Cope coasts to win in mayor's race


By Brian Sweeney
Political newcomer Diana Cope will be Margaretville’s new mayor following a 102-24 win over longtime village resident Lauren Davis on Tuesday.

Ms. Cope ran a low-key campaign during her first try for public office.
Mr. Davis was seeking the village mayoral post for the third time. He waged a public battle during his campaign, often criticizing the actions of current Mayor Bill Stanton and the board of trustees.
The new mayor will take office on April 1.

Village elections were also held in Fleischmanns last Tuesday, but none of the incumbent candidates faced opposition.

The light turnout showed the following results: Mayor (two-year term) Todd Pascarella 17 votes. Village Trustee (two-year term) Kathleen Rostad Miles 17 votes; Trustee (two-year term) Benjamin Fenton 15 votes, Trustee (one-year unexpired term) David Yates 13 votes.