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Residents cast their ballot for the fate of Whitesboro

By JOLEEN FERRIS

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Within minutes of the polls opening at noon in the Whitesboro Village Offices, voters filled the building, waiting in line to cast their ballot regarding the dissolution of the nearly 200-year-old village.

Back in September, supporters of the dissolution movement gathered more than the approximately 200 required signatures to bring the issue to a public referendum.

Lunch hour on Tuesday brought a bottle neck of traffic, all voters.

The turnout was so high that the village clerk/treasurer found herself outside, directing traffic.

Some voted not to dissolve because they didn't want their village to lose its identity. Yet others said they had concerns about approving dissolution of the village without a blueprint on how to do it.

"I voted no," said James Hayes. "I voted to save the village. I've lived here all my life."

"They've not come up with any kind of a plan to let us know what's going to be happening and I need our services - both police and fire," says Florence Wood.

Still others voted "yes" in hopes of embracing progress and avoiding duplication of services.

"I voted yes," said Anne Mele. "I wanted to eliminate the one layer of government...duplication of everything. It's time we move forward. We're in the 21st century."

Polls close at 9 p.m.

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