HINSDALE, NY — Because Hinsdale Supervisor Thomas Hooper did not seek re-election for another two-year term, three candidates went head-to-head in the race for that office.
Monroe B. Bishop, who ran on the Republican and Independence party lines, won with 239 votes, according to unofficial election results posted by the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections. Mary Ann Powley, a Democrat who had served on the town council, came in second with 123 votes. Michael L. Bushnell, a Conservative, received 88 votes,
For the two available town council seats,incumbent Douglas Wilson and challenger Ronald Brown, both Republicans, defeated challenger Lori Clovis, a Democrat, and incumbent Gerald Maerten, a Conservative. Brown received 297 votes; Wilson, 296; Clovis, 135, and Maerten, 103.
Wilson said his biggest goal was keeping taxes low. He has argued against what he deemed unnecessary expenses in the past.
Brown, who had resigned from his post as Hinsdale highway superintendent, said his goals centered around bringing Hinsdale back to what it once was, including well-kept ball fields and parks, a focus on youth sports, and a close relationship with the highway department.
Clovis had a platform that included updating technology for bookkeeping as well as resources for roadway updates and emergency reserves. She also expressed concerns about environmental risks associated with the Northern Access Pipeline.
Maerten, who had been in office for seven years, called himself a conservative voice for the people of Hinsdale, aiming to keep taxes at a low level while maintaining services that taxpayers need.
Incumbent Highway Superintendent Theodore Mascho, a Republican, defeated challenger Daniel Zawatski, who ran as a Democrat and Conservative , 277 to 200.
Mascho has 27 years of construction experience and is a life-member of the Hinsdale Fire Department.
Zawatski, who had served on the Hinsdale Town Board for 12 years, has been a steamfitter with Local 449 for 39 years.