Alan D. Davis
Town Clerk: Tammy Dilfer
Councilmember: John V. Weidman; Carl Koenig
Pharsalia Supervisor: Jeremiah Micklas
Town Clerk: Gerald Norris
Town Justice: Carolyn Powell
Councilmembers: Darin Smith; Kenneth Granger
Superintendent of Highways: Thomas Slate
Pitcher Supervisor: Jeff Blanchard
Town Justice: Dave Cruikshank
Councilmember: Bruce Hakes; Alan Stith
Plymouth Supervisor: Patty Murray; Garry James
Town Clerk: Virginia E. Brown
Town Justice: John E. Marvin
Councilmember: Frank Williams; Ray Elsworth; Thomas Prisco
Superintendent of Highways: Louis Redenback; Christopher Strain
Preston Supervisor: Zachary W. Meseck
Town Clerk: Jennifer L. Funk
Councilmember: Andrea Macintosh; Cheryl Sheldon; Scott A Howe; Jessie A. Howe
Councilmember to fill vacancy: Eillen Gyles Andrews
Superintendent of Highways: Daniel L. Franklin
Sherburne Supervisor: Charles A. Mastro
Councilmember:: Glen C. Bagnall; Rowena R. Krum
Library Trustee: Denise Boise; Robert Ferris; Karen Ritchey
Smithville Supervisor: John J. Cammarata
Town Clerk: Philip V. Montelione
Councilmember: Robert M. Whitmore; Frederick J. Heisler, Jr.
Superintendent of Highways: Vincent P. Witkowski
Smyrna Supervisor: Michael R. Khoury
Town Clerk: Geraldine W. Day
Councilmember: Gerrad J. Burrs; Ernest F. Schraft
Superintendent of Highways: Christopher D. Cook
New York State
New York State Proposal No. 1: Removal of Small City School Districts From Special Constitutional Debt Limitation: The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 4 of the Constitution removes the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
New York State Proposal No. 2 -
Extending Sewage Project Debt Exclusion From Debt Limit: The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution extends for ten years the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to remove from their constitutional debt limits debt for the construction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?