Emergency services building vote passes

TUPPER LAKE – Village residents voted in favor of building a new emergency services building to house the village fire and police departments.

Polls closed at 9 p.m. and it took village officials almost an hour to count the 681 paper ballots cast in the special election.

The final vote count was 364 votes in favor of the new building, 298 against it and 27 votes were not counted. They were cast provisionally, but with the margin of votes in favor, they woudln’t have made a difference.

Firefighters and other supporters of the project milled around the basement of the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library nervously as the ballots were counted. They cheered in excitement when it appeared there were enough votes to pass it, and they cheered again when the final vote count was announced.

“We are very ecstatic about the results of tonight’s vote,” said Mark Picerno, who was head of the department through most of the process.

“We want to thank the village people more than anything,” said village Trustee Haji Maroun, also a member of the fire department.