Open Seat in Margaretville Village Board could be determined by write-in; Fred Miller retiring

By Brian Sweeney
Only one candidate has filed a petition to run for a trustee position on the Margaretville Village Board in the March 18 election.
Incumbent Dave Budin is running for another two-year term on the board, but longtime trustee Fred Miller has decided not to seek re-election. No other village residents submitted petitions to run for office.
The ballots will contain only Mr. Budin’s name and two spaces for write-in candidates. The write-in candidate with the highest vote count would earn the vacant trustee position.
Asked why he chose not to run again, Mr. Miller said he’s been on the village board for six years. Combined with his tenure on the Middletown Town Board and the Margaretville Central School Board of Education, he has 24 years of community service.
“There’s no particular reason why I’m not running again, but it’s time to take a break and let someone else do it,” he commented.
Voting in Margaretville takes place on Tuesday, March 18 from noon-9 p.m. at the village office on Main Street.
Other members of the village board include Mayor Diana Cope and Trustees Iris Mead and John VanBenschoten.
There are two trustee seats open for two-year terms each in the Village of Fleischmanns. One petition is from Harriet L. Grossman and the other is from David Yates. Both if these candidates currently hold Trustee positions on the Village Board of Fleischmanns.