GENESEO – Denise Battles, the president of SUNY Geneseo, congratulated students Mary Rutigliano and Matthew Cook on their successful election to the Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday.
Battles wished Rutigliano and Cook well in their terms in office and reminded them of the dedication that their duty will require.
“Congratulations to Matt Cook and Mary Rutigliano on their election to the Geneseo Village Board. Their desire to be actively involved in public service is an illustration of the College’s mission to produce socially responsible citizens,” said Battles. “Election to any public office is a sacred trust that requires dedication, preparation, and an obligation to represent the interests of all constituencies. I wish Mary and Matt the best as they begin their terms and dedicate themselves to meeting that obligation. The College looks forward to working with these new Board members and the entire Village leadership in maintaining the strong town-gown relationship we have enjoyed over the years.”
Rutigliano, 19, a Geneseo native, and Cook, 20, a Rochester native, defeated three other candidates for the two open Trustee seats with a record breaking 594 absentee ballots. Absentee ballots allow voters to cast a vote by mail without physically going to the polling place. Since the election fell on the first official day of spring break for college students, many students voted by absentee ballot.
The candidates were Leslie Carson (R), Rochester resident and SUNY Geneseo student Matthew Cook (I), former Chair of the Livingston County Democratic Committee Phil Jones (D), Geneseo resident and SUNY Geneseo student Mary Rutigliano (I), and incumbent Trustee Bob Wilcox (D).
The results from the board of elections were 672 Rutigliano, 538 Cook, 384 Carson, 338 Wilcox, 320 Jones.
Without factoring absentee ballots, the vote count was 346 Carson, 299 Wilcox, 276 Jones, 173 Rutigliano, 55 Cook.