Mayoral race heats up as election looms in Herkimer

By WKTV News

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - Voters in the Village of Herkimer will decide whether to keep their current Mayor or head in a new direction, Tuesday.

Village Trustee, Tony Brindisi is challenging incumbent Mayor Mark Ainsworth, who is fighting for a third term.

This is Brindisi's first crack at the Mayoral Election, with both candidates highlighting the issue of flood mitigation as the most prominent, along with developing Main St. and bringing Downtown Herkimer back to life with small businesses.

"We had a flood last year that cost $6 million of damage so again you know you're looking at how you finance that," said Mayor Ainsworth. "So that affects our budget because all the damage, but certainly we're moving forward we're maintaining ourselves and looking at ways to be conservative with what we spend."

"When we handle the budget here in Herkimer I feel like it's backwards," said challenger Brindisi. "At each meeting we sign our names to money that's already spent, different departments get what they need, and we just sign away. We need to reinvent that."

In addition to the Mayoral race, the Village Trustee Election will also take place Tuesday.

The candidates for this race are:

  • Katie Nichols (D,I)

  • Phil Markey (D,I)

  • Greg Malta (R)

  • Fred Wiesser (R)

Voters will vote for two of these four candidates to win a seat.

The vote will take place from Noon-9 p.m., and the voting locations are below:

  • District 2 & 6 - Street Department Garage

  • District 3 & 7 - MidTown Apartments on prospect

  • District 4 & 5 - Nathan Castle Apartments on S. Main

  • District 8 & 9 - Herkimer High School

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