Village voters have choices in March

Gwen Chamberlain

Penn Yan Village residents will have some choices between candidates for village trustee and justice offices March 15 when they vote to fill trustee positions now held by former mayor Robert Church, Christine Christensen, and Richard Stewart.

For the first time in many elections, village residents will also have a choice in who will preside over village court.


Church and Christensen are not seeking re-election, but Stewart has filed a petition to be on the ballot.

Challengers are Sarah D. Vestal, Stefan Lewandowski, Kevin McLoud, and Danny Condella.


The other post up for election in Penn Yan is the village justice post, vacated last spring when long time justice Danny Hibbard retired.

Michael J. Christensen, the former Penn Yan Village Trustee who has been the Milo Town Justice since 2013 when he was appointed to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice John Symonds, has announced his plans to run for election to the Penn Yan Village Justice seat currently held by Matthew Conlon. See his letter to the editor on page A4.

Conlon, who is also planning to run for the position, was appointed village justice last spring when Hibbard retired.

Christensen points to his 31 years of experience in law enforcement and many years in other roles in the community, such as Penn Yan Central School Board (12 yrs), serving terms as President and Vice President; Penn Yan Little League Coach and Vice-President, Board of Directors. (15 yrs); Yates County Junior Football Assistant Coach and President, Board of Directors; Yates County Youth Soccer Coach; President, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Council; President, Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Association; President, Yates County Deputy Sheriff’s Association; Penn Yan Volunteer Fire Department, Life Member; Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps; Penn Yan Lions Club; Penn Yan Elks Club; and Penn Yan Village Board of Trustees

Christensen says he does not see any reason he won’t be able to manage the workload of two busy municipal courts, commenting, “I am not concerned with the amount of time required as I am currently retired and very used to being busy. I enjoy the interaction with the public, law enforcement and the attorneys during justice court. Obviously, it is not without some challenges, but I am confident in my abilities. The late Robert Nielsen was both Village Justice and Milo Justice for a number of years.”


In Dundee, incumbent trustees Judy Duquette and Larry Howell, along with incumbent justice Paula Seeley, are seeking re-election to their posts unchallenged by others.


In Dresden, incumbent trustee Colleen Riviello plans to seek re-election. She will be unopposed.


The Village Mayor seat currently held by Jon Bagley will be on the ballot in Rushville. Two village trustee seats with four-year terms in Rushville will be up for election. One is vacant following the recent death of David Field, and the other is currently held by Timothy Jabaut.