OLEAN, NY -- Incumbent William Aiello defeated challenger Linda Witte in a re-match for Olean mayor in Tuesday’s election.
Aiello, running on the Republican and Independent lines, received 1,769 votes, while Witte, who had the backing of the Democrat and Conservative parties, finished with a total of 1,186, according to unofficial results from the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections.
During the campaign, Aiello said he was proud of the progress Olean has made since he was elected mayor. He said teamwork of community organizations such as the Olean Common Council, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, Olean Business Development and non-profit and religious organizations has contributed to this success.
Aiello was born and raised in the community and spent 32 years working in the Olean Police Department. He was elected to the Cattaraugus County Legislature in 2008 and served until 2013 when he successfully challenged Witte, who was the incumbent mayor.
The mayor’s race was the only contested election in Olean this year. Four incumbent aldermen ran unopposed and were re-elected -- Kelly J. Andreano in Ward 2, Kevin M. Dougherty in Ward 4, Nate D. Smith in Ward 6, and Brian J. George in Ward 7.