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Village elections held Tuesday

Updated: 03/18/2014 7:16 PM
Created: 03/18/2014 7:19 AM WHEC.com

This is the day when those of you who live in villages can go out to pick leaders to run your local government.

In Monroe County, there are village elections in Pittsford, Scottsville and in Hilton where there is a contested mayoral race. In Ontario County, residents in Victor will head to the polls as well.

Andrew Fowler is a Hilton native who became the youngest elected official in Hilton history in 2012 when voters put him on the Village Board. He's now 21 and wants to be mayor. He's an education major at the College of Brockport and has been campaigning actively through Facebook to make local government more accessible and to bring more family-oriented community events to the village. He's running against Joe Lee, a former trustee, who is running for a second term on the "Hilton First" line.

Lee says he wants to continue helping Hilton with projects like replacing sidewalks and renovating the community center and re-lining old sewers which is important to the quality of life for those in the village.

In Hilton, the polls are set up at the community center on Henry Street.

Another big vote we are watching is the decision to dissolve the village of Lyons. The village has about 3,500 people and the town has just over 2,000. The two entities would merge and combine services like police, fire and water and sewer.

The group that's been pushing for dissolving the village says people can save 38-percent on their tax bills and that the tax rate would drop from $25 per thousand to just $15 per thousand. The average homeowner would save about $400 a year.

Residents voted for dissolution during last year's election but because of some opposition, there's going to be a final re-vote today. If approved, the village would be dissolved on December 31, 2015.

Polls are set up at the Lyons VFW on State Route 14.

In Orleans County, the Village of Medina is considering dissolution as well. The village could end up divided between two towns, Shelby and Ridgeway, but there is no referendum on that yet. Today a mayor and two trustees will be picked and they will influence what happens down the line to the village of Medina.

Polls are open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will have results on News10NBC at 11 and here on our website www.whec.com.





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