LAKEWOOD – The mayor’s race for the village of Lakewood is too close to call.
Democratic challenger Cara Birrittieri leads incumbent David Wordelmann by 20 votes – although absentee ballots could change the outcome. The official results will be known within two weeks once all absentees are counted. A total of 95 absentee ballots were sent out with 50 having already been sent back to the board of elections.
LAKEWOOD VILLAGE TRUSTEES
Randall Holcomb (R) 578 and Ellen Barnes (R) 516 were elected, with current board member John Jablonski III (D) losing his reelection bid.
Meanwhile, the supervisor of the second largest town in southern Chautauqua County has easily won reelection.
Busti Republican Jesse Robbins defeated challenger Democratic Lee Fischer by a vote of 906 to 598. The Busti Town Council was also contested, with Republican James Andrews and Democrat Rudy Mueller being the top two vote-getters. Republican Robert Schultz was the odd man.
Also for Busti in the Town Justice race, William Geary (R) 930 defeated Gary Segrue (D) 682.