Village of Lewiston trustee defeats Town of Lewiston councilman
Come January, Dennis Brochey will be supervisor in the Town of Lewiston.
Brochey, a Democrat and Village of Lewiston trustee, unofficially defeated Ernie Palmer, a Republican and Town of Lewiston councilman, by 418 votes in Tuesday's election. He took 10 out of 14 districts, including all three in the village, en route to 1,965 votes. Palmer finished with 1,547 votes.
Almost two-thirds of the 273 absentee ballots had been returned as of this writing, and are expected to fall 50-50 between the two candidates.
Brochey attributed his win to the trust he said voters have in him. He has served on the Village of Lewiston Board of Trustees for a little more than a year. More notably, the supervisor-elect owned and operated Dennis Brochey's Automotive on Center Street for more than 20 years.
Brochey said the appointment of a deputy supervisor and town finance director would be among his first actions. Moreover, he vowed relations would improve between the town and the village. The two municipalities have clashed in recent years over the Lewiston Police Department budget, water bills and the establishment of a recreation center.
In the other Town of Lewiston race, councilmen Mike Marra and Alfonso Bax were re-elected. Both ran unopposed, and will serve four more years.
Brochey's term is for two years.
All election results are unofficial at this time.