Local Election Winners Enjoy Victories

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2007 at 6:51 PM EDT

The stress of campaigning is over and winners of local elections can enjoy their victories.

For some its back to work, for others time to prepare for a new job.

It's another shot at public office for John Bertoni, the new Village of Endicott Mayor.

The former Union Supervisor easily defeated village trustee Joseph Nirchi.

One focus for Bertoni is the Tri-Cities Airport, which the village now manages.

"Let's see who we have to work with here to make it profitable and enjoyable for the village residents it's a valuable site it's got a lot of property, lot of land with it," says Bertoni.

Vestal Supervisor Peter Andreasen won a second term by defeating Democrat challenger Barry Klipsch a second time.

Andreasen will work on improving town roads, water and parks.

"Build it and they will come? If we get the proper infrastructure in here, we're just liable to get more business," says Andreasen.

Broome County has a new court judge, attorney Joseph Cawley.

With 52% of the vote, he edged out Binghamton City Court Judge Mary Anne Lehmann.

Voters didn't just see Cawley campaigning, but also representing businessman Cal Harris in a closely watched murder trial.

"There was always a concern that people would not like the fact of my representing Mr. Harris or some people would like the fact that I represented him and the twists and turns of the case, so I'm not really sure how it ultimately played out," says Cawley.

Cawley is now preparing to hand over the case to another attorney.

District Attorney Gerald Mollen fended off a challenger for the first time in 20 years, defeating Republican Michael Korchak.

"We're going to continue to learn and try to work with police and community organizations to do the most advanced effective things we can to address the wide range of challenges," says Mollen.

The winners begin their new terms in January.

When Cawley becomes judge, murder suspect Cal Harris will get a new face on his defense team.

Cawley says he will hand the Harris case to another attorney by January.

He'll talk with partner William Easton to decide who can step in for such a demanding case.

In Tioga County, Harris was convicted of killing his wife Michele, whose body has never been found.

Last week a judge overturned the jury's guilty verdict after a surprise witness came forward.

Tioga County District Attorney Gerald Keene says he'll appeal within 30 days.

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