Close Underticket Races Trigger Recounts
First Selectman Beth Heller, a Democrat, carried the recent municipal election with a comfortable lead, with 1,641 votes out of the total of 2,538 cast. Heller ran unopposed.
She will be working with a new Board of Selectmen, given that several members of the board chose not to run again. The new board will consist of Democrats Joe Crisco (1,303), Sheila McCreven (1,287) and Paul Kuriakose (1,273); the Republicans will be represented by David Vogel (1,190) and David Lober (1,153).
The results for Republicans Lober and Stephen Francis (1,151) came in so close that they required a recount, but Francis withdrew. Even so, two other results, for the Zoning Board of Appeals, were close and did trigger a recount, which took place on May 7. It did not change the outcome of the election, according to Ellie Sheehy in the Town Clerk’s office.
The Woodbridge Board of Education also will see some changes, as six of the nine-member board were up for re-election. New on the board are Jay Dahya (D, 1314), Maria Madonick (D, 1,343) Brooke Hopkins (R, 1129) and Sarah Beth Del Prete (R, 1,132). Returning to the board will be Michael Strambler (D, 1,305) and David Ross for a two-year term (D, 1,369).
Woodbridge will be sending two Democrats to the Amity Board of Education, Carol Oladele (1,320) and Donna Schuster (1,282) to replace Pat Cardozo and Robyn H. Berke. Sheila McCreven, who will be joining the Board of Selectmen come July, announced her resignation from that board. Her position will be filled by appointment by the Board of Selectmen until voters can weigh in at the next election.
The winners for the Board of Assessment Appeals are Janet Barillari (R, 1,115) and Andrew Schaffer (D, 1,344).
The winners for the Zoning Board of Appeals are Celia Waters (D, 1,269), Henry Nusbaum (D, 1,242), and Robert Wiznia (R, 1,233); the alternate will be Aldon Hynes (D, 1,233).
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent