Update 11 a.m. Wednesday — The Lansing race results for town councilperson have been updated as the race is too close to call and turnout data has been added. 

TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Elections results are in for local races.

Though all precincts have reported, the results are still considered unofficial, as absentee ballots are still coming in. They will be certified next week.

The race for Lansing town councilperson is too close to call until absentee ballots are counted. There are four people vying for two seats — Robert A. Cree, Doug Dake, Walaa Maharem-Horan and Joseph Wetmore. There are nearly 200 absentee outstanding, which will particularly impact the Lansing Town Board race where vote margins between some candidates are as low as 12 votes.

Absentee ballots for Lansing will be counted a 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Tompkins County Board of Elections. The counting is open to the public.

Voting turnout was around 36 percent for all districts in Tompkins County. Some districts, especially where there were contested races, the turnout was around 50 percent or higher. Dryden and Lansing both had high turnouts, and some districts in the City of Ithaca, including Wards 3 and 5.

Below are the unofficial general election results.

Note: This page was last updated at 10:51 a.m. Wednesday with all precincts reporting. 

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Town Supervisor 

✔ 555 Mark C. Witmer (D)

Town Councilperson – two seats

✔ 522 John  R. Fracchia (D)

✔ 601 Calvin C. Snow (D)

Town Justice

160 Brett Cary (R)

✔ 516 Gary Reinbolt (D)


Town Clerk

✔   637 Pamela Goddard (D)

Highway Superintendent

✔   675 Carl Seamon (D)

Town Councilperson – two seats

✔   607 Matt Ulinski (D)

✔    601 Jim Holahan (D)


Town Supervisor

✔  2,200 Jason Leifer (D) (Protecting Dryden)

1, 663 Bruno P. Schickel (I) (R)

Highway Superintendent

✔ 3, 522 Richard J. Young Jr. (D) (I) (R)

Town Councilperson – two seats

✔  2,232 Dan Lamb (D) (Protecting Dryden)

1, 549  Joseph F. Osmeloski (I) (R)

1,629 Don E. Scutt (I) (R)

✔  2,200 Kathy Servoss (D) (Protecting Dryden)

Dryden Democrats celebrate a hard-fought win Tuesday night. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice


Town Supervisor

✔ 472 Beth McGee (D) (Community Values)

Town Clerk

✔ 605 Alice M. Linton (R) (D)

Highway Superintendent

✔ 568 Barry J. Rollins Sr. (R) (D)

Town Justice

✔  578 Betty F. Poole (R) (D)

Town Councilperson – three seats

Four-year term

✔ 456 Virginia Bryant (D) (Community Values)

✔ 439 Mimi Mehaffey (D) (Community Values)

Filling vacancy. Two-year term

✔ 452 Becky Sims (D) (Community Values)


Town Supervisor

✔ 959 Donald F. Scheffler (R)

Highway Superintendent

✔ 727 Richard C. Case Jr. (R)

563 Patrick O’Neill (Let’s Be Fair)

Town Clerk

✔ 1,000 April L. Scheffler (R)

Town Councilperson – two seats

✔ 756 Richard B. Gamel (R)

599 Kelly Smith (D)

490 Faith Tyler (D)

✔ 746 Crystal L. Young (R)

City of Ithaca

Common Council

Ward 1

✔  652 Cynthia Brock (D) (WF)

106 Anthony J. Hayton (Operation West Hill)

26 James T. Lukasavage (Ithaca New Cynics)

Ward 2

✔ 867 Seph Murtagh (D) (WF)

Ward 3

✔  340 Donna Fleming (D)

Ward 4

✔  96 Graham S. Kerslick (D)

Ward 5 – two seats

(Four year term)

✔ 690 Deborah Mohlenhoff (D)

Laura Lewis (left) and Deborah Mohlenhoff (right)  at the Tompkins County Democratic Victory Party Tuesday night. Photo by Sarah Resman/The Ithaca Voice

(Two year term)

✔ 493 Laura Lewis (D)

268 Melissa Hall (Fall Creek Voice)

93 Aryeal Jackson (Representation)

Town of Ithaca

Town Justice

✔  2, 588 Jim Salk (D)

Town Councilperson – three seats

✔ 2,331 Richard P. DePaolo (D)

✔ 2, 311 Tee Ann Hunter (D)

✔ 2, 554 Patricia A. Leary (D) (Working Families)


Town Councilperson – two seats

Editor’s note: Race is too close to call at this point until absentee ballots are counted. There are nearly 200 absentee ballots outstanding which could impact this race, according to the Tompkins County Board of Elections. 

☐ 1,461 Robert A. Cree (I) (R)

☐ 1,508 Doug Dake (I) (R)

☐ 1,406 Walaa Maharem-Horan (D) (Lansing Lighthouse)

☐ 1,449 Joseph Wetmore (D) (Green)


Town Supervisor

✔  559 Jeffrey M. Hart (I) (R)

Town Councilperson – two seats

472  Christine M. Laughlin (I) (R)

✔ 501 Joanne James (D) (Better Newfield)

Town Clerk 

✔ 802 Karen M. Miller-Kenerson (I) (R) (D)

Highway Superintendent 

✔ 793 Kevin C. Berggren (I) (R) (D)


Highway Superintendent

624 Benjamin Carver (D)

✔ 709 David G. Reynolds (R)

Town Supervisor

✔  915 Elizabeth Thomas (D)

Town Councilperson – two seats

✔ 941 Nancy Zahler (D)

✔ 881 Richard Goldman (D)

Tompkins County Legislature

District 1

✔ 1, 666 Leslyn McBean-Clairborne (D) (Working Families)

Leslyn McBean-Clairborne at the Tompkins County Democratic Victory Party Tuesday night. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

District 2

✔ 804 Anna Kelles

District 3

✔ 580 Henry Granison (D)

129 Carolina Osorio Gil (Working Families)

District 4

✔ 220 Rich John (D) (Bridge Builders)

23 Reed Steberger (Withdrawn but still on ballot)

District 5

631 Keith Hannon (I) (Cayuga United)

✔ 1, 063 Anne Koreman (D) Working Families

District 6

1,092 Michael Koplinka-Loehr (D) (Working Families)

✔  1,262 Mike Sigler (R) (I)

District 7

✔ 1,273 Dan Klein

District 8

✔ 805 David McKenna (R) (I)

District 9

✔ 1, 097 Glenn Morey (R)

District 10

✔ 1, 126 Deborah Dawson (D) (Working Families)

District 11

✔ 987 Shawna Black (D) (Working Families)

District 12

✔ 537 Amanda Champion (D) (Working Families)

289 Jennifer Karius (Freedom and Equity)

District 13

✔ 1, 527 Martha Robertson (D) (Working Families)

District 14

728 Nathan Busby (R) (I)

✔ 1,033 Mike Lane (D) (Protecting Dryden)


Proposal One: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same? 

Yes (4,844)

✔  No (14,307)

Proposal Two: Allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony.

✔  Yes (16,506)

No (2,517)

Proposal Three: Authorizing the use of of forest preserve land for specified purposes.

✔ Yes (12,690)

No (6,039)

Proposal Four: Shall a local law be approved that would amend the Ithaca City Charter and the City of Ithaca Municipal Code to replace eleven boards, committees, commissions and councils with four new volunteer Advisory Commissions intended to empower public participation in setting City policy?

✔ Yes (1,901)

No (1,105)

Featured in the photo from left to right are Amanda Champion, Deborah Dawson, Martha Robertson, Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Shawna Black, and Anne Koreman. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.