Five seek three seats on Penn Yan Village Board

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Candidates for Penn Yan Village offices

Five candidates will be campaigning for three 4-year terms on the Penn Yan Village Board, while former mayor Leigh MacKerchar is unchallenged in his bid for the mayor's seat, and current mayor, Robert Church, is running unopposed to fill the seat vacated by Michael Christensen's resignation in December.

Petitions for the trustee seats have been filed by incumbents William Allison, David Reeve, and Carolyn Benedict. Benedict was appointed to the board after Christensen resigned, but that appointment expires June 1, at the end of the village fiscal year.

Challenging those three are former trustee Ronald Dailey and Robert Hawley, who each have complicated histories with the village government.

Dailey, a former Penn Yan teacher, had previously been elected village trustee with the most votes in 2007.

He stepped down from the village board in 2008 following an investigation into funds missing from the Penn Yan Fire Department.

In May 2008, Dailey admitted that he took a over $50,000 from the Sheldon Hose Company and two Penn Yan Middle School accounts over four years. He served 15 months in Yates County Jail after being convicted of three counts of third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony. Since then, he has been elected as one of four coroners in Yates County.

Hawley ran for election to the village board in 1998, and has engaged village officials in legal action when he questions or disagrees with decisions.

Information he has sought through Freedom of Information requests led to a lengthy audit of Penn Yan Fire Department financial records, and to investigations and lawsuits regarding the Fire Department's Length of Service Awards Program.

The village election will be held March 18. Registered voters in the village of Penn Yan are eligible to vote. The deadline to register at the Yates County Board of Elections is 5 p.m. March 7.