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Village Elections March 15

By Jann Wiswall

With presidential elections bombarding the news every day, it may not even be on your radar that there is an election coming up for residents of the Village of Ellicottville.  But there is and, as always, it’s important to vote.

The election will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at the Ellicottville Town Center (the former Cornell Cooperative Extension Service building). Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m.

The positions of Village mayor and two four-year seats on the board of trustees will be decided.

Current Mayor Charles Coolidge is running for reelection to a fourth consecutive four-year term. He is running as a Republican and as a “People’s Choice” candidate. He is being challenged by former Town Supervisor John Burrell, who is running as a “New Village” candidate.

Two incumbent board members, Republicans Patra Lowes and Bob Brogcinski, are running for reelection. “New Village” candidate Joseph DiPasquale also is running for the board. Voters will be asked to vote for two of the three candidates.

Only registered voters may participate. Anyone turning 18 years of age on or before the day of the election (March 15, 2016) may vote. If you’re not yet registered to vote, or if you need an absentee ballot, please visit the Cattaraugus County Board of Elections at or call 716-938-9111.

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