MALTA: Klotz, Thomas, Sickels score wins

Asked about the tension currently evident between town board members, Thomas said she hopes a new face will bring change.

"We all need to carry a professional rapport as board members," said Thomas. "We need to leave our personal feelings at home."

Thomas is as a graphic artist in the state Assembly Minority Office of Member Services. She serves as chairwoman of the Malta Trails Committee and was a member of the town's planning and zoning review committee. She also served as a teen representative to the Malta Youth Commission and as a youth recreation counselor.

Gizzi said she did her best to bring light to the issues in the town, but felt the election results spoke for themselves.

"It's been a lot of turmoil for me, and the people will get what they asked for now," said Gizzi. "In some ways, this is a relief for me, but I really had hoped the people of Malta were better informed and turned out at the polls to bring change to local government."

Sickles stays on as town clerk

Republican Flo Sickels earned 1,485 votes, beating Democrat Cynthia Young, who took 1,351 votes.

Sickels started as deputy town clerk for the town of Malta in 1991, and is now finishing her eighth two-year term as clerk.

"It's just a great night," said Sickels at a party at Bentley's Tavern with fellow Republicans including town Supervisor Paul Sausville. "I couldn't be happier."

"This is a great night," Sausville agreed. "We'll all come together now to build our relationships and work cooperatively together. There were some mean, nasty things said during the campaigns, but we're getting new players who won't use the town board for political weapons."

On Thursday, Nov. 8, the current town board will hold a public hearing on a 2008 town budget that includes decreasing the hours of the deputy town clerk from full-time to 20 hours per week, representing a 19 percent decrease in the overall budget for the office of town clerk.

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